American Heart Association Director Communications in Providence, Rhode Island

Director Communications

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Job Description

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day? Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director Communications in our Founders Affiliate office located in Providence, RI. Reporting to the Regional VP Communications, the Director Communications is responsible for the execution of a comprehensive, integrated communications plan, providing consultation and assistance in Providence, RI and Southern New England in the areas of media and public relations, maintaining relationships with the media, community organizations and professional and lay volunteers, interpreting AHA policies, strategies, goals and our mission to key audiences, as well as working closely with the Regional Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the Executive Director of Development and staff in Providence, Rhode Island.

Job Duties:

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop work plans in conjunction with health strategies and fundraising, administrative staff and volunteer leadership to reach the media, the general public and designated target audiences.

  • Prepare press releases and other relevant materials in support of the Association’s programs and services.

  • Have working knowledge of social media, especially Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

  • Identify and cultivate media sources. This includes reporters, producers, editors, public service directors, community relations staff, and sales and marketing staff.

  • Work effectively with volunteers, Board members and Affiliate & National staff to promote the Association’s mission.

  • Work in cooperation with the Affiliate’s regional offices on media-related issues or programs.

  • Work cooperatively with National Center on stories/projects that take place in assigned regions.

  • Provide spokesperson training to volunteer leadership and staff. Accompany spokespersons as necessary.

  • Communicate a positive image to all internal and external publics.

  • Provide consultation and assistance throughout designated territories in the areas of media and public relations.

  • Look for opportunities to work with media and other potential 3rd parties to provide traditional and non-traditional media sponsorship of messages, programs and activities.

  • Prepare and monitor regional budget.

  • Secure media sponsors and develop communications plans and timelines for core fund-raising events, including Heart Walk, Go Red For Women Luncheon, and social events

  • Provide heart and stroke-related information, spokespeople, etc. to the media as requested

  • Create and manage an expert media spokesperson database, complete with volunteers’ specialties, areas of expertise, etc.

  • Maintain and manage social media sites and web presence for Southern New England.

  • Coordinate all promotional activities with media sponsors, including PSAs, interviews with AHA spokespeople, etc., as well as monitor use of the AHA’s name and logo by media sponsors

  • Assist in securing communications volunteers for market boards and committees by recruiting new members while working with existing members to take on more projects and responsibilities, as appropriate

  • With local Advocacy Director, plan and implement a proactive media advocacy plan that supports AHA advocacy objectives and priorities.

Required Experience

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each skill satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Excellent written and verbal skills essential. While English is the working language of the office, fluency in a second language such as Spanish, is a plus.

  2. Understanding of, or experiences with, medical-related issues. Superior interpersonal skills.

  3. Project management and planning experience required.

  4. Knowledge of not-for-profit organizations and health care organizations a plus.

  5. Experience working with groups and/or volunteers and ability to train, manage and guide volunteers to achieve program goals and objectives, preferably in a not-for-profit environment.

  6. Experience in a fast-paced, diverse professional setting. Ability to handle multiple assignments, willingness to exercise initiative and follow through with minimal supervision, and to juggle priorities in a busy work environment.

  7. Ability to work closely with department team.

  8. Strong computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office products preferred (Word, Access, PowerPoint), and good managerial skills.

  9. Characteristics of the successful individual include: attentive to detail, imaginative, innovative, enthusiastic, works well with a wide variety of people, adaptable to working in varied circumstances.

  10. Must be willing and able to travel as required by this position.

  11. Satisfactory background and reference checks upon offer of employment.

Take a look at the experience we require:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years’ experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.

Experience: Must have at least 2 years of experience in public relations communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement. Nonprofit experience preferred.

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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Job Location

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Marketing/Communications

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