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American Heart Association National Communications Director in Dallas, Texas


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. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

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. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a National Communications Director in our National Center office located in Dallas, Texas. This position can be home-based.

In this role you will be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-year communications plan for the assigned business unit or team. Responsible for management oversight, reviews and goal development, as well as mentoring of communications team. Responsible for developing appropriate resources to advance understanding and public support for the Association’s impact on international initiatives, programs and corporate support that advance the mission of the Association. Responsible for supervising 4-5 Communications Managers.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develops and executes strategic Marketing Communications plans in support of the enterprise’s Health Equity programs and initiatives. Deploys staff and volunteer resources and strategy/tactic development in support of communications counsel to internal constituents, identifies and implements agency/vendor strategies when budgeted and manages tactical execution of MarCom strategy through multiple communications channels, including the expanding the digital and social footprint.

  • Provides Corporate Communications support for Diversity and Inclusion and the Social Determinants of Health strategic plan – both reside under the Office of Health Equity. Amplify the Office’s impact on the Association’s life-saving mission among volunteers, internal stakeholders and external partners. Identifies and capitalizes on opportunities to strengthen relationships with strategic alliances and external partners.

  • Builds Health Equity portfolio of MarCom assets to promote equitable health programs and sponsor objectives. Oversees the development of materials to maximize content, events, volunteers, and information. Leverages comprehensive understanding of multicultural traditional and digital media and the emerging role of social media to strategize for effective, relevant implementation and coverage. Supports the Association’s regional Communications and Community Impact VPs and directors by developing and providing necessary information to drive year-round support and coverage of our Health Equity programs and initiatives.

  • Directs and manages vendors, staff and volunteer experts to collaborate with internal departments and program leads. Guides team to encourage creativity and growth in implementation of Marketing Communications plans.

  • Prepares and presents strategic plans to senior leadership to engage staff and volunteer support. Develops opportunities and relationships for advancement of the Association’s goals.

  • Executes MarCom deliverables for corporate sponsors, donors and funders. Oversees and manages resources and processes that support team effectiveness and maximizes coverage while remaining fiscally responsible to sponsors and funding organizations. Ensures staff meets standards and deadlines outlined in Marketing Communications plans.


  • Seven (7) years of corporate communications and marketing experience including developing targeted campaigns and communication plans

  • Five (5) years of the following experience:

  • Extensive and diverse Marketing Communications experience including developing strategic plans

  • Experience leading, supervising, and coaching staff

  • Experience with cultivating and engaging volunteers and strategic alliances

  • Experience with budget development and oversight

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of the following experience:

  • Prior experience in Public Relations; agency or national corporation

  • Prior experience in non-profit organization

Compensation & Benefits

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  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 1 week ago (3/15/2023 6:08 PM)

Requisition ID 2018-2656

Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

Position Type Full Time

Location: TX-Dallas