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American Heart Association Communications & Marketing Director in Durham, North Carolina


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.

Offices will be reopening October 11, 2021. On this date the position will resume to being based in the local office and work will continue in the field with donors, volunteers and partners as the job requires. The American Heart Association is providing flexibility on the return to the office with a hybrid work schedule.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an opening for a Communications & Marketing Director in Durham, NC . This position will focus on developing and implementing communications and marketing plans that promote AHA's strategic priorities, events, and cause initiatives within the Greater Triangle market.

Responsibilities include developing and implementing media events, managing all local social media, developing media materials and other tools to inform key audiences about heart disease and stroke. This position will also assist with crisis communications and sensitive issues on an as-needed basis. The position interacts with volunteer leadership, senior management, component staff, news media, outside organizations and the general public for the purpose of enhancing the AHA’s public image and increasing the flow of news and other information to the media with the overall goal of supporting and impacting the strategic fundraising activities of the AHA.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develops/implements communications plans that promote the AHA's programs, events and cause initiatives.

  • Writes/distributes news releases and other media materials as appropriate to local media.

  • Pitches/places stories in traditional and non-traditional media.

  • Manages AHA local social media channels

  • Secures media participation in support of AHA events.

  • Develop media sponsorship proposals and secures media sponsorships as appropriate.

  • Conducts media relations activities to support cause initiatives and other key events/activities.

  • Implements awareness campaigns on topics such as heart disease, acute events, women’s heart health. Works collaboratively with other key market staff to develop an integrated approach to such campaigns.

  • Works with staff to ensure that branding guidelines are followed locally.

  • Helps fulfill public relations needs of corporate sponsored programs.

  • Identifies, secures and media trains local AHA spokespersons.

  • Works with internal fundraising staff to determine roles/responsibilities and provide support as appropriate.

  • Identifies human interest stories to be used for generating media coverage.

  • Tracks all media interactions and develops/maintains AHA spokesperson database.

Other Job Duties:

  • Develops and implements media events, such as survivor recognition events.

  • Works to place Public Service Announcements (PSA) locally.

  • Works with VP-Communications and Marketing to manage local crises or sensitive issues.

  • Develops and oversees implementation of communications plans for local fundraising events as appropriate.

  • Develops and oversees implementation of communications plans for local fundraising events as appropriate.

  • Promotes national health and science news to local media.

  • Works in collaboration with media advocacy staff to develop appropriate media advocacy strategies and implements strategies as appropriate.

  • Works with Executive Director and team to manage local paid advertising projects.

  • Manages and implements other projects as identified by the Executive Director

  • Travels as required within the assigned territory.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In this role, you will report to the Executive Director, Greater Triangle. Daily travel within the market is required.

Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?" Here are some of the requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or related field, or some college plus experience.

  • Minimum of three - five years of work experience in communications, social media, public relations and journalism or any equivalent combination of training and work experience.

  • Experience applying the principles and practices of communications and marketing to the non-profit environment.

  • Experience working as a team member with multiple internal and external constituencies: staff, media, external corporations and volunteers.

  • Experience with crisis communications and buzz marketing.

  • Experience implementing public relations campaigns, pitching to media, planning media events and development of press releases.

  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills including specialized experience in speech writing, general business writing, writing and editing for both print and broadcast media.

  • Working knowledge of news media operations, newsgathering and technology.

  • Ability to travel to local meetings and events as required and travel occasionally throughout the region and to the AHA’s National Center headquarters in Dallas, Texas as needed.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

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Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

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-NC-Durham

Posted Date 4 months ago (8/13/2021 3:31 PM)

Requisition ID 2021-7376

Job Family Group Marketing & Communications

Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

Location: Durham, NC