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American Heart Association Communications Director in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Now is the time to join an organization that enables you to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career!

We are currently hiring for a Communications Director in our Grand Rapids office. The Communications Director will set and execute our communications strategy to promote AHA health and development priorities in the Grand Rapids market including earned media, social media, paid media, PSAs, media advocacy, messaging and storytelling. This is a full-time position, which will be a hybrid of office-based and home-based days, coordinated with your supervisor.

Competitive salary is offered.

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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  • Proactively pitch AHA programs, campaigns, and events to the media on a local level.

  • Oversee local social media sites, including the creation and promoting of posts.

  • Negotiate and coordinate local media sponsorships for AHA programs, campaigns, and events.

  • Execute strategy for media advocacy that advances local and state policy goals.

  • Lead creation of market messaging for events and issues.

  • Recruit, engage and train local volunteers and staff to serve as AHA spokespeople in traditional, non-traditional and social media.

  • Work outside of normal business hours and on weekends as needed.


  • 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred.

  • Knowledge of media and communications principles, ethics, practices and techniques, including technical requirements.

  • Working knowledge of news media operations and news gathering.

  • Ability to create and maintain key contacts within the media.

  • Ability to recruit, organize, train, manage volunteers as well as ability to accomplish goals through them.

  • Exceptional skill in written and oral communications

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 40% and occasional overnight travel.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Compensation & Benefits

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.

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-MI-Grand Rapids

Posted Date 4 months ago (5/24/2022 5:29 PM)

Requisition ID 2022-8654

Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

Position Type Full Time

Location: MI-Grand Rapids