American Heart Association Communications and Marketing Director in Oakland, California


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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Communications and Marketing Director in the Greater Bay Area (based in Oakland) . The Director manages, plan, directs and implements the communications, marketing, media and public relations plan for the territory covered and proactively positions the AHA as the public’s leading authority on cardiovascular health and science through a combination of external and internal communications, marketing, media relations with a focus on:

  • Traditional and Digital Media

  • Overall Campaign Development and Traction

  • Elevated Visibility of the AHA as an Engaged Community Stakeholder

Essential Job Duties:

  • Pitches “big picture” stories focusing on hard news and research

  • Seeks, cultivates and maintain regional media relationships with traditional and emerging media

  • Develops and oversees implementation of the Communications and Marketing Plans, including cause sponsorship activation, for assigned territory and serves as communications and marketing consultant to staff and volunteers

  • Identifies and secures formal media partnerships for various events, campaign and cause initiatives

  • Executes social media plans and campaigns and stays informed of latest trends

  • Research and prepares media and background materials to support American Heart Association policy issues

  • Recruits, trains and manages volunteers for media spokespersons and human interest stories

  • Maintains the integrity of the brand and identity of the American Heart Association


Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field

  • 5+ years experience in the communications, marketing or journalism field

  • Knowledge of a variety of mass and alternative media, and principles of journalism including news gathering, interviewing, writing and editing

  • Knowledge and experience with the fundatmentals of multiple disciples including the principles and ethics of public relations, promotion, marketing, business communication, strategic planning and budgeting

  • Demonstrated excellence in both written and oral communication skills (i.e. news, business and persuasive writing, and one-on-one and group communication)

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure with minimal supervision

  • Strong negotiation, collaboration, time management, organization and interpersonal skills

  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary within the assigned territory and work evenings/weekends as needed, including occasional overnight business trips

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

  • Experience with the American Heart Association or similar nonprofit organization

  • Basic video, graphic design and photography skills

  • Cause-level sponsorship activation

  • Volunteer management

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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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Job Category Marketing/Communications