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American Heart Association Director of Executive Communications in Houston, Texas


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.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Executive Communications in the SouthWest region, which is a six-state region that includes Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. You will be supporting the SVP of Development and the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the SouthWest region – along with staff and volunteers from across six states – to develop and execute an internal and external communications strategy for the Executive Vice President. This includes developing and driving a comprehensive communication plan for the EVP that aligns with the region’s priorities. Tasks include writing speeches and developing high-quality materials for presentations, creating volunteer updates and correspondence, driving content for internal platforms including live broadcasts for staff and volunteers, creating a compelling social media presence for the EVP, and cultivating an archive of materials to support these communications efforts. The Director of Executive Communications must be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, as well as a visual communicator, a collaborator, a source of creative ideas, knowledgeable of the external business and social media landscape. This role requires an expert in multi-tasking, a proactive master at planning who is deadline-oriented and extremely organized. This role must be located within the SouthWest region and preferably in Dallas/Irving, TX.


  • Draft correspondence for the Executive Vice President to steward and cultivate internal and external audiences, including volunteers, donors and staff members

  • Design and create visual depictions of the current state of the business for the appropriate senior level audiences

  • Develop strategy, research content and draft speaking points for EVP presentations, appearances and meetings, as well as creating custom supporting documents (e.g., handouts, PowerPoint slides)

  • Proactively keep the EVP and SVP of Development abreast of new trends and top stories in the marketplace that are of interest to our business priorities

  • Develop content for staff monthly email address

  • Work to develop regular EVP podcast and videos as needed

  • Establish credibility and trust with staff across the region to facilitate access to accurate information

  • Cultivate and maintain a compelling social media presence for the EVP

  • Maintain calendar of EVP speaking engagements and appearances and provide all preparation needed in a timely manner

  • Work alongside the SVP of Development in in the planning, development and execution of large projects, initiatives and events. Examples include a large awards program for regional staff, nomination of regional staff for national awards and recognition, management retreats and conferences, etc.

  • This position requires ability to travel overnight approximately 10-15% of the time

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications or related field

  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience with significant communications and/or writing responsibilities

  • Speech and script writing experience

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong skills in visual storytelling using PowerPoint and other graphic design tools

  • Experience working with senior-level executives

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high volume work environment

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Proficiency with social media and online/web communications

  • Experience with basic video editing (Windows MovieMaker/iMovie) preferred

  • Multi-tasking ability and the proven ability to meet deadlines on a consistent basis

  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision

  • Project management skills

  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with all levels of American Heart Association staff, volunteers and the public

  • Willingness and proven ability to work in an atmosphere requiring flexibility and change

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Location US-Anywhere - SouthWest

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/3/2020 5:39 PM)

Requisition ID 2019-5327

Job Family Group Marketing & Communications

Job Category Marketing/Communications


Location: Houston,TX