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American Heart Association Communications Director in Louisville, Kentucky


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.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Communications Director for the state of Kentucky, with a primary focus on the Lexington and Louisville markets. Director may be based in our Lexington or Louisville office. Weekly travel between each market is required.

To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.


The Communications Director sets and executes our communications strategy to promote AHA health and development priorities in assigned markets including earned media, social media, paid media, PSAs, media advocacy, messaging and storytelling.

  • Proactively pitch AHA programs 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 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 or some college plus experience. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

  • 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 2010 or higher 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.

Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those deemed most qualified will be contacted to interview.

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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Location US-KY-Lexington

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/4/2020 10:48 AM)

Requisition ID 2019-5460

Job Family Group Marketing & Communications

Job Category Marketing/Communications

Additional Locations US-KY-Louisville

Location: Louisville, KY