American Heart Association Communications Director in Southfield, Michigan
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 (AHA) is where you can make an extraordinary impact.
We have an excellent opportunity for a Communications Director for the Detroit and Ann Arbor markets. Will be based in our Southfield office.
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.
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.
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.
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 Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities
Requisition ID 2019-4622
Job Family Group Marketing & Communications
Job Category Marketing/Communications