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Communication Manager

Vital Strategies, New York, NY USA

Work at Vital Strategies

Level: Manager (Supervisor)

Duration: Full-Time


Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment. People of color, women, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, people who are in recovery, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply. Read about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Vital Strategies: https://www.vitalstrategies.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-at-vital-strategies

This is a full-time position based out of our New York City office location, where a hybrid office schedule is in place. We offer highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. The salary range for this position is $73,000 to $85,000, and the candidate much have eligibility to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Vital Strategies is committed to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protecting the safety of our employees. All U.S. employees will be required to be fully vaccinated unless the employee is approved for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious reason.

Job Purpose:

Vital Strategies is looking for a Communication Manager to join our Partnership for Healthy Cities and Policy Advocacy and Communication teams. This role will be responsible for executing a wide range of marketing, communication and public relations activities to advance healthier and safer cities around the world.

With most of the global population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders play a critical role in developing, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for healthier populations. The Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vital Strategies, is a global network of 70 cities whose mayors have committed to prevent NCDs—including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic lung disease—and injuries through proven interventions. The third phase of the Partnership launched in 2021.

The ideal candidate is a team player who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced and collaborative environment. You’re a creative thinker, contributing new ideas about how to pitch stories or share information to audiences in new ways. You have a track record of taking initiative and driving results across multiple marketing and communications campaigns, channels, and projects. You are a superb writer, and have experience crafting compelling copy and content across blogs, brochures, and newsletters. Importantly, you have experience working across a wide range of communications and are passionate about our mission to make a difference in the world.

Our organization’s values:

Inclusive collaboration: We engage others, both inside and outside of the organization, to find the best solutions. We seek to listen to different perspectives and incorporate them into clear decision-making processes.

Respect: With interest and humility, we seek to understand the context where we work and learn from the expertise and experience of those with whom we work.

Commitment to learning: We reflect on our progress, build on our knowledge and adjust our approach as needed to achieve the best outcomes.

Ability to adapt: We are able and willing to adapt to new and evolving circumstances to ensure relevance and effectiveness of our work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Partner closely with our Partnership for Healthy Cities and Policy Advocacy and Communication teams to deliver publicity and media strategies to advance the Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative.

-Write compelling content for program brochures, media kits, blogs, briefings, bios, newsletter content, social media content, speaking proposals, presentations, videos, and landing pages.

-Seek opportunities to raise the visibility of the Partnership for Healthy Cities and its goals, activities and impact; execute publicity and campaign strategies that result in high-quality media coverage.

-Help build and nurture relationships with city and country communication officers, project teams, Partnership for Healthy Cities partner organizations and other key stakeholders to stay informed on initiative activities, proactively identify milestones, support press and communication strategies, and track/follow-up on media impact.

-Research media outlets, conferences, blogs, podcasts and marketing opportunities; assist with pitching and outreach; support interviews, workshops, events, press briefings, and other press and media engagements to advance the initiatives’ mission with regional, national, and international media.

-Build relationships with journalists, podcast producers and external partners and maintain a media database.

-Secure media placements in target media outlets and respond to media inquiries. Support city and country offices in securing media opportunities; develop and execute plans for communicating key milestones.

-Track communication activities; prepare and submit PR reports.

-Monitor news and follow trends in relevant areas including global health, urban health, health policy and development; proactively pitch ideas for stories and articles, including interviews and statements from key spokespeople; staff interviews and speaking appearances related to our work.

-Work with Vital Strategies’ Senior Communication Manager, Partnership for Healthy Cities, to plan events, pitch speakers and panels for relevant conferences; manage award and speaker submissions, and other thought leadership opportunities for the initiative.

-Coordinate scheduling, logistics and project management tools, as required.

-Maintain the Partnership for Healthy Cities website and media toolkit sites, as well as other digital properties as required.

Qualifications:

Skills and Abilities -

-Outstanding writing skills with sample blogs, OpEds, and/or short essays

-Excellent communicator, both written and oral

-Exceptional computer skills with experience in all Microsoft Office programs

-Experience with media intelligence platforms (e.g. Meltwater); email marketing services (e.g. Mailchimp); social media channels; and content management systems

-Background in health or nonproft is a plus

-Self-motivated, meticulously organized, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines

-Ability to work independently and with others

Experience:

Required -

-Minimum 6-7 years of professional experience, in communications, PR and/or marketing

Preferred -

-Agency experience preferred; international development, government and/or nonprofit experience, a plus.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

-Some international travel required

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies, based in New York City, is an international public health organization. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of illness, injury and death, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities. Our specific programs include, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, and activities to strengthen public health data systems and the use of public health data to guide policy and decision-making. Activities are based in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits . Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

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