Communications & Advocacy Director

08 Oct, 2020


Communications & Advocacy Director

Global Health Strategies
New York, NY

About the Role

At GHS, you have the opportunity to work on several accounts and global health initiatives with a collaborative team of passionate advocates and creative communicators. We are committed to your professional growth within GHS and beyond – you will be assigned to a Professional Development Coordinator who will guide you to toward continued growth. They do this by helping to align your professional goals with our organizational and project goals and expectations for advancement to the next level.

Directors lead teams and know how to devise a strategy and mobilize people to act, build expertise across wide-ranging topics, and provide strategic advice to diverse audiences. Directors have a sophisticated understanding and extensive experience of communication best practices, media relations and stakeholder engagement. Specific responsibilities include:


Making complex concepts accessible and actionable to a wide audience by developing strategies for creating key messages, fact sheets, social media posts and creative digital materials and mobilizing teams accordingly
Build strong relationships with top-tier media outlets so that our clients’ efforts receive the best coverage for advancing their goals
Elevating the voice and expertise of high-level influencers by polishing opinion pieces at key moments, prepping them for interviews, and providing ongoing counsel
Leveraging trends in media coverage, key announcements, new evidence and high-level conversations to further strategies that work on behalf of client interests

Identifying strategic moments and new champions to influence target stakeholders and amplify our clients’ goals
Getting partners on the same page through careful coordination, relationship management and message alignment
Getting partners, influencers and decision-makers in the same place by overseeing high-level events, including identifying invitees and speakers, and developing agendas or presentations
Building new coalitions of support for an issue with dedicated outreach, organization and relationship management
Following and tracking trends in global health policies and funding opportunities to continuously innovate on strategy
Client/Project Management

Oversee all major deliverables by developing a vision and strategy and delegating work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
Manage client relationships, ensuring the needs of the client are met and keep executive management apprised of project development
Develop relationships with international opinion leaders and journalists
Understand background and nuance across our priority issue areas to form compelling arguments and provide strategic counsel to clients
Coach junior staff members on writing, client-facing interactions, and time management skills
Manage project work plans and budgets to ensure timely completion of client deliverables
Organize and attend events and meetings with executive management on behalf of clients
Responsible for follow-on and renewal business development
Member of the senior management team (SMT)
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required
7-10 years of work experience
Deep expertise in communications and media relations including pitching
Exceptional writing ability with emphasis in persuasive writing
Experience managing and mentoring teams to achieve ambitious results
Experience managing budgets
Microsoft Office proficiency
Valuable Qualifications

Foreign language skills (French or Spanish, in particular)
International work experience
Agency experience
Online campaign and digital strategy experience
Public health and global development experience
Master’s degree in a related field
Experience with Adobe Suite of creative tools (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) or Canva

Learn more here

Job posted: 2020-10-08