Communications Coordinator, Community Solutions for Health Equity

09 Jul, 2022


Communications Coordinator, Community Solutions for Health Equity

Community Catalyst
Washington, D.C./Boston, MA


The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for providing communications support to a Community Catalyst Project: Community Solutions for Health Equity (CSHE), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  The Community Solutions for Health Equity Program (CSHE) is a national program that supports community-based organizations to build power to improve health care delivery and address equity.  

The program will pair funding resources for community organizations and a robust technical assistance program, equipping community and community organizations with the resources, strategies and partnerships needed to foster respectful relationships between communities and local health systems based on honesty and a commitment to equitable, positive care for communities. The program will carry out a robust communications strategy to influence the way the heath system responds to community needs and community demands. 

Communications will promote the importance of community and community voice to produce more equitable health practices among philanthropy, opinion leaders, health care stakeholders and community advocates. We approach all of this work with the goal of lifting up individual and community voice, with particular attention paid to communities who face disproportionate health disparities and who put forth great effort to be acknowledged by health care institutions. 

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by a staff union, Community Catalyst United, and specific employment terms may be subject to a future Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

This is a full time grant-funded position that will begin immediately and is funded through March, 2024.   


The Communications Director will supervise the Communications Coordinator. However, the Communications Coordinator will also work closely with the CSHE Program Director. 


  • Support development and implementation of all communications activity for the CSHE project, including technical assistance to grantees, strategy, media relations, digital communications, communications structure, protocols, messaging and implementation plans. 
  • Assist with providing communications technical assistance to CSHE grantees, by building relationships. Provide support in developing and executing communications strategies and tactics, production of communications materials, review of grantee materials and proactive and rapid response message development.  
  • Maintain the CSHE National Networking website by updating and creating new content. 
  • Assist with training to support the knowledge base and communications strategies of the 11 CSHE grantees.   
  • Work closely with the 11 CSHE grantees to help develop and execute communications strategies around campaign activities, including report releases, generating and pitching story ideas to the media, writing press releases, op-eds, statements and talking points, and triaging press calls. 
  • Provide support to grantees on their digital strategies to develop fresh, compelling and measurable web and social media content. 
  • Work with outside communications consultants and firms to develop and implement communications strategies and content, and work to ensure content is culturally competent and appropriately tailored to grantees’ needs and audiences.  
  • Assist with drafting common themes from the work of the project’s grantees and identify issues that can be elevated nationally through a strategic communications lens for evaluation by project director, team and communications director. 
  • Work with program director and communications director to translate these themes to a national audience, including national and state media outlets, health care plans and other health stakeholders, the philanthropy sector, racial and social justice networks, and key opinion leaders.  
  • Work with staff to develop and write reports and communications products. This includes providing assistance in translating complex health policy materials for grassroots community, coalitions and broader audiences. 
  • Provide support to Community Catalyst’s Communications department including trainings for staff and partners, content development, triaging press calls, and assistance with copyediting. 
  • Assist with developing communications component of funder reports and other information relevant to stakeholders. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 



  • Bachelors’ degree plus 1 years related work experience, or 2-3 years of relevant work experience 
  • Commitment to social and racial justice and experience in social change activism 
  • Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills 
  • Knowledge of how to leverage digital communications and social media in communications campaigns. 
  • Project management experience working with internal staff and external partners and/or vendors 
  • Experience providing assistance to advocacy organizations. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings 
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented and able to manage many tasks simultaneously 
  • Ability to respond to tight timelines 
  • Collaborative team player 


  • Strong interest in and knowledge of health policy issues with health communications experience 


  • Salary Range: $46,680—55,000 
  • Generous paid time off policy 
  • Robust benefits package 

Applicants should submit a resume with a one-page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Communications Coordinator, CSHE” in the subject line. A Word document format is preferred 

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. 

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status.   It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply. 

Job posted: 2022-07-09