Director, Communications

22 Dec, 2020


Director, Communications

National Coalition of STD Directors
Washington, DC

Join a dynamic and growing organization doing impactful work for those on the front lines of our nation’s STD public health crisis.

The Director of Communications leads the organization’s overall communications strategy and activities with the goal of shifting the national narrative about STDs to one of urgency for policymakers, the public health field, and the public. Reporting to the executive director, the Director of Communications works with the senior team to develop and implement a communications plan that increases the organization’s reach and impact and elevates a diversity of voices within the field to ensure that NCSD addresses the social determinants of health. The Director of communications is responsible for the quality of NCSD products and for helping the organization speak with one voice in a compelling and persuasive style using technology and other tools.

Here is what you will be doing:

  • Collaborate with the executive director and senior leadership to develop communications strategies and approaches
  • Create and refine core NCSD public health messaging
  • Identify significant public policy and program issues that can be leveraged to support NCSD’s work, and create and implement a communications plans to exploit them
  • Serve as an executive editor for the NCSD website and social media platforms
  • Collaborate with the senior team and other staff on all NCSD publications to ensure quality and organizational consistency in voice, image, use of logo, and brand image
  • Manage media relations to garner public attention and move the needle on priority topics
  • Work with members and the board of directors to conduct communications trainings and to disseminate talking points and other communications materials
  • Convene a communications roundtable of communications professionals from health departments
  • Train spokespersons to address sexual health and STDs, racial and health disparities, from Black, Latinx and Native American communities
  • Develop briefs, fact sheets, STD Weekly, and other publications
  • Work collaboratively with CDC, other funders, and national organizations to coordinate messaging and to garner support for NCSD priorities and messaging and liaison with reporters and other media contacts
  • Supervise and manage communications staff
  • Serve as organizational spokesperson as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Here is what you need to know:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years of senior communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations, social media, and website content in the public health field
  • Extensive writing and editing experience demonstrated by writing samples
  • A strong record of achievement in a competitive communications environment
  • Experience coaching and supporting members as spokespersons

This position is a full-time and includes a generous benefits package, including a retirement match and employer-paid health insurance.


Located in the nation’s capital, NCSD is a national public health membership organization representing health department STD directors, their support staff, and community-based partners across 50 states, seven large cities, and eight US territories. Our vision is a nation without sexually transmitted diseases. Our mission is to advance effective STD prevention programs and services in every community across the country. NCSD does this as the voice of our membership. We provide leadership, build capacity, convene partners, and advocate.

NCSD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, transgender people, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

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Job posted: 2020-12-22