Director, Healthcare Communications

08 Nov, 2021

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Director, Healthcare Communications

SKDKnickerbocker
Washington, DC
SKDK, an award-winning public affairs and political advertising agency, is looking for a driven, self-starter to join its public affairs team as a Director for Healthcare Communications. With offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Albany, and Los Angeles, SKDK brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, political committees, and candidates.
Whether it is creating a campaign launch video for a candidate, assisting a corporate client on establishing messaging around their corporate social responsibility strategy, or guiding a nonprofit through a crisis, SKDK is always at the forefront, leading the charge. There is no company better that understands the intersection of press, politics, and policy.
At SKDK, we are made whole by the diversity of our team. We are a firm that invites and celebrates the uniqueness of each member of our team and encourages individuals to bring their best selves into the workplace. Whether it is through participation in one of our Employee Resource Groups, serving on our DEI Council, opportunities to volunteer, or bringing a new perspective to client work, your individuality and experience matters.
As a Director you will be responsible for driving overall strategy and advising healthcare clients and account teams on new initiatives.

A Director’s job responsibilities include:

    • Leading small client teams and managing junior staff’s work with input from team leads.
    • Tracking client deliverables and timelines.
    • Maintaining regular client communication, including reporting.
    • Anticipating and delivering on client needs.
    • Securing and managing coverage in local and national print and broadcast outlets.
    • Developing and maintaining booker, producer, and reporter relationships.
    • Building robust media strategies.
    • Leading the development of strategic communications plans and supplemental project plans.
    • Serving as a thought leader with team leads to meet client goals.
    • Supporting the development of new business proposals and ideas.

A successful candidate will have:

    • Previous experience working on campaigns, in government, at a corporation or public relations agency with a strong background and understanding of the healthcare communications landscape.
    • A strong track record of building media strategies to support healthcare companies and clients, including placing a wide range of national print and broadcast stories in addition to drafting op-eds, press releases, media advisories, Q&A, talking points, statements as well as other communication documents.
    • Experience working with hospital systems, healthcare companies, pharmaceutical products, biotech and/or medical devices, and emerging digital health technologies as well as knowledge of the media landscape and considerations in this space.
    • Strong understanding and knowledge of key trends, policies and players in the healthcare and health policy ecosystem.
    • Ability to manage an effective and innovative thought leadership platform and strategic speaking plans for multiple senior executives and corporate leaders.
    • Proven ability to develop and execute strategic integrated communications programs that deliver results.
    • Experience leading a talented and dynamic team while cultivating a collaborative atmosphere.
    • Experience and ability to advise healthcare clients and account teams on new initiatives.
    • Excellent writing skills and experience crafting a variety of health communications materials.
    • Strong strategic instincts and ability to develop and execute communications and strategic plans.
    • Conceptual thinker with excellent organizational and prioritization skills and meticulous attention to detail.
    • Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines in tandem.
Candidates should have 5-8+ years of relevant experience in healthcare communications, public relations, writing, crisis communications, and media intensive positions.
Please Note: This role is currently remote due to continued closure of SKDK offices due to COVID-19. This role will be Washington D.C based upon return to office (anticipated return date: January 2022).
What we offer: 
SKDK provides a generous benefits package including 100% coverage for health, vision, and dental insurance premiums; paid parental leave; time off including vacation, holidays, and sick time; 401(k) with an employer contribution, reimbursement for cellular service, public transportation benefits, and additional benefits.
SKDK believes in the growth and development of all our employees and therefore we offer:
Professional development and career guidance
Opportunities for advancement
Participation in Employee Resource Groups
A collegial and supportive office environment
SKDK is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any protected category.

Job posted: 2021-11-08