Senior Director of Health Communications

01 Jun, 2021


Senior Director of Health Communications

Waxman Strategies
Washington, DC

As a Senior Director of Health Communications, you will work with our Technology Communications team and partner closely with our Health team to deliver for our clients as we work to shape and influence policy around critical health issues.

Responsibilities include:

  • Driving the success of client communications goals, which involves the development and implementation of integrated communications strategies, plans and campaigns calibrated to achieve short and longer term objectives and impact.
  • Strengthen and cultivate relationships with health reporters and health policy media; actively pitch stories and generate coverage; and train and manage staff around reporter outreach.
  • Oversee and take a lead role in the writing and editing of a variety of communications materials, both internal and external, including press releases, reporter pitches, blog posts, fact sheets, talking points and contributed content such as op-eds, bylines and blog posts.
  • Manage thought leadership programs, including crafting materials and, press releases, fact sheets, presentations, and contributed content such as op-eds, bylines and blog posts; and driving executive visibility and industry thought leadership campaigns for clients and internally.
  • Work closely with clients to develop effective messaging and innovative health policy narratives for targeted audiences, securing speaking engagements and identifying and securing opportunities to enhance clients’ position in the market.
  • Project manage communications deliverables and directly support multiple clients.
  • Perform other duties as needed to help meet Waxman Strategies’ priorities and goals, including supporting communications work around innovative health technologies and business models, supporting alliance development, coalition management and communications.
  • Play a key role in business development, actively identifying potential new clients, and participation in new client meetings and ongoing conversations, and writing/presenting proposals.
  • Manage and train one or more members of the communications staff; recruiting and hiring additional staff as needed.

Who you are:

  • You have a minimum of eight years of professional work experience, including a background in communications, public affairs, and/or public relations, including some experience in an agency setting.
  • You have experience on health policy issues and are interested in continuing to deepen your expertise. You are familiar with the D.C. political scene and have an understanding of legislative and regulatory work, including experience shaping communications around advocacy plans to move decision makers.
  • You have an ability to capitalize on media opportunities, drive communications program activity and evaluate campaign results against objectives.
  •  You have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of expertise on health issues, including reporters and clients.
  • You are passionate about health equity and working on behalf of underserved communities.
  • You have experience recruiting, managing, and mentoring staff.
  • You have flexibility, can take initiative, and a willingness to learn as issues arise.
  • You have excellent project management and organizational skills.


We have a generous benefits package, including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan. We offer a supportive and collaborative work setting with full-time working hours (and flexibility as needed for working parents and other personal demands), a beautiful new office space, and a talented, driven, passionate, and fun team working alongside you.

How to Apply

Please visit and click on “to apply”. Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter which demonstrates your writing abilities and let us know how you learned of the job. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the job will remain posted on our website until it is filled.

Job posted: 2021-06-01