Communications Specialist

Communications Specialist

The National Health Law Program seeks a Communications Specialist who is a creative thinker, excellent manager of priorities and seasoned strategist who can help grow a communications team, effectively oversee communications work, for both national and state audiences, help manage external communications consultants, and help our organization achieve major impact on key challenges facing our nation’s public health care insurance system.

The National Health Law Program

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, to individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

NHeLP is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff and to advancing health equity in our work. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We also encourage individuals whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities to apply. For more information about our values and our equity journey, see our Equity Stance.

The Position

The Communications Specialist will be responsible for a wide range of communications tasks, reporting to the Director of Communications, and working closely with our issue experts, thought leaders and advocates. This position is based in NHeLP’s Washington, D.C. office.

Specific Responsibilities

• Work with the Director of Communications to lead the strategic development of communications priorities and opportunities to amplify the work of the National Health Law Program;
• Coordinate under supervision of the Director of Communications outreach work including press teleconferences, blogs, social media campaigns;
• Bring sophisticated framing and messaging skills and tools to our core areas of work, including defending Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
• Identify new strategies and innovative products for injecting our ideas in the public debate to help sustain and grow a progressive narrative;
• Elevate NHeLP’s influence online and bring an inspiring and fresh perspective to digital and social media across all channels; and
• Assist with development and implementation of branding language and strategies, and of key organizational promotional materials, such as social media campaigns, annual report, brochure and website.


• The successful candidate will have 5-7 years of experience in non-profit advocacy, corporate or trade association communications, public affairs or public relations agency work, or political communications.
• Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Communications, Public Relations, English or Journalism required.
• Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), experience using Google analytics or other analytical platforms, familiarity social media portals and technology, and web-based/virtual technologies (e.g. Skype, WebEx, and BOX) are required.
• Strong graphic design capabilities are a plus, especially the ability to work with Adobe InDesign.

Core Competencies

• Dynamic team player. You know how to take initiative and collaborate with Communications Director and other colleagues to encourage innovation. You know how to achieve your goals and are particularly skilled at prioritizing and working with Communications Director to reach those goals. Approachability and a sense of humor are a plus.
• Excellent strategic thinker. You will be able to follow the daily news cycle on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and other public health insurance programs, and help create strategic development of our communications work for maximum impact.
• A commitment to health care rights for all. You are motivated to develop a sophisticated understanding of how health rights are integral to a nation devoted to equality and fundamental human rights and to developing and nurturing relationships within the organization and in partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, all to advance the day when all individuals have access to quality health care.
• Ability to develop knowledge of framing and messaging research. You are familiar with or can quickly become familiar with Medicaid, the ACA and other public health insurance programs and the challenges facing them and how lives of our most vulnerable would be adversely impacted by cut backs in these programs.
• Exceptional detail-oriented project management. You can prioritize effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and are eager to learn more.


Full-time, immediate availability


Competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. Salary range is $63,333 to $68,000. Generous benefits are available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits, a retirement savings opportunity, and the ability to telecommute. NHeLP also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, a writing sample (preferred length between 3-10 pages), and a list of three professional references, with the subject “Comms Specialist” to: [email protected] . No phone calls please. Cover letter, résumé, writing sample and a list of references should be in PDF format. Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSanchezResume.pdf. For more information, please visit:

Reasonable Accomodations

NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to [email protected]

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