Communications Director

Communications Director

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is seeking a dynamic and creative Director of Communications to expand on a strong base of both long and short term communications and media strategies.

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 Director of Communications will develop and implement strategies and tactics, including digital media, to broaden NHeLP’s reach to its key audiences, which include federal and state advocates and policymakers, funders, media, and national and state partner organizations. The Director of Communications will be located in the D.C. office. A Communications Specialist will support the Director.

Specific Responsibilities

• Overall: Develop and implement a plan that integrates all aspects of NHeLP’s communications. The plan will include strategic goals, message development, identifying target audiences, strategies for reaching those audiences, as well as metrics for assessing success.
• Media Relations: The Director will develop and execute a strategic media relations plan. The Director will work closely with the nation’s leading print and broadcast reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and bloggers in promoting NHeLP’s work. Working with the Executive Director and staff, the Director will assist in the development of opinion editorials and other written communications in order to place them in traditional and digital media outlets.
• Management Team: The Director will be part of the senior management team and will participate in regular management team meetings.
• Development support: Oversee communications support for development initiatives, including creation and implementation of branding language and strategies, and key organizational promotional materials, such as a social media campaigns, annual report, brochure and website.
• Message Development: The Director will work with staff to provide input on how best to frame NHeLP’s issues to their audiences.
• Publications: The Director will work with staff to manage the production and dissemination of both print and electronic based publications.
• Media Training: The Director will conduct introductory media training with new and less experienced staff as a standard onboarding protocol. He/she will also conduct advanced media training with current staff.
• Content Creation: The Director will be responsible for developing and overseeing content creation of collateral materials to support all communications functions, including media relations, social media, and development support.
• Website Management: The Director will oversee management and updates of website content and functionality.
• Social Media: The Director will oversee daily management of current social media accounts, e.g., Facebook and Twitter. He/she will also provide ongoing recommendations on best practices to improve the content and timeliness of communications with NHeLP’s followers.

Additional Qualifications

• The successful candidate will have 7-10 years of experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans that include significant substantive content and also focus on influencing national and state health policy debates.
• The successful candidate will have previous 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.
• A demonstrated ability to think strategically and to effectively develop, communicate, and execute communications plans.
• Proven ability to effectively communicate through written memos and presentations.
• Excellent knowledge and use of statistics that define and describe Communications impact.
• A mastery of outreach principles and activities to include branding, and marketing.
• Ability to drive editorial strategy and content to meet and shape the public conversation that guides health law and policies.
• Keen understanding of the current media and social media environment.
• Experience leading teams who carry out digital communications, including web sites, editorial, media, video, blogs, and social media.
• Experience working well under pressure, determining priorities, and producing results.
• Understanding and ability to maintain confidentiality of legal work product. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage sensitive situations.
• Strong sense of self-motivation; able to prioritize multiple tasks, work independently and maintain deadlines, without hesitating to ask questions or to seek guidance when necessary.
• Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), familiarity with social media portals and technology, and web-based/virtual technologies (e.g. Skype, WebEx, and BOX) are required.


Full time, immediately available.


Competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. Salary range is $95,108 to $100,000. 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 Director” to: No phone calls please. Cover letter, résumé, writing sample and 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

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