Communications & Advocacy Director

Job Type

Full Time




38 East 32nd Street
New York
New York
United States


Director, Global Health Strategies

Working at Global Health Strategies means that you’re passionate about social and economic justice, and see these goals as inseparable from public health and global development.

You have ambitious, out-of-the-box ideas and know how to build and motivate teams to bring them to fruition. You’re always seeking a better solution and the next opportunity to drive change. You have cut your teeth in global development or communications, led teams to excellent outcomes and want to push yourself as a leader and mission-driven professional.

You believe in the power of human stories and evidence to change hearts and minds, and you’re at home in both worlds. You’re an excellent written communicator, and building these skills in others excites you. You know that hard work and organization is behind every victory.

Everything is a learning opportunity. You surround yourself with diverse perspectives and people who inspire you to be better. You pay it forward by supporting others. Teams are more seamless, productive, enthusiastic and creative with your leadership. For you, no job is too big, no task too small.

You want a job that’s not a 9-to-5 obligation, but a purpose-driven environment with good food and better people (and the occasional office-wide lip sync video). And we would be thrilled to have you.

About the Role 

Directors lead teams and know how to devise a strategy and mobilize people to act, build expertise across wide-ranging topics, and provide strategic advice to diverse audiences. Directors have a sophisticated understanding and extensive experience of communication best practices, media relations and stakeholder engagement. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Making complex concepts accessible and actionable to a wide audience by developing strategies for creating key messages, fact sheets, social media posts and creative digital materials and mobilizing teams accordingly
  • Build strong relationships with top-tier media outlets so that our clients’ efforts receive the best coverage for advancing their goals
  • Elevating the voice and expertise of high-level influencers by polishing opinion pieces at key moments, prepping them for interviews, and providing ongoing counsel
  • Leveraging trends in media coverage, key announcements, new evidence and high-level conversations to further strategies that work on behalf of client interests


  • Identifying strategic moments and new champions to influence target stakeholders and amplify our clients’ goals
  • Getting partners on the same page through careful coordination, relationship management and message alignment
  • Getting partners, influencers and decision-makers in the same place by overseeing high-level events, including identifying invitees and speakers, and developing agendas or presentations
  • Building new coalitions of support for an issue with dedicated outreach, organization and relationship management
  • Following and tracking trends in global health policies and funding opportunities to continuously innovate on strategy

Client/Project Management 

  • Oversee all major deliverables by developing a vision and strategy and delegating work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Manage client relationships, ensuring the needs of the client are met and keep executive management apprised of project development 
  • Develop relationships with international opinion leaders and journalists 
  • Understand background and nuance across our priority issue areas to form compelling arguments and provide strategic counsel to clients
  • Coach junior staff members on writing, client-facing interactions, and time management skills
  • Manage project work plans and budgets to ensure timely completion of client deliverables 
  • Organize and attend events and meetings with executive management on behalf of clients
  • Responsible for follow-on and renewal business development 
  • Member of the senior management team (SMT) 

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7-10 years of work experience
  • Deep expertise in communications and media relations including pitching
  • Exceptional writing ability with emphasis in persuasive writing
  • Experience managing and mentoring teams to achieve ambitious results
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Microsoft Office proficiency

Valuable Qualifications 

  • Foreign language skills (French or Spanish, in particular)
  • International work experience
  • Agency experience
  • Online campaign and digital strategy experience
  • Public health and global development experience
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Experience with Adobe Suite of creative tools (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) or Canva



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement