Director, Communications and Media

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/13/2018

Address

38 East 32nd Street
New York
New York
10016
United States

Description

About Global Health Strategies (GHS):

Global Health Strategies (GHS) is an international consulting firm that uses advocacy, communications and policy analysis to advance issues and power campaigns that improve health and wellbeing around the world. We work across some of the world’s most dynamic regions to enable policy innovations, mobilize resources and build political will, engaging global and local audiences to drive change. At the heart of our work is the vision of a world where everyone, no matter where they live, has the chance to live a healthy life. We are helping to achieve this goal by working with clients to promote research and development for urgently needed medicines, advocate for services on behalf of at-risk populations, and strengthen the most vulnerable health systems so that they can stand resilient in the face of modern threats.

Working at GHS 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.

Our offices are in New York, New Delhi, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and London and we support work in diverse countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our clients include foundations, industry, NGOs, government agencies, academic institutions and product development partnerships.

About the Position:

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 stakeholder engagement and communication best practices, with a proven track record of successful media relationships and measurable results. Specific responsibilities include:

Communications

  • Developing long-term strategic communications strategies or campaigns in conjunction with high-level client communications and program staff
  • Making complex concepts accessible and actionable to a wide audience by developing strategies for creating key messages, fact sheets, op-eds, social media posts and creative digital materials, and mobilizing teams accordingly
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with top-tier media outlets, including reporters, editors and editorial boards, to effectively pitch stories and op-eds
  • Elevating the voice and expertise of high-level influencers by conceptualizing and polishing opinion pieces at key moments, prepping them for interviews, and providing ongoing counsel
  • Staying aware of and leveraging trends in media coverage, social media, key announcements, new evidence and high-level conversations to further strategies that work on behalf of client interests

Advocacy

  • 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
  • Deep experience with and a love of engaging reporters and pitching stories
  • 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


Benefits

None

Level of Language Proficiency

None

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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