Job Type

Full Time




1634 I Street Northwest
Suite 1100
District of Columbia
United States


TITLE: Senior Communications Manager

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

REPORTS TO: Director of Communications  

Friends of the Global Fight is an advocacy organization that works to increase U.S. awareness of the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier, and support broader efforts to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. The Senior Communications Manager position is an integral part of the team; working with the Director of Communications and the Program Research and Impact Manager, this individual will be responsible for supporting the organization through written communications, media relations and website content development.



The communications team works to meet Friends of the Global Fight’s goals via:

  • Writing and disseminating compelling, timely and accurate print and digital content
  • Building relationships with key U.S. and international reporters and conducting ongoing, proactive media outreach
  • Creating compelling messages
  • Developing thought leadership
  • Having a presence at key events
  • Collaborating closely with the Global Fund

The Senior Communications Manager’s primary responsibility is to handle writing, editing and media outreach assignments associated with these communications objectives. In this capacity, the Senior Communications Manager will not only write but also track global public health trends, the work of the Global Fund and relevant policy initiatives in order to tie Friends of the Global Fight’s messages to timely issues.



  • Write or update a variety of collateral and educational materials including letters to the editor and op-eds, statements and press releases, blogs, newsletters, information sheets, website copy and talking points for diverse audiences
  • Identify appropriate outlets, determine author/attribution for letters to the editor/op-eds, secure author approval and pitch and place articles in national and state-level news outlets
  • Monitor traditional and social media to identify creative news hooks and external conversations to join to position the Global Fund and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to target U.S. audiences
  • Identify storytelling opportunities related to the Global Fund’s work, and collaborate with Global Fund staff and partners to identify and interview sources
  • Working closely with the Communications Director, develop press plans, media pitches and partner promotion toolkits for Friends report releases, as well as for relevant external global health outreach opportunities such as World AIDS Day
  • Work with the Friends policy team to develop and implement state and local communications and press outreach plans to target priority Members of Congress in-district
  • Assist the Program Research and Impact Manager in writing materials to support executive visibility efforts, including submission proposals and talking points for presentations
  • Collaborate on management of content for the Friends of the Global Fight website to ensure it communicates timely, appropriate material in an impactful way
  • Manage the communications intern
  • Support events hosted by Friends of the Global Fight and the Global Fund
  • Perform other duties, as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written communication and editing skills, AP Style knowledge preferred
  • Ability to translate complex, technical information and make it accessible and engaging to a broader audience
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Strong media relations and pitching experience; proven record identifying creative news hooks and securing coverage for an issue/organization in a challenging media environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple short and long-term assignments
  • Knowledge of how to reach a target audience most effectively
  • Self-directed, with the capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to find relevant data from proven source materials
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Interest in global health and public policy
  • Can-do spirit and flexibility to creatively problem solve issues as they arise and drive for results


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five to seven years of professional communications, writing and public relations experience; agency experience preferred
  • Writing samples that demonstrate the ability to translate complex health/scientific or policy issues to a broader readership
  • Journalism, design, multimedia skills, and/or knowledge of international health care issues a plus



Salary is competitive and depends on qualifications, plus a competitive benefits package. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send an email (with cover letter, resume, and writing samples) with subject heading “Senior Communications Manager” to No phone calls please.