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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that affects different parts of the body. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to kidney failure. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. The disease has no known cause and no known cure. The Lupus Foundation of America is the nation’s leading voluntary organization serving the lupus community including persons with lupus, their families, physicians, researchers, and the general public. Our mission is to educate and support those affected by lupus and find a cure.
The Health Writer/ Producer is a key member of the Education and Research Team, responsible for helping the Foundation maintain, create and publish relevant, engaging and actionable health content for those impacted by lupus, turning concepts into products and communicating complex information in understandable ways.
The ideal candidate must have experience creating and editing health content for a wide range of channels and audiences who are impacted by lupus, knowledge of and experience in project management of publishing content , and the ability to apply style guides, health literacy principles, and health education/ communication best practices to the development of high-quality materials, tools and products. The Health Writer/ Producer will report to the Vice President, Education and Research, but will work on a daily basis and receive assignments and supervision from the Director of the National Research Center on Lupus and the Senior Director of Education and Research.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Health Writer/ Producer shall be responsible for the creation and review of health content and the completion of tasks integral to the Foundation’s content and production - processes. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Write and produce health content for different audiences, including consumers, patients, caregivers, policy makers, advocates, and health care professionals.
- Create content that describes lupus in creative and impactful ways and effectively communicate important issues to audiences impacted by lupus.
- Create content of different formats and types, including website content, feature articles, social media copy, videos, infographics, slideshows, news, blogs, copywriting, fact sheets, animations, scripts, patient education information, program information, newsletters, op-eds, and marketing and donor appeals.
- Edit and review content to ensure it adheres to the Foundation’s style and brand guidelines, plain language and clear communication standards, and health education and communication best practices.
- Complete, track and coordinate tasks to support all phases of the Foundation’s content and production processes—from idea generation, to editorial and production planning, to dissemination of final product.
- Coordinate content reviews with medical, research, and health experts, Foundation committee and board members, and senior-level staff internal to the Foundation.
- Inventory, audit and evaluate health education content, resources and tools for readability, usability, heath literacy, and accessibility.
- Support the development of education and research programming.
- Support the development or refinement of style guides and standard operating procedures.
- Attend and prepare materials for the Foundation’s major events.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Required Education: Bachelor's Degree. Desired fields of study: Journalism, English, Communications, Public Health, and Health Communication.
- Required Experience: 2-4 years. Minimum 2 years of professional writing experience is required. Experience writing in the health care field is preferred.
- Knowledge of health promotion, health communication, health literacy, usability, and digital communication best practices.
- Ability to demonstrate understanding of lupus and effectively communicate issues of concern to constituents.
- Ability to produce content in multiple formats (e.g., video, text, infographics, slideshows) and to determine the most appropriate format for different messages, channels and audiences.
- Ability to grasp complex issues and communicate about them in understandable ways.
- Ability to interview and connect with people and tell their stories in creative and impactful ways.
- Ability to ensure the consistent quality, style and tone of health content and advance Foundation objectives through clear, crisp and compelling communication.
- Ability to find solutions and work collaboratively in a changing priority environment.
- Ability to prioritize, monitor, track and evaluate multiple tasks, projects, goals and performance measures.
- Ability to build trust and influence others.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to take initiative, and turn raw concepts into award-winning communication products.
- Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback.
- Ability to conduct research and fact-check materials.
- Ability to learn new technology.
- Mastery of AP Stylebook and plain language and clear communication guidelines.
- Mastery of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage. Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more!
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including SALARY REQUIREMENTS, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Health Writer" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.