Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time




1400 K Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Job Location: Washington, DC

National Council for Behavioral Health exists to improve the health of all Americans as the largest association in the United States providing mental health and addiction services through our 2800-member organizations.

This is an exciting opportunity for a communications professional who wants to apply their skills and experience toward making a significant difference in one of the most important, but solvable issues today.

The Manager, Communications is responsible for developing and executing a range of communications strategies and tactics to help National Council on several fronts:

  1. Mental Health First Aid – a ground-breaking program with over 1M Americans trained to date, that teach people how to recognize and respond to mental health substance use challenges. (60%)
  2. Strategic Partners – select organizations such as other non-profit, private sector organizations and universities that National Council works with collaboratively to support key initiatives and opportunities. (20%)
  3. Other strategic priorities of the organization – National Council is always engaged in a variety of important initiatives to improve the lives of all Americans through the range of services and supports we and our member organizations offer. (20%)

Position Summary:

Will be held accountable for the planning and execution of content in line with National Council portfolios, projects and’s editorial calendar, including:

  • Providing innovative new ways to most effectively reach our key audiences and drive results
  • Planning, drafting content and communication to those key audiences
  • Strategic promotion of creative designs and marketing collateral
  • Collaborating with the all team members and key staff throughout the organization.
  • Researching and analyzing data to help inform marketing and communications strategies
  • Managing production and execution of creative projects, such as ads, infographics, videos, and other collateral
  • Managing social media and online engagement for Mental Health First Aid
  • Gathering and developing stories for use in marketing and media efforts
  • Writing and editing blogs, emails, one-pagers and other written materials
  • Serving as a project manager on various projects

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years communications experience in complex settings; strategic health care and/or nonprofit communications experience a plus
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Strong team player who enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, but who works equally well alone
  • Results-oriented with a high attention to detail
  • Project management expertise
  • Functional proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Premiere, Photoshop)
  • Experience with website technologies; WordPress preferred
  • Experience with e-blast and marketing automation technologies
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field

Organization Overview:

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 2,800-member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. To learn more about the National Council, visit

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement