John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is seeking an experienced Health Communication Specialist to support our U.S. Health Services Division projects. This role may be based in our Boston, MA or Berkeley, CA offices, though we are also willing to consider placement in our other offices: Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Bow, NH; Denver, CO; Providence, RI.
JSI is a public health research and consulting firm dedicated to promoting and improving health around the world. JSI’s work in Health Communication (https://healthcommunication.jsi.com/) combines our decades of public health experience with strategies and approaches to support strategic communication and behavior change initiatives to improve people's lives.
The Senior Health Communication Specialist will support a range of public health projects and health communication campaigns throughout the U.S., with a primary focus on the new Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The COE for Behavioral Health will provide training and technical assistance to HRSA grantees to support the integration of evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health services into primary care, with a specific focus on opioid use.
HRSA Center of Excellence (COE) for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance
Leads the COE Communication Team, including graphic designers and other communications staff, and provides strategic communications leadership to the entire project team and HRSA Communication Staff
Develops, implements, and evaluates a 3-year communications plan to promote the COE training and TA opportunities to HRSA grantees and stakeholders through the COE website, HRSA eNews and social media, conferences, and other strategic partnerships
Oversees the development of branding and marketing templates and materials, while ensuring that all project materials are compliant with HRSA branding requirements and accessibility (Section 508) requirements
Collaborates with technical staff to develop and implement recruitment strategies for training and TA activities and to produce a range of communications deliverables as needed to meet the project objectives
Other US-based Projects and Activities
Manages domestic health communication projects, including strategic communication initiatives and behavior change campaigns
Provides thought leadership across the Division to implement innovative multi-channel communication strategies, with an emphasis on digital and social media
Conducts formative research, including focus groups and interviews, for health communication projects
Works in project teams to develop, test, and disseminate culturally-appropriate, compelling print and online materials for different audiences
Supports monitoring and evaluation of health communication projects
Provides strategic direction for JSI’s new business efforts through proposal writing, development of relationships with potential clients, and generation of new project opportunities
Collaborates with other Health Services Division staff and the JSI Corporate Communications Division to promote the work of the Health Services Division through a variety of formats (e.g., press releases, blog posts, videos, social media) to demonstrate JSI’s impact
Stays informed of new technologies including mapping tools, mobile apps, social media platforms, etc. to package and display relevant content in creative, visual, and useful ways
Advanced degree or certificate in communications, marketing, media, journalism, public health, or related field
10-12 years of related work experience required, with 8 years of progressive experience managing communications or marketing initiatives and 1-3 years of supervisory/management experience.
A passion for public health and working to improve health and equity
Demonstrated experience leading the development and execution of comprehensive health communication projects, with an emphasis on digital strategies and website development
Considerable experience developing health information messages for health professionals and consumers, including communities of color and/or other marginalized groups
Demonstrated experience effectively managing and prioritizing a large number of projects and clients simultaneously with competing deadlines in a complex and fast-paced environment with minimum supervision
Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite products
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud, social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and website content management systems (WordPress, Drupal)
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About John Snow, Inc.
John Snow, Inc. is a public health consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals throughout the world. JSI works across a full range of public and community health, strengthening health systems to improve services - and ultimately people's health.
In the United States we work with public and private sector clients to address complex public health issues and ensure equity. We are successful because we achieve optimal results for our clients through collaborative, customized approaches and our goal of improving the health of individuals and communities, in particular underserved and vulnerable populations.
Globally, we focus on gender-sensitive development approaches that create lasting solutions to priority health and development challenges and empower communities, families and individuals to advance their own skills. Drawing on our long experience and leveraging strong partnerships across sectors, JSI shapes and advances the global public health agenda.