The Connecticut Health Foundation works to improve the health of Connecticut residents by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, and does so using three main approaches: grantmaking, policy, and strategic communications. The foundation strives to serve as a trusted resource for information about health policy and equity, and the communications team is central to this goal. In addition, the communications team works to advance the policy agenda by producing research and materials that identify solutions and translate complex information in accessible ways. The communications team also works with grantees to bolster their communications and messaging work, and to learn from them what information is needed to help advance our goals. The communications team helps to inform grantmaking by identifying innovative practices in other places that the foundation could support.
The communications officer is a critical player on the communications team, working closely with the director of communications and strategic initiatives to build out and manage the foundation’s voice online through the website, social media, and other digital platforms.
- Operate the foundation’s social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn – writing all content, creating graphics, organizing Twitter chats, and developing and managing a paid strategy across all platforms; monitor the foundation’s brand online
- Manage the foundation’s website and serve as project manager for annual design refreshes
- Produce the foundation’s weekly news roundup emails
- Build and manage organic and paid search strategies (including a Google Ad grant) for the foundation’s website
- Produce analytic reports to determine best practices and make recommendations to improve the foundation’s reach to key audiences via social media channels, search engine optimization, and website traffic
- Host messaging and social media trainings and one-on-one support for staff, grantees, and advocates; offer individual mentorship support for grantees and other partners on communications projects
- Create graphics and messaging that complement the foundation’s policy briefs and reports and translate the information for a wider audience
- Work with the director of communications and strategic initiatives to develop the overall communications strategy
- Contribute to the foundation’s publications, including identifying relevant topics, working with authors, assisting in the copy editing and design process, and helping to develop and carry out dissemination plans
- Manage relationships with consultants, including those supporting technology and website functions
qualifications and skills
- Bachelor’s degree
- Five or more years of experience in journalism, social media management, communications, public policy, or a related field
- Experience with social and digital media, website content management, and WordPress
- Familiarity with Photoshop, Canva, and/or graphic design
- Analytics experience, such as using Twitter Analytics, Facebook Insights, and/or Google Analytics
- Familiarity with Google AdWords preferred
- Personally motivated by the Connecticut Health Foundation’s mission and objectives
- Interest in and commitment to health, racial equity, and public policy
- Ability to translate complex ideas into accessible, clear messages for target audiences
- Excellent communications skills, including writing and editing
- Attention to detail and sound judgment to maintain CT Health’s standards of excellence
- Strong project management skills
- Ability to manage consultant contracts to receive quality deliverables on time and on budget
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
$70,000 – $75,000
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Carol Kardas at email@example.com.
The Connecticut Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.