At the de Beaumont Foundation a small but dedicated team of professionals are working to transform the practice of public health through strategic and engaged grantmaking. Our people bring a diverse range of knowledge and expertise in public health, research and evaluation, learning, policy, and philanthropy to all of the Foundation’s work. Our office is located in downtown Bethesda, MD, directly across the street from the Bethesda Metro Station.
Director of Communications
The director of communications plays a major role in helping the de Beaumont Foundation advance its mission and vision. The position is responsible for providing strategic communications leadership and counsel to ensure a cohesive communications strategy across all programs, including materials, messaging, and tools that will reach audiences and help further the Foundation’s goals.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the director of communications supervises external contracted communications consultants and is responsible for overseeing strategic communications campaign planning and execution.
- Develop and execute a strategic communications plan to support the Foundation’s major priorities and initiatives.
- Promote the Foundation’s expertise and program accomplishments among target audiences using a range of tools and tactics such as media relations, social media, public speaking, and other strategic opportunities.
- Assist in identifying key contacts outside of the Foundation who can be instrumental in amplifying the work of de Beaumont and its grantees.
- Develop and maintain the Foundation’s editorial calendar and manage the design and writing of all Foundation communications, including e-newsletter, collateral, marketing materials, issue-specific reports, and the annual report.
- Manage content, design, structure, and navigation for the Foundation’s website.
- Manage the Foundation’s social media communications, including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with the media, both trade and mainstream outlets.
- Research, write, edit, and distribute news releases, media advisories, opinion columns, and feature stories with consultant support, as needed.
- Support CEO and other members of the leadership team, as needed, in developing talking points and/or presentations.
- Provide editorial services to management and program staff for journal articles, blogs, memos, reports and other Foundation-related documents.
- Offer support and guidance to Foundation grantees, as needed, on communications.
- Manage the effective use of the Foundation’s brand identity in all communications—including monitoring style guide requirements among grantees and partners.
- Manage work of any outside vendors used to support the Foundation’s communications efforts.
The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional who thrives in a dynamic environment, is proactive, and takes personal ownership of projects assigned. This position requires a minimum of eight (8) years’ of experience of successful communications planning, implementation, and measurement, including development and execution of multi-channel campaigns. A Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or a related area is preferred. Experience working in public health, health care, philanthropy, and/or the non-profit sector are all pluses.
A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in strategic communications design and outreach, including brand management and stakeholder engagement across multiple strategic communications channels. Experience in creating and implementing content for websites, blog posts, social media, storytelling, presentations, talking points, and other outreach materials is a necessity.
- Demonstrated expertise in strategic communications strategy—both planning and execution—as well as project and client management.
- Excellent oral, written, and online communication skills and demonstrated ability to translate technical information and complex concepts and statistics into accessible and compelling materials.
- Proven ability to manage complex projects in collaboration with multiple points of contact, including in-house staff, consultants, and outside vendors.
- Ability to effectively work with, and provide counsel to, senior management, advisory groups, and the board of directors.
- Strong organizational skills, detail orientation, and ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects.
- A proven track record effectively engaging a range of stakeholder audiences from policymakers, influencers, and practitioners to the public.
- Experience in developing multimedia and other innovative approaches for communicating public health-related and/or social change messages.
- Experience with web, email, and social media communications.
- Experience in maintaining an organization’s brand identity.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
Candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The de Beaumont Foundation offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. Our office is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.