The de Beaumont Foundation is a private charitable foundation
that advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public
health to create communities where people can achieve their best
possible health. Our work centers around three main priority
Policy: We advance policies that improve community health, so
that current and future generations can benefit from changes
enacted by today’s leaders.
Partnerships: We build partnerships, often among unlikely
allies, so that leaders can make decisions that achieve their
shared goal of creating healthier communities.
People: We create practical solutions that strengthen the public
health system and workforce, so that professionals are equipped to
make their communities healthier.
We strongly believe that the spirit in which we do our work is
as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence,
innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not
otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our
CityHealth CityHealth is an initiative of the de Beaumont
Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Our mission is to advance a
package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions
of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous
communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number
and strength of their policies. We work in the nation’s 40 largest
cities, on specific policy issues, and believe strongly in building
partnerships with city leaders, stakeholders, and advocacy
organizations to help advance common goals. The work is
aspirational and rigorous, given the breadth of issues and areas we
work on, and combines government relations, technical assistance,
and advocacy to drive policy change across the country. We are a
small, highly driven team, who value excellence, pushing
boundaries, balance, strong communication, and a sense of humor. We
are deeply committed to equity, and believe strongly that local
policy solutions have the potential to improve the lives of
millions of Americans.
CityHealth is housed within the de Beaumont Foundation. The
CityHealth co-Executive Directors have primary oversight of the
project’s activities. The Director of Communications will be an
employee of the de Beaumont Foundation, will report to the Vice
President of Communications, and will be directed by the
co-Executive Directors of CityHealth to meet day-to-day
POSITION OVERVIEW – WHAT YOU’LL DO Your job will be to develop
and execute a strategic communications plan to extend the reach,
influence, and impact of CityHealth. You will work with
CityHealth’s co-Executive Directors and the de Beaumont
Foundation’s Vice President of Communications to collaboratively
create and implement an impactful communications plan. The Director
of Communications will have oversight over all CityHealth
communications, including, but not limited to, earned, digital, and
social media; website content and management; writing and editing
of issue papers, reports, blog posts, op-eds, press statements, and
other materials; and more. You will be expected to remain
current on evolving policies and practices in municipal government
and public health to use this knowledge to recommend strategies and
develop content that advances CityHealth’s goals and mission.
RESPONSIBILITIES Your day-to-day work will include activities
Strategic Communications: Develop and lead the
implementation of the strategic communications plan with audiences,
goals, tactics, and metrics to enable CityHealth to build on its
past progress and expand its reach and influence.
Relationship Management: With two primary funding partners,
coordination and information dissemination is critical. This will
include leading regular communications calls with partners, working
directly with subject matter experts and governmental relations
professionals, and managing the review process for all public
Writing: Write, edit, and proofread print and digital
content including website content, blog posts, issue briefs,
program overviews, case studies, and media materials, such as press
statements and supporting documentation. Lead the development of
the annual report and other publications.
Manage Contractors: Manage and direct the work of communications
contractors such as web designers, graphic designers, and agency
Website/Social Media: Lead content strategy and engagement
for CityHealth.org and CityHealth’s social media channels. Develop
and implement an editorial calendar, post and update content on the
website, and track and report on web and social analytics.
Media Relations: Define media goals and targets for
proactive outreach (announcements, reports, promoting the
leadership of local officials, etc.) and reactive activities
(responding to reporter inquiries, emerging issues, legislative
developments, etc.). Cultivate relationships with media to help
position CityHealth as a go-to resource. Facilitate and garner
earned media, including targeted media lists, story angles, and
supporting media materials. Draft and edit op-eds for placement in
traditional and online outlets.
Project Management: Develop and implement editorial
calendars for web and social media content. Oversee vendors and
consultants, possibly including communications agencies, digital
consultants, website developers, designers, printers,
photographers, videographers, and others.
Creative Development and Technical Tasks: Create — or work
with designers to create — graphics for print, web, and social
media. Oversee the organization’s branding guidelines (logo,
colors, fonts, etc.).
WHO YOU ARE You have experience in advocacy communications,
leading teams, media relations, and digital communications. You are
be able to juggle multiple priorities, take initiative, and thrive
in a fast-paced environment. You are comfortable working
independently and as part of a team and recognize that
work sometimes happens outside of routine business hours.
You have knowledge of national and local policymaking, healthcare,
and public health.
You excel in these areas:
Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and have
experience in advocacy-related, cause-driven communications.
Hands-on: You are strategic and enjoy contributing ideas
and are equally eager to execute.
Detail-oriented: You are enthusiastic about grammar and
spelling and take pride in being the final set of eyes for reports,
newsletters, digital content, and other communications.
Ownership: You care deeply about doing what it takes to
achieve results and can manage your own projects (or pieces of
larger ones). You drive work forward with a sense of urgency,
anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed, with limited
Initiative: You are eager to use your role to advance
CityHealth’s mission and look for ways to help beyond your own core
responsibilities. That said, no job is too small for anyone on the
team, and your attitude reflects that.
Relationship management: You have a good sense of how to
manage relationships with members, staff, and partners and how to
build new relationships. You handle confidential information
sensitively and use discretion about what information you share
with members and partners.
Local policy or advocacy experience: You have experience working
with cities or localities and in advocacy.
REQUIREMENTS At least 10 years of experience in strategic
communications, preferably including advocacy communications.
Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Ability
to translate complex subject matter for a general audience.
Experience developing and implementing editorial plans,
including social media content.
Comfort and hands-on experience with digital systems and tools.
These systems and tools may include WordPress/Squarespace, Google
Analytics, Constant Contact and/or MailChimp, Photoshop and/or
other photo-editing software, project management systems, and
advertising (Google Adwords, SEO, social media marketing,
Experience managing live and digital events.
HOW TO APPLY The CityHealth team is small and is deeply
committed to helping all city residents thrive and achieve their
This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD,
just outside of Washington, D.C. Given the reality of the COVID-19
pandemic, there is an opportunity for telework until at least June
Some travel is required (up to a few days every few months) and
is typically known well in advance.
We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a
collegial work environment. The salary range for this position is
$100,000 to $110,000, commensurate with experience.
Candidates should send cover letter, resume and writing samples
to Mark Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
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.
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