Communications Manager - Health Care

Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Houston, Texas

Date PostedDecember 04, 2018
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of evidence-based policy, is looking for a media-savvy strategist to support the foundation’s health-care portfolio while advancing the communications team’s multimedia story-telling efforts. The communications manager will work collaboratively with in-house experts, communications team colleagues and consultants to increase visibility of the health-care vertical’s work in drug pricing, commercial prices, and complex care.


The position

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the manager will build out both short- and long-term communications strategies responsive to the health-care team’s goals and in alignment with the organization’s big-picture media strategy. On some days, this may involve working with a graphics designer on a social media card to visually explain the concept of PBMs. On other days, it may include developing a national op-ed strategy on Medicare legislation or connecting a media outlet with a subject-matter expert. Experience working in health care communications is preferred but not required. The ability to tell compelling stories in multiple formats, including multimedia-rich web features, is a must.


Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Experience developing and executing communications plans
  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, to see all sides of an issue and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to multitask and to simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Keen attention to detail


Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with health care team, developing communications strategies, including earned, owned, and paid media, in support of short- and long-term goals
  • Develop integrated internal and external communications plans and create necessary content, including executive communiques, web features, informational graphics, annual reports, fact sheets, and op-ed submissions
  • Advise programmatic teams on message framing, media positioning, and utilization of communications consultants
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and national media
  • Develop and manage grantee communications strategies, protocols, and materials
  • Review and guide issue briefs, solution papers, written public testimony, and requests for proposals
  • In coordination with media relations manager, recommend and develop press releases and media advisories, strategic media pitches, and opportunities for internal experts to weigh in on an issue
  • Coordinate digital media strategies with communications team members, ensuring alignment with both programmatic and broader foundation goals
  • Develop and lead comprehensive strategies for public launches and announcements, following communications and event-planning best practices


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience as a professional writer, journalist, or in a related communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field


 If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Communications Manager – Health Care. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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