American Heart Association

Communications Manager

Location Diversity Distribution US - Top 50
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/11/2021 4:09 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Family Group
Marketing & Communications
Job Category
Marketing, Communications & Public Relations


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?


Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!


This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.

Due to the current pandemic, all AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home.  While offices are closed, daily travel is minimal and voluntary. There is no overnight travel currently.

Offices will be reopening October 11, 2021.  On this date the position will resume to being based in the local office and work will continue in the field with donors, volunteers and partners as the job requires.  



The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Communications Manager for Health Equity Communications Operations. The location for this position is flexible (remote/home-officed).


In this role, you will be responsible for implementation of annual strategic Marketing Communications and tactical plans for Health Equity. As well as garnering relevant data for measurement, evaluation and refinement of the plans toward achievement of shared goals and objectives. Responsible for supporting the development of Health Equity MarCom assets in collaboration with Integrated Marketing, Consumer Health and the Office of Health Equity and executing MarCom deliverables for corporate sponsors, donors and funders. Leads the development and distribution of internal communications, including Field Integration Materials, under the direction and in collaboration with the Director of Health Equity Communications. Supports media relations goals by leveraging internal and external resources, including volunteer experts, agencies and Corporate Communications.


Essential Job Duties:


  • Creates communications plans and materials to promote equitable health programs and sponsor objectives to maximize content, events, volunteers, and information.
  • Supports media relations through actively pitching media and managing inquiries and identifies and coordinates appropriate volunteer experts, aligning with communications and businss leads, drafting and running approvals for media materials, including but not limited to key messages and FAQs.
  • Comprehensive understanding of multicultural media and the role of digital media to strategize for effective, relevant coverage and implementation.
  • Collaborates with AHA’s regional communications staff by developing and sharing tools to drive local year-round coverage and support for the organization’s Health Equity goals.
  • Responsible for hands-on tactical execution with input and collaboration from Consumer Health, the Office of Health Equity and Integrated Marketing teams and agencies when appropriate.
  • Liaises with Public and Media Relations Science News team to integrate AHA science news with consumer messages/proposals related to health equity topics when appropriate.
  • Monitors, tracks, reports and measures against objectives and as requested for senior, executive and volunteer leadership.


Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require: 


  • Bachelor's Degree Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, or related area
  • Five (5) years of extensive knowledge of consumer-focused public relations/media relations, marketing and advertising
  • Two (2) years of successful public relations and media relations placements
  • Four (4) years of experience developing and implementing focused marketing or communications campaigns
  • Four (4) years of experience with proven ability to develop newsworthy ideas, write and pitch stories to media outlets

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience developing and implementing communications tactics that demonstrate equity and inclusion for reaching multicultural audiences
  • Experience in marketing, communications, or media relations in a large organization


The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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