American Heart Association

Communications Director

Location US-OH-Cleveland
Posted Date 3 months ago(2/24/2023 11:43 AM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Marketing, Communications & Public Relations
Position Type
Full Time


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.  Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.


We are currently hiring for a Communications Director in our Cleveland office. The Communications Director will set and execute our communications strategy to promote the Association's health and development priorities in the Cleveland market including earned media, social media, paid media, PSAs, media advocacy, messaging and storytelling. This is a full-time position, which will be a hybrid of office-based and home-based days, coordinated with your supervisor.


Competitive salary is offered.



The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as training and support locally and through our National Center.


#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at


  • Proactively pitch American Heart Association programs, campaigns, and events to the media on a local level.

  • Oversee local social media sites, including the creation and promoting of posts.

  • Negotiate and coordinate local media sponsorships for Association programs, campaigns, and events.

  • Execute strategy for media advocacy that advances local and state policy goals.

  • Lead creation of market messaging for events and issues.

  • Recruit, engage and train local volunteers and staff to serve as Association spokespeople in traditional, non-traditional and social media.

  • Work outside of normal business hours and on weekends as needed.


  • 2+ years of experience in public relations communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement. Nonprofit experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred.

  • Knowledge of media and communications principles, ethics, practices and techniques, including technical requirements.

  • Working knowledge of news media operations and news gathering.

  • Ability to create and maintain key contacts within the media.

  • Ability to recruit, organize, train, manage volunteers as well as ability to accomplish goals through them.

  • Exceptional skill in written and oral communications

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 40% and occasional overnight travel.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package.  Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.


  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary.  That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution.  As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program.  HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees.  The number of days will increase based on seniority level.  You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees.  This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the 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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