Communications Director

Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) - Washington, DC

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is recruiting an experienced, strategic, collaborative team member to serve as Communications Director for the organization. The Communications Director will be responsible for providing overall direction to IPHI’s communications efforts across all portfolios of work, ensuring consistency and best practice, and supporting IPHI’s organizational visibility and marketing. This senior-level team member will also lead communications strategies on specific IPHI programs as needed.

The Communications Director must have an overall understanding of, and proven experience in, conceptualizing and implementing communications strategies as a key element of public health programming and campaigns. Successful candidates will have experience relevant to building communications capacity among staff and partners of various sizes and capacities, preferably in a regional context. The Communications Director will be a self-starter with strong project management skills and the ability to provide leadership across the organization.

This full-time employee will report directly to IPHI’s President & CEO.


  • Lead organizational efforts to build IPHI’s brand through various marketing and communications strategies
  • Direct teams of staff, interns and consultants working on various communications projects
  • Work closely with program teams to develop and drive communications and media placement strategies from conception to implementation for specific projects and public health issue areas
  • Create powerful messages, story-lines, and public relations pitches
  • Develop strategies to pitch and place work in national, state and local news outlets
  • Cultivate relationships with key media outlets and reporters and maintain media contact lists
  • Prepare leadership team members for media interviews
  • Develop key messages and draft press releases and other PR and marketing materials
  • Assist with writing, editing and production for website, reports/publications, blogs, short videos and podcasts, grant proposals, stakeholder communications, and other activities
  • Provide direction and implementation support for capturing and sharing stories of IPHI’s impact
  • Support the senior management team with internal communications approaches and messages
  • Advise on and help implement internal communication tools and processes
  • Monitor and report on the overall effectiveness and results of internal and external communication efforts


  • At least ten years of relevant experience applying media relations, communications, and/or digital media expertise in public health, public policy and government or nonprofit sectors.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public health, public policy or other relevant field.
  • Significant professional experience designing and implementing integrated communications strategies across a range of platforms including traditional and digital media.
  • Proven ability to manage, lead and mentor, with the ability to earn the trust of a diverse team.
  • Experience building communications capacity of staff and local partners.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills.
  • Commitment to advancing public health and health equity.


  • Experience working on a regional level, in cross-cultural settings with dispersed teams.
  • Graphic design skills and experience.
  • Additional language skills a plus.


This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive salary of $80-90K commensurate with experience.

The Institute for Public Health Innovation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

About the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)

The Institute for Public Health Innovation is a regional non-profit organization that develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public’s health and well-being across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. IPHI’s work strengthens health systems and policy, enhances conditions that promote health, and strengthens government and community capacity to ensure equitable health opportunities for all.

Posted On: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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