Communications Strategist

Communications Strategist

ROLE:

Reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Communications, the Communications Strategist is responsible for effectively informing and promoting the Foundation, its brand, people, work, and mission. This role will create and implement internal and external communications strategies that further the goals of the Foundation, while ensuring that the messaging on MFH’s work is consistent and engaging. The strategist will carry out daily communication activity, advise, and engage MFH staff across the Foundation on communications practices. Additionally, the strategist will develop and implement strategic plans to reach various target audiences, as well as be able to align program goals and communications practices in order to elevate strategic initiative work. The ideal candidate understands the role communications plays in addressing complex health issues and will have experience using communications strategies and tactics to leverage change and promote long-term understanding. This position is a key member of the Foundation’s professional team, collaborating regularly with colleagues in Research and Learning, Strategic Initiatives, Program Administration, and Health Policy.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan, develop, coordinate, and in some instances execute communications tactics and strategies that support the Foundation’s priorities. Manage and work closely with external communications firms and agencies as needed to produce high quality, timely, and compelling communications materials
  • Develop high impact content to be disseminated via multiple platforms including the Foundation’s blog, website, social media, and Constant Contact. Generate compelling creative concepts for annual report, brochures, circulars, Foundation videos, and communication campaigns. Work collaboratively with all Foundation units and programs to identify communications opportunities for health data, press releases, and storytelling, and provide high-quality strategic communications counsel and support to Foundation staff, Board, and CAC
  • Coordinate with Strategic Communications team members to create on-brand marketing materials and correspondence. Simplify complex information for diverse audiences in a clear and concise way
  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists that lead to the successful pitching and placing of stories in media outlets. Identify press opportunities, arrange news conferences, and reporter education and briefings that generate media attention for issues of importance to the Foundation. Coordinate media requests with the appropriate Foundation or field expert to respond to reporter inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Identify content, research, write, and edit press releases, commentaries, op-eds and other short-form publications that promote the Foundation’s impact and organizational achievements
  • Strategically carry out the activities and tactics around the Foundation’s public affairs agenda
  • Provide training, coaching, and support for Foundation colleagues on issues of communications. Review, frame, and edit internal documents, presentations, and materials as needed, providing high-quality customer service to colleagues
  • Create and edit messages and materials for internal programs, all-staff meetings, and other internal activities, ensuring that MFH staff are information and motivated through effective internal communication practices
  • Adhere to the Foundation’s core and staff values

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field required. Experience in communications strategy development and a minimum of seven to 10 years’ experience in a communications role with responsibility for producing high-quality communications concepts and strategies that drive change
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the relationship of communications to the evolution of public issues
  • Ability to gather information and write quickly, accurately, and effectively, while focusing on framing and audience engagement
  • Excellent presentation, storytelling, verbal, editing, and written communication skills, and the ability to assertively yet effectively work with a diverse group of internal and external people on a range of complex health issues
  • Strong creative skills and standards
  • Knowledge of Associated Press style and guidelines
  • Superior project management and time management skills, with strict attention to quality and detail. Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital and social media
  • Proven willingness to be accountable for quality of work
  • Self-starter and an energetic, positive team player who builds successful relationships and values working cross-functionally with teams
  • Excellent customer service capabilities
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Passion for Missouri’s diverse communities and interest in improving the health and well-being of communities most in need
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Generally proficient with Windows and competent in Microsoft Office

Physical and Work Environment Demands

The physical and work environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the position responsibilities. Physical demands, such as the ability to walk, sit, etc., are those of a typical office environment. Work environment demands a remote office setting and requires overnight travel, and some evening hours. The position requires extensive driving to reach the various parts of the Foundation’s region.

Who We Are:

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Statement of Diversity:
Missouri Foundation for Health is an equal-opportunity employer seeking candidates who recognize diversity and inclusion are essential to organizational effectiveness and value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our employees, grantees, and the people in the communities we serve.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online.

The Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits. For questions about the application process, please contact Tomye Harris.