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    Tarryn Reddy

    Communications Director Job Description Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) focused on supporting state and local elected and appointed officials in their efforts to prevent childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living and healthy eating opportunities in their communities. Leadership for Healthy Communities is managed by Global Policy Solutions (GPS), a social change strategy firm based in Washington, D.C. working with clients to bring about positive policy and environmental changes that benefit

    people, communities and the environment. We are especially focused on strategies that empower underserved communities. GPS seeks a savvy Director of Communications with substantial experience using the tools of communications to advance issue advocacy campaign. A major part of the Director’s responsibilities will include designing and implementing the communications strategy of the Leadership for Healthy Communities program. Position Summary: The Communications Director will be responsible for supervising and implementing the short and long-term communications goals of Global Policy Solutions with a major emphasis on the Leadership for Healthy Communities program. S/he must have experience with issue advocacy campaigns-particularly those that involve public policy. S/he must have strong writing, editing, and media outreach skills. S/he must be a strategic thinker and have a track record of developing and implementing innovative communications strategies that can advance program goals. The Director will work closely and collaboratively with communications professionals at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Director will also work closely with advocates, policy-makers, program consultants, grantees, client staff, RWJF national programs, state and local media and other stakeholders. The Communications Director reports to the President. Duties: The successful candidate will: • Design and implement an effective communications plan that advances the program strategy. • Aggressively work to place appropriate content (e.g., op-eds, interviews, etc.) in state and local media outlets. • Coordinate media interest and appropriate responses to media requests. • Establish benchmarks and a method of tracking communications successes. • Oversee the development and implementation of support materials and services in the area of communications and marketing. • Ensure articulation and communication of the program’s desired image and position to all constituencies, both internal and external. • Work with client and consult style-guide to coordinate the appearance of all print and electronic materials such as letterhead, use of logo, publications, brochures, etc. • Maintain responsibility for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all organization publications. • Work with consultants to maintain the organization website and ensure that it contains useful and timely content. • Develop, coordinate and oversee programs, technical assistance and resource materials to assist program grantees in the marketing, communications and positioning of their activities. • As appropriate, promote the work and successes of the grantees and their members. • Work in collaboration with client staff and consultants to develop and implement the communications plan and materials. • Provide counsel to program grantees on marketing, communications and public relations. • Lead projects as assigned, such as cause-related marketing and special events. • Develop short- and long-term plans and budgets for the communications and public policy activities, monitor progress, assure adherence and evaluate performance. • Keep informed of developments in the fields of communications and policy with special attention to information related to childhood obesity. Use this information to help the program operate with initiative and innovation. • Create and lead and social media strategy. • Lead dissemination of the Leadership for Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit. Qualifications Required: • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in the design and execution of communications plans and activities. • Exceptionally strong writing, editing and research skills. • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal skills. • Significant experience in health policy or related fields. • Experience developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training, developing, supervising and appraising personnel. • Demonstrated successful experience writing newsletters, policy briefs, reports, fact sheets and press releases. • Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications. • Computer literacy in word processing, data base management and page layout. • Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams. • Strong oral and written communications skills. • Strong commitment to diversity and equity. • Ability to effectively multi-task. • Out-of-town, overnight travel is required (7%).

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