Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include cardiovascular health, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
Vital Strategies offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits . Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.
The position is part of Vital Strategies’ Policy, Advocacy and Communication’s global team of 45, comprised of people from varying backgrounds from public relations to advertising to communication research. The team has a collaborative culture, clustering people with different skills and backgrounds to execute projects. Vital Strategies’ global team values diversity and multicultural fluency.
We are seeking a Senior Manager, Tobacco Control Advocacy. This position will be based in Vital Strategies’ New York City office. Applicants must have a valid work permit to work in the United States at time of hire.
Reporting to the Vice President of Partnerships and Initiatives, the Senior Manager, Tobacco Control Advocacy will provide strategic guidance, management and support to the Tobacco Control Program which includes tobacco control policy advocacy and communication work in select countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe. They will also work on tobacco industry accountability projects as well as develop content material and reports.
Create, oversee, and project manage strategic programmatic and communication functions working closely with in-country leads in select countries.
Assist country leads to develop strategic activities, from concerted multi-platform media campaigns to advocacy initiatives.
Build and maintain strong working relationships with Vital’s regional managers, partners, and other key stakeholders from governments and civil society to promote tobacco control policy and behavior change.
Develop and write reports, fact sheets, toolkits, newsletters, testimonials and other marketing materials to advance tobacco control initiatives.
Represent Vital Strategies with donors, partners, press events, conferences, and workshops as needed.
Work in tandem with Vital’s external communication team including editorial, social and graphic design staff.
Manage a variety of special projects including:
Oversee external agencies and organizations as needed to deliver on scopes of service
Work on tobacco industry accountability activities
Assist the PAC division as needed
Provide administrative support as requested
How to Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 2 writing samples to the Vital Strategies Careers Page. The position will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Skills & Abilities
Highly strategic thinker with strong initiative, judgement and project management skills
Excellent writer and storyteller, with a knack for connecting with audiences through exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong media campaign savvy, with knowledge and skills in earned and digital communications, integrated campaigns, advocacy.
Self-starter with ability to work independently and also collaboratively in cross-functional teams
Ability to bring new, creative ideas to communicating the organization's work
Experience using data to tell a story for non-technical audiences
Knowledge of the public health policy development and advocacy process
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures, time zones and platforms, meet deadlines and manage multiple task in a busy work environment
Education and Degrees
Master’s degree or equivalent, with 8 years’ experience, preferred
Bachelor’s degree with minimum 10 years’ experience
Minimum 8 to 10 years of work experience with progressive responsibility
Experience in media and public relations
Experience in public health / advocacy work / tobacco control / noncommunicable diseases
Second language fluency in a U.N. Language
30%, when organization-wide travel is back in effect
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Vital Strategies
Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.