Mental Health America (MHA) is seeking a Communications Director in Alexandria, VA to provide communications, public relations, media relations, and copyediting support to the organization.
Here’s who we’re looking for:
You love getting attention to the organization you work for. You build and maintain your own press lists and push for media. You know how to get earned media with and without resources (although you would rather have resources). You love it when people stay on brand and on message and are happy to teach people how to be consistent. You’re a good copy editor—so good that you were probably thinking of how you would edit this position if you were hired.
A note: Although MHA staff are mostly working remotely due to COVID, this position is eligible for full-time remote employment. Local candidates are strongly encouraged. MHA adheres to all state and federal recommendations for maintaining or exceeding social distancing guidelines – you would be one of 2-3 people in the office on any given day for the immediate future, and PPE (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) is available.
Mental Health America (MHA) understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism and embrace diversity and inclusion in all that we do, including informing our hiring practices. We pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and racist policies in all their forms.
MHA is looking for candidates who are aware of the necessity of emotional intelligence in today’s workplace.
Specific duties include:
Manage, develop, plan and execute multi-channel marketing and communications plan, coordinating efforts across multiple departments
Work closely with senior leadership to develop communications protocols and processes
Create key messages for the organization
Edit internal and external communications for grammar, style, and branding
Establish style guidelines and talking points for external relations
Coordinate and schedule communication and messaging for a variety of audiences
Strategically grow segmented contact lists for audiences including public officials, funders, partners, media, affiliates, and individuals
Schedule, write and edit regular written communications distributed through social media, email newsletters, email alerts, blog posts, and direct mail
Work closely with the social media team on messaging, branding, and strategy
Work closely with fund development staff to develop case statements or other reports
Plan Radio and Satellite Media Tours
Monitor the content and design of MHA materials for brand adherence
Secure placement of Mental Health America name and brand in a variety of outside channels
Develop and manage media outreach strategies and secure interviews for key staff
Monitor and assess the effectiveness of marketing and communications efforts quarterly
Report to the Marketing and Development Committee of the board
The ideal candidate:
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years in communications or public relations
Strong copywriting background
Experience working in health or human service fields
Excellent writing, editorial, presentation, and other communication skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Professional or personal experience with mental health and/or other chronic health conditions or disabilities is a plus.
Salary is $60,000 - $80,000.
Please send a cover letter/letter of interest and resume as well as a writing sample via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “Communications Director” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls, please. EOE.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: MHA has a strong benefits package, including health insurance, flexible work schedules, PTO, professional development funds, and a 401K match.
Internal Number: CD11182020
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.