American Heart Association is hiring a

Communications Manager

Communications Manager
Location Diversity Distribution US – Top 50
Requisition ID 2021-7724
Job Family Group Marketing & Communications
Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers, and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Communications Manager – Science Media Relations. This is a remote and flexible location position.

In this role, you will be responsible for the implementation of multi-year strategic communication plans supporting and promoting AHA scientific statements/guidelines/advisories and scientific advances published in AHA’s signature medical journals and presented at AHA meetings/conferences through traditional media, social media, and on other AHA owned channels. Responsible for developing appropriate resources to advance understanding and promotion of AHA as a leading science voice and AHA’s impact goal. Responsible for media placement reporting for AHA scientific meetings, journals, and other projects as assigned.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develop new releases, pitches, and multi-media assets to promote science abstracts, statements, and guidelines published in AHA science journals and presented at AHA scientific meetings. Collaborate with team members to review and select abstracts to promote.
  • Leads development of news kits for EPI and Hypertension meetings.
  • Work with Director and Vice President on a day-to-day basis to help the team implement multi-year strategic communication plans supporting and promoting AHA scientific statements/guidelines/advisories, positions, products (statistical update, Top 10 Research Advances) and scientific advances published in AHA’s signature medical journals and presented at AHA meetings/conferences through Redditt, traditional and social media, as well as AHA owned channels.
  • Develops media opportunities and relationships to promote AHA’s science-related work. Creates media relationships opportunities for field communications staff including video media tours and media availabilities. Curates the AHA monthly science pitching calendar for national and regional staff to leverage.
  • Monitors the traditional and social media landscape to ensure AHA can respond appropriately to breaking news related to heart and brain health and mitigate risk.
  • Lead or support other Communications initiatives as applicable and relevant.
  • Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related area
  • Four (4) years of excellent writing and editing skills; Knowledge of AP Style
  • Three (3) years of managing the submission of press, promotional, or related content
  • Two (2) years of demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines, while faced with competing demands and priorities
  • Two (2) years of proficient computer skills including all Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • One (1) year of management experience, including managing multiple projects concurrently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to develop newsworthy ideas, write and pitch stories to media outlets

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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