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Director of Communications, Manhattan NY

Job Location

Manhattan, NY

General Summary

The Director of Communications crafts strategies, builds relationships, and executes a comprehensive communication plan to significantly increase concern and awareness on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. S/he will work in all aspects of media relations, including promoting consumer-friendly disease-awareness campaigns and press events; proactively inserting the cause into trending stories and creating new opportunities; and showcasing scientific advances in the field as well as Alzheimer's Association programs and special events. S/he will be responsible for overseeing communication initiatives through multiple platforms.

This position will be based at the Chapter office in Manhattan and will report to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead and execute strategies to educate our target audiences about Alzheimer's disease and engage them in activities of the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Provide strategic counsel, develop and execute creative media programs, and work cross functionally across communications disciplines.  This includes managing the Chapter website and social media presence.
  • Leadership experience working collaboratively with internal and external partners, clients, and the media. 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.  
  • Working knowledge and experience extending initiatives across traditional, online and social media platforms. 
  • Assess, understand, synthesize, and communicate complicated information for internal partners and the media.
  • Tap into previous crisis and issues management experience to ensure favorable and fair representation of the Association in the media.
  • Lead and manage multiple projects in a timely and effective manner.
  • Strategically determine best use of resources, tools and tactics to achieve goals, along with superior research, writing and editorial skills.
  • Conduct media training and development of spokespeople, including staff, volunteers, and other individuals impacted by the disease.
  • Manage resources and budgets effectively, including external vendors and advertising contracts.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA or BS in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related field
  • 7+ years related professional experience, at least two of which are at a leadership level
  • Ability to keep a flexible schedule that may include "non-traditional" hours
  • Strong individual and team player
  • Superior writing skills and knowledge of AP Style 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Experience managing outside vendors and contractors 
  • Works and leads well in a team environment
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Some agency setting-related experience and/or training preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple projects at once
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize and/or analyze growth opportunities
  • Ability to coach and develop staff and volunteers
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and electronically to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to analyze information and make timely, appropriate decisions
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative
  • Ability to operate designated office equipment
  • Ability to carry up to 25 lbs of equipment & supplies
  • Access to reliable vehicle, valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance required.

Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, Home Office
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.