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Position:Communications Director
Closing Date:4/18/2016


Email cover letter, résumé and salary requirement to No phone calls, please. Applications received by April 11 will receive priority.

The Alliance for Health Reform in Washington, DC ( is looking for a communications director to help us build a communications strategy aimed at connecting in new ways with reporters, policy makers and users of our website.

The Alliance is one of the few truly non-partisan health policy groups in DC. Since 1992, we have conducted more than 500 briefings, mostly on Capitol Hill, with registrations often surpassing 350 people. We’ve helped reporters in Washington and beyond find experts and think through story ideas. We work cooperatively with the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), Health Affairs, and other organizations focused on health policy.

The Communications Director will create and implement a strategy to increase our reach to targeted audiences, including congressional staff, administration staff, the media and others interested in health care policy. This position will direct the execution of all aspects of approved communications plans, including formulating messages, writing, editing and social media. S/he will also develop a vision for the Alliance's web, social media and mobile strategy.

Specifically, the Communications Director will:

  • Identify priority audiences and build and update email distribution lists to ensure that the Alliance is reaching those audiences.
  • Conduct regular outreach - using social media, email, phone calls and other methods - to targeted audiences so that they are informed about Alliance events and resources.
  • Build social media strategy to increase effectiveness
  • Manage the Alliance website
  • Respond to media requests for follow-up information after briefings, and refer reporters to sources and experts as needed.
  • Oversee the development and production of promotional materials and website updates to market the Sourcebook, the “Find-an-Expert” service for reporters, toolkits and other grant-supported publications.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to increase social media presence and capabilities.
  • Work with other Alliance staff, web designer and consultants on the integration of database and website capabilities, usability, appearance and design
  • Write and edit publications and communications.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Desired:

  • Substantive knowledge of and experience in social media, legacy media and health policy
  • Knowledge of congressional audiences and the legislative process
  • Demonstrated experience with marketing and promotion of events
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to work closely with web designers and other communication-related vendors
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines

Position:Health Policy Associate
Closing Date:4/18/2016

 Position overview The person in this position will be an integral member of the health policy staff and assist the president and senior policy team in developing and executing briefings, researching current health policy issues, and helping to cultivate and maintain relationships with key congressional staff and other health policy stake holders.

In close collaboration with the health policy team, the Policy Associate researches and proposes content of Alliance briefings; schedules, maintains communication with, and prepares speakers; prepares and drafts publications and materials, and communicates with appropriate target audiences to inform them about our congressional briefings and other events.
The person in this position also helps to coordinate policy research among Alliance staff members; tracks health policy topics under discussion among analysts and policy makers, especially on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies; and keeps Alliance staff informed about health policy development relevant to our mission.


  • Education, Training & Experience
    An established background and interest in health policy, economics, public health, public policy, political science, or other social science field is required. A master’s degree or a combination of work experience and a B.A. in one of the above disciplines is preferred.

    Previous federal or state legislative or executive branch experience is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge Requirements
    One or more of the following: Health reform, private insurance, quality, cost, disparities, children’s health, Medicare and Medicaid, long-term services and supports, public health, prevention, health information technology, health care costs, health care delivery system reform, health insurance marketplaces/exchanges, behavioral health care, and social determinants of health. Understanding of the structure of Congress and federal health policy process is essential.
  • Skills & Abilities
    Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; a high level of organization and demonstrated project planning capability; and a commitment to the mission of the Alliance are essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill is a plus. Good judgment, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and ability to function both autonomously and in close collaboration with others are important. Must be able to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Strong computer skills are mandatory. Strong and creative use of social media is a plus.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements to no later than April 18, 2016. Word or PDF files only please. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls please.

About Us:
The Alliance for Health Reform, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit health policy education organization. Our aim is to help Members of Congress, their staff, reporters, and other policy leaders understand the roots of the nation’s health care problems and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change. We do not lobby for any particular policy proposals, nor do we take positions on legislation.
Since 1991, the Alliance has organized more than 500 forums in Washington and around the nation, each presenting a balance of expert views. Most of these forums are briefings on Capitol Hill for 200+ congressional staff, administration staff, the media and others in the policy community. Other events exclusively engage congressional staff or the press. We also cosponsor an annual retreat for members of Congress, and a separate retreat for senior congressional health policy staff.
The Alliance also has published seven highly-regarded versions of Covering Health Issues, a health care policy guide for journalists and congressional staff. In addition, we produce toolkits on timely health care policy issues such as workforce adequacy and industry consolidation.

For additional information, visit us online at


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