Director, Communications, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


About Us:

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.

What We Do:

To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

The Job:

The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association is recruiting for a Director – Communications position to be based in our Manchester, NH office. This position will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive communications program for our New Hampshire and Vermont market to increase the public’s awareness about cardiovascular diseases and stroke in support of the American Heart Association’s missions and in support of our critical fund-raising events.

Your Key Responsibilities will include:

Developing plans to reach the media, general public and target audiences through social media, press releases and other relevant materials and sources; develop communications plans and timelines for core fund-raising events, including Heart Walk, Go Red For Women Luncheon, and social events; cultivating media sources both internal and external; providing spokesperson training to volunteer leadership and staff; working with media and other third-party vendors to provide traditional and non-traditional media sponsorship opportunities; coordinating all promotional activities with media sponsors, including, PSA’s, interviews with AHA spokespeople; and monitoring the use of AHA’s name and logo by media sponsors.

In this role, you will report to Kevin our Regional VP Communications and Marketing. You will have the opportunity to work with NH/VT staff as well as Kevin’s team of Communications Directors throughout the region.


Ideal Candidate:

As the ideal candidate for the Director Communications position we need you to bring your 2 plus years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing or journalism and your ability to build powerful partnerships internally as well as externally with media sources and the public. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.


If this sounds like you, review the preferred skills we are looking for below: ( Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

You should have excellent written and verbal skills, superior interpersonal skills, knowledge of not-for-profit healthcare organizations with a focus on medical-related issues, experience working with groups and/or volunteers with the ability to train, manage and guide them to achieving program goals; and be able to handle multiple assignments in a fast paced, diverse professional setting. You must be willing to travel within your territory on a daily basis as well as occasional travel to other locations in the affiliate and to our National Center in Dallas, Texas for meetings or training.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

Experience: Must have at least 2 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, or journalism. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.


Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

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While we can only contact/interview those applicants deemed most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. In most cases you can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your completed application.

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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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