CPH Preferred


About the position

Working alongside the Director of Public Education, the Associate Director of Public Education contributes to the strategic vision and makes operational the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) public education programs and initiatives. The programs are designed to educate and raise awareness about the risks of kidney disease in the general public, while also educating patients and family members affected by kidney disease.

Are you someone who is:

  • Collaborative: Ability to work cross-functionally with internal teams and external partners.
  • Creative: A thinker who designs communications that audiences cannot stop reading and encourages engagement with the organization.
  • Detail oriented: Can review and fact check educational materials and communications.
  • Customer focused: Provides a high level of customer service to requests for information.

Every member of the public education team is hands-on and is able to see the direct results of their efforts. Join the team and grow professionally while making a difference in the lives of people living with kidney disease.



  • Leads public education sponsored campaigns for kidney disease patients, transplant patients, caregivers & families. Responsible for health education planning, implementation, and evaluation activities.
  • Works closely with the Director of Public Education to contribute to a programmatic vision and proposal brainstorms for public education programs and campaigns that align with the AKF strategic plan.
  • Manages the delivery of public education’s sponsored campaigns (to include webinars, downloadables, webpages, and videos) in collaboration with the Education team
    Develop project plans, timelines, tasks, analyses, and written reports, ensuring associated deadlines are met.
  • Edit, review, and fact checks educational materials and communications developed for AKF websites, social media, newsletters, emails, videos, factsheets, webinars, infographics, toolkits, blog posts, etc.
  • Supervises Public Education Assistant in supporting role on education campaigns, performing formative research and contributing to new health education content such as toolkits, planners, fact sheets, brochures, pamphlets, infographics, posters.
  • Supervises Public Education Assistant with coordination of regular webinars/live engagements across AKF social platforms to include drafting of scripts and slides, review of promotion material, and technical support during live event.
  • Manages ongoing evaluation activities of public education programs and campaigns, in collaboration with Public Education Assistant, including needs assessments, environmental scans, and outcome evaluation, to assess the effectiveness of programs. Provides annual recommendations to the Director of Public Education to drive improvements.
  • Manages clinical review with external subject matter experts, as appropriate, to ensure accuracy of content.
  • Coordinates with outside vendors to draft content, design graphics, and translate resources into Spanish.
  • Actively participates with Fundraising department on reviewing and providing input to grant proposals and ensuring supporting contributors receive the benefits outlined in their sponsorship agreements.
  • Assists with developing related business documents such as proposals, letters of agreement, project summaries and reports.
  • Contributes to the development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, and exhibit materials for scientific and public health conferences.
  • Collaborates across departments, including Communications, Fundraising, Government Relations, and Operations, to assure educational materials developed meet the needs of the entire organization and ensures the public education team maintains the same positive collaboration.
  • Manages intern recruitment, selection and work plans. Develops and maintains good working relationships with health education, community health, public health and academic institutions.
  • Represents AKF in a professional manner through superior customer support and knowledge of AKF’s programs and services.
  • Apply principles of health literacy and plain language to translate clinical/technical jargon into consumable layperson content. Support cultural adaptation and translation of content considering the language, culture, and context of our audiences.
  • Performs additional related duties, as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in health-related field required: Health Education, Community Health, Biology, Behavioral Sciences or related discipline. Graduate degree in Public Health, Dietetics, or Nursing preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in non-profit sector or other professional environment. At least 1-2 years supervisory experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of health literacy principles, plain language standards, and behavior change theory required.
  • Certifications in CPH, CHES or MCHES a plus.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
  • Experience with renal health and an understanding of the needs of kidney disease patients strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of principles and application of best practices of health communication, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstration of cultural competency, and track record of application within the context of high-quality health education.
  • Clear understanding of social determinants of health, and its effect on health behaviors and health outcomes.
  • Must be well-organized and detail oriented with skill in research, technical writing and budget management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with experience communicating with various levels of professionals through both verbal and written correspondence.
  • Strong project management skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly flexible, provide exemplary customer service, and work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to lift materials and boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work some weekends or evenings as required.
  • Position is located in the AKF National Office in Rockville, MD.

About American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit fighting kidney disease on all fronts. We are proud to be recognized as one of the top 50 nonprofit employers in the United States by The Nonprofit Times. AKF is one of the nation’s top-rated nonprofits, investing 97 cents of every donated dollar in programs, and holds the highest 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. We are able to reach this level of efficiency and effectiveness because of our incredible team.

Employee benefits:
In addition to your competitive salary, paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal days; health, dental and vision coverage; life insurance and disability coverages; and a generous matching 403(b) retirement plan, we’ll shower you with perks, including:
Culture: We make sure our team knows how much they are valued demonstrated through our Quality Work Environment (QWE) Task Force and employee-led recognition and social events throughout the year.
Compressed work week: Start the weekend early with shorter workdays on Fridays – closing at 3 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day and 2 p.m. in the summer.
Flexibility: Employees work from home three days a week.
Clear expectations: You’ll know what you need to do to succeed; annual raises and bonuses for all employees are based on your performance.
Location: Convenient location and a short walk to the popular Pike and Rose shopping center
Parking: Arrive and leave work comfortably, thanks to an underground parking garage whose monthly cost is paid for by AKF. Metro subsidies are provided for those who do not drive.
Dress code: Business casual through the week and casual on Fridays.

At AKF, we embrace diversity and emphasize the importance of working together as a staff to continue making the organization a great place to work.


AKF works on a hybrid work schedule with employees working two days in the office and three days of telework. AKF requires employees to be fully vaccinated by their first day of hire. A request for medical or religious accommodation may be provided and will be considered confidentially by HR on a case-by-case basis.