The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing approximately 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a Full-time Communication Specialist HIV, STI Viral Hepatitis.
The Communications Specialist is responsible for supporting the work of the HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis Team, and reports to the designated Senior Program Analyst. The Communications Specialist contributes to the advancement of local public health practice by performing a range of responsibilities related to the dissemination of information about HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis (including developing print and electronic publications, web and social media content, and media templates).
The Communications Specialist understands policies, standards, and their application to their work (both internal to NACCHO and the various programs and their funders). They typically perform analysis, research, writing, or project management and can complete projects or components of large-scale projects/programs with little supervision. The Communications Specialist may support and coordinate internal and external stakeholders at a level commensurate with the position’s duties and expectations. They may have frequent contact with outside organizations’ internal/external stakeholders, local health department staff, and others in the public health enterprise that may involve project coordination, information sharing, or the resolution of problems. This position may be required to capture and report for NACCHO at meetings, conferences, training programs, or other designated activities.
Position-Specific Information
The Communications Specialist is responsible for providing communications support for programs and internal functional activities and typically performs tasks of moderate difficulty including research, writing, and analysis; proofreading, production and publishing; coordinating the collection of stories from the field and production schedules among various parties; and all related work associated under the direction of a Senior Program Analyst or Director with minimal supervision. General responsibilities include substantive writing (creative and technical), editing, copyediting, and proofreading publications; developing and maintaining web pages; providing communications support at events and conferences; and promoting the work of NACCHO’s HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis projects using all forms of media including traditional and new media outlets.
• Effectively transfers thoughts and expresses ideas orally or verbally in individual or group situations.
• Thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved. Monitors and checks work or information and plans and organizes time and resources efficiently.
• Demonstrates eagerness to acquire necessary technical knowledge, skills, and judgment to accomplish a result or to serve members’ needs effectively. Has desire and drive to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to perform job more effectively.
• Applies original thinking in approach to job responsibilities and to improve processes, methods, systems, or services.
• Builds a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manage the situation at hand by drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary.
• Provides guidance and technical assistance through communications, project planning and coordination, and targeted marketing.
• Independently develops, prepares, and disseminates reports.
• Works collaboratively with others to support technical assistance activities.
• Represents NACCHO at external conferences and meetings with stakeholders.
• Acts as liaison with staff as needed in specialization area.
• Tracks and analyzes policies and best practices.
• Writes, edits, and proofreads creative and technical material for publications, papers, reports, websites, social media, fact sheets, talking points, news articles, media templates, etc.
• Develops and enforces adherence with publication schedules and style guides for various products and programs.
• Serves as point person for specified HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction webpages.
• Monitors and captures statistics for e-newsletters and webpages and explores ways to increase readership.
• Implements marketing strategies and activities using NACCHO’s and programmatic communication vehicles.
• Interfaces with NACCHO personnel, members, committees, partner organizations, and vendors to develop articles and publications, and assists in developing written materials for members and volunteers serving as media spokespeople.
• Responds to publication inquiries from local health departments and other stakeholders nationwide.
• Provides editorial assistance on project proposals, periodic reports to funding agencies, and other documents.
• Demonstrates customer service to variety of clients and audiences.
• Possesses advanced interpersonal communication skills.
• Develops timelines and project milestones to meet deadlines.
• Effectively manages and coordinates multiple and conflicting priorities.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant professional field with a minimum of 2-5 years of relevant experience and/or advanced technical training; or equivalent combination of education (Communications, English, Journalism) and experience, including a relevant certification. An advanced degree may be substituted for work experience. On occasion, extensive practical experience may be substituted for formal education, particularly if the technical specialty is unusually complex or when long experience has a greater value to the organization than conceptual understanding. Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
• Experience developing creative and technical written materials is required. Interest in public health in general, and in HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, Harm Reduction preferred.
• Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
• Strong skills in the use of social media e-marketing and web application software to achieve program, publications and marketing goals.
• Competent and proficient in the use of website content management software (e.g., Craft, HTML, etc.) and e-marketing software (e.g., MagnetMail or similar product).
• Competent and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Competency in Adobe Creative Suite products preferred, particularly InDesign.
• Basic video production and editing skills preferred.
• Competent and proficient in the use of project management software.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Occasionally required to sit.
• Occasionally required to walk.
• Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
• Occasionally required to talk or hear.
• Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb stairs.
• Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds).
The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
HIRING SALARY RANGE: $57,920 – $61,360
SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls please. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application, with salary requirements to: PN- 432 Communication Specialist HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis, using the following link:
NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance. Hybrid Remote work available.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

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