AIM is seeking qualified candidates for its Public Health Communications Specialist position. As a key member of the communications team, the position’s core function is to create and develop communication plans, projects, and materials to boost health awareness about influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. The work will focus on initiatives to support historically under-resourced communities that experience health disparities and are disproportionately affected by influenza and COVID-19.
The Public Health Communications Specialist assists AIM staff in the administration and management of communication activities associated with a cooperative agreement awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement technical assistance for strategies to increase community engagement and uptake of influenza and COVID-19 vaccination. These activities are supporting CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program and the 64 immunization programs. REACH is a CDC administered program that works towards reducing racial and ethnic health disparities by awarding mini-grants to organizations that address these issues. Through this AIM/CDC partnership—known as iREACH— REACH grant recipients plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs to address racial and ethnic disparities in immunization coverage among Black/African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian, and Pacific Island/Alaska Native communities. AIM provides a platform for REACH recipients to store and share materials, as well as facilitate communication with and between organizations.
This position will be responsible for developing and disseminating clearly written, well-designed health communication materials for AIM members, REACH recipients, and partners in a variety of formats, such as web content, social media toolkits, blogs, posters, training materials, and slide decks, etc. Additionally, this position will provide support for communication and information sharing among AIM members, REACH organizations, and key AIM partners, and support adding developed materials into the CDC’s media center as needed.
This position reports to the Communications Director.
Position Location: Remote
Job Type: Full-time (37.5 hour work week) with benefits, non-exempt. This is a grant-funded position and funding is available through September 2023; subsequent years of funding for this position are contingent on available grant funds.
Salary and Benefits: $65,000, commensurate with experience, competitive benefits package
Start date: September 2022 (negotiable)
- Provide leadership, direction, and management of the REACH grant project’s communication activities and ensure implementation of grant-required activities through monitoring and tracking of deliverables.
- Create communications project plans including scope, schedule, and cost estimates.
- Develop, review, and provide substantive and editorial feedback on AIM and REACH materials and resources, as needed, based on members’ common challenges and practices associate with COVID-19 and/or flu vaccination implementation and uptake. These might include fact sheets, social media toolkits, web content, presentations, reports, talking points, and other communication materials designed for both external and internal audiences.
- Collect, review, modify, and improve AIM and REACH resources, such as toolkits, checklists, quick guides, infographics, and other educational materials, assessing for reading level and health literacy. Ensure communication activities are based on accepted principles, methods, and best practices.
- Synthesize members’ strategies and messaging to understand vaccine needs, perceptions, and community-accepted approaches for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination. This could include synthesizing success stories, practices, and materials.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with partners, contractors, and stakeholders.
- Develop a process for and respond to requests for communications support from REACH recipients and immunization program staff.
- Support other communications functions as required.
- A thorough understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for equity, cultural humility, and inclusiveness
- A bachelor’s degree (specifically in communications, health communications, health education, or public health is highly desirable). A master’s degree in public health or communications preferred.
- 5+ years of professional health communications experience
- Knowledge of health communication and social media environments
- 3+ years of experience in writing and copyediting education and outreach materials in plain language, for use in digital and non-digital platforms
- 3+ years of demonstrated communication or marketing strategic planning experience, including social media strategy
- Experience working in or with communities of color or other underserved communities
- Experience working with graphic design software (such as Canva) preferred
- Experience with national associations/nonprofits a plus
- Experience working an immunization-focused, health care, or related environment highly desirable
The ideal candidate is:
- Passionate, friendly, and committed to AIM’s mission
- Confident, takes initiative, and works independently
- An excellent communicator with outstanding writing and editing skills and exceptional oral communication and interpersonal skills
- Organized and detail-oriented
- Adept at meeting short- and long-term goals and objectives
- Experienced with various communication channels and how they work (print and digital, web, social media, mobile)
- Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, especially Microsoft Teams, with the ability to learn additional applications
- Proficient in AP style
- Able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Willing to work closely with a cross-disciplinary team of colleagues, partners, and members in a collaborative, collegial, and cooperative manner
- Knowledgeable of communication theory and practices
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume, and a professional or graduate school writing sample (the sample should be solely written by the candidate, 400-750 words, related to a health topic, and include at the top who the intended audience was) to [email protected]. Please state “Public Health Communications Specialist” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls or LinkedIn messages please.
About the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)
The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) is the only professional public health association for all federally funded immunization program managers in the United States and its territories. Founded in 1999, AIM is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that enables immunization managers to work together to effectively prevent and control vaccine-preventable diseases and improve immunization coverage in the U.S.; promotes adequate and efficient allocation of resources to immunization efforts; promotes development and implementation of sound immunization policies and programs; and provides a forum for development and dissemination of information among its members.