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American Heart Association Community Impact/Communications Director in Madison, Wisconsin


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Community Impact/Communications Director in Madison

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.


The Director will drive the execution of community health impact goals within the metro Madison area by focusing in the areas of hypertension, cholesterol, nutrition, obesity, and physical activity, with a focus on diverse communities. The Director will also set and executive the communications strategy in outstate Wisconsin markets including earned media, social media, paid media, PSA’s, media advocacy, messaging, and storytelling.

  • Engage in collective community impact efforts, both leading and supporting, in partnership with key volunteers, strategic alliances, institutions and corporations. Build and implement a cross-functional hypertension and cholesterol control strategy (high blood pressure management, cholesterol and healthy behavior initiatives) in the market.

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers and strategic community alliances to achieve priority community and collective impact goals.

  • Identify and assist in recruiting diverse volunteers to serve in leadership roles on market board of directors and event executive leadership teams.

  • Work with internal staff partners to ensure population health strategies are integrated into development, communications and marketing, advocacy, and healthcare quality improvement activities.

  • Collaborate with development staff partners and volunteers to identify, cultivate and secure program funding, including sponsorship (cash and in-kind) for relevant campaigns.

  • Proactively pitch AHA programs and events to the media on a local level.

  • Oversee local social media sites, including the creation and promoting of posts.

  • Negotiate and coordinate local media sponsorships for AHA programs and events.

  • Execute strategy for media advocacy that advances local and state policy goals.

  • Lead creation of market messaging for events and issues.

  • Recruit, engage and train local volunteers and staff to serve as AHA spokespeople in traditional, non-traditional and social media.

  • Work outside of normal business hours and on weekends as needed.


  • 2+ years of related experience. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement. Nonprofit experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience. 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 working with multicultural communities preferred.

  • Proven ability to recruit, mobilize and manage volunteers, including C-suite level executives. Knowledge of media and communications principles, ethics, practices and techniques, including technical requirements.

  • Ability to create and maintain key contacts within the media.

  • Exceptional skill in written and oral communications.

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 40% and occasional overnight travel.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those deemed most qualified will be contacted to interview.

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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Location US-WI-Madison

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/10/2020 10:22 PM)

Requisition ID 2019-5212

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Health Services

Location: Madison, WI