Kentucky Voices for Health Seeks Communications and Development Coordinator
About KVH: Kentucky Voices for Health has been a respected voice of consumer advocates and a catalyst in health policy decision-making since 2007. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition, we bring together individuals, advocates, community organizations, state agencies, and policymakers to address the underlying causes of poor health by connecting Kentuckians with opportunities to make change through policy advocacy. We believe every Kentuckian, regardless of race, place, gender, or age, has the right to live a healthy life and contribute to the health of their communities.
Position Overview: The Communications and Development Coordinator will build public awareness and support for KVH’s work; communicate the benefits of health reform and a strong social safety-net; inform debate around policy issues that impact health and racial justice; strengthen existing coalition partnerships and build new relationships with a diverse range of community groups, organizations, agencies, and policymakers; cultivate relationships with coalition members, donors, and prospective supporters; create targeted messaging and plain language educational materials to effectively communicate the impact of health system changes and translate these changes into meaningful, actionable information; and further the mission of KVH to amplify the voices of consumers and health advocates in the decisions that affect the health and wellbeing of Kentuckians.
The responsibilities of the Communications and Development Coordinator include the duties outlined below.
- Stay informed about Kentucky’s shifting health policy landscape and issues related to health reform, access to care, children’s health, safety-net programs, and other relevant topics.
- Develop and operationalize a communications plan and calendar with regular content tailored for various audiences and platforms.
- Work in collaboration with staff to translate policy changes into meaningful information, plain language educational materials, policy briefs, blogs, toolkits, and tailored messaging for consumers, advocates, providers, and policymakers.
- Work in collaboration with staff to create targeted messaging and design educational materials.
- Produce infographics, interactives, videos, and other multi-media products, working with contractors when necessary.
- Assure messaging and materials are regularly updated with accurate and timely information.
- Build public awareness and support for KVH’s work through social media engagement, member and donor communications, earned media, and paid media coverage.
- Manage social media, website, weekly e-newsletter, and other communications to KVH stakeholders.
- Track and analyze communications engagement and reach to improve messaging content and strategies.
- Compose and edit letters, press releases, public comments, testimony, op-ed pieces, talking points, social media content, and blog posts.
- Coordinate KVH’s messaging activities with partner organizations and coalition members, as appropriate.
- Coordinate media outreach including press releases, editorial board visits and press events.
- Work in collaboration with staff and coalition partners to amplify consumer voices through story-banking, comment collection, testimony, press conferences, surveys, and earned media.
- Act as a liaison between media and boots-on-the-ground partners to collect stories from Kentuckians with personal experience or more direct impact.
- Develop a speakers’ bureau and provide training and technical assistance to advocates and consumers representing KVH in their communities.
- Prepare and provide presentations to community groups.
- Compile materials for meetings and create “leave behind” materials.
Membership and Fundraising
- Create and disseminate an annual report to illustrate the impact of KVH’s work.
- Build brand recognition to increase public awareness and engage new members and donors.
- Cultivate relationships with members, donors, and prospective supporters.
- Develop and manage an annual giving campaign including appeals, social media, creative donor engagement projects, recognition of donors, and other activities.
- Maintain a membership and fundraising calendar to track prospects, activities, and deadlines.
- Develop and maintain a membership and donor database, assuring its accuracy and keeping it updated.
- Create membership and donor reports for the Board of Directors and funders.
- Track goals, objectives, and tasks; manage grant activities and deliverables; write reports as required by funding sources.
- Carry out administrative tasks as needed, including database entry, mailings, events and other activities.
- Attend and participate in meetings on behalf of KVH.
- Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Strong commitment to health justice; including recognition that health justice is not possible without anti-racist actions and commitments.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, nonprofit management, public administration, public policy, or relevant focus
- Two years of experience in media or public relations, communications, journalism, fundraising/development, advocacy or a related field.
- Experience with policy advocacy and/or grasstops or grassroots advocacy.
- Knowledge of public policy and barriers to health justice for all Kentuckians, regardless of race, place, age, gender, income or other identifications. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to engage with a diverse range of Kentuckians from a variety of identities and experiences, including professionals.
- Outstanding communications skills with the ability to craft targeted messages for diverse audiences.
- Excellent writing and editing skills that demonstrate ability to translate complex information for various
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail sufficient to manage a project with multiple contributors, tasks and deadlines.
- Familiarity with media outlets and key contacts in
- Experience using graphic design software and skill in creating, scheduling and maximizing distribution of content for social media and other electronic communications.
- Experience running a successful communications or marketing campaign.
- Ability to adapt to changing situations, prioritize work, meet deadlines, handle confidential information, and switch between different projects and tasks on short notice.
- Ability to be self-motivated and self-directed, working constructively both independently and in teams.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and G Suite.
- Experience with Salesforce or other donor management software a plus.
- A valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation.
This position is grant-funded and offers a competitive salary based on experience with benefits. KVH’s office is located in Louisville, but applicants from across Kentucky will be considered. Work from home procedures are in place during the COVID-19 emergency.
KVH is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that is excellent and representative of Kentuckians, diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, abilities, veteran status and other qualities. We encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.
Please email your resume and contact information for three professional references and a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications submitted before 5pm ET on September 4, 2020 will receive priority review, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The interview process will be conducted remotely according to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information about KVH visit our website at: www.kyvoicesforhealth.org.