Public Health Communications Specialist

NEHA LogoCompany:  National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Location:  Denver, CO

Date Posted:  June 26, 2020

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  DOE

Public Health Communications Specialist

About the Position

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is currently seeking a Public Health Communications Specialist to join our team in Washington, D.C.

NEHA's mission is to advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Be part of an organization that supports thousands of members committed to ensuring that the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink and play in, and the homes and buildings we live and work in are all safe to enjoy. Since 1937 NEHA has been at the crossroads wherever human health and the environment intersect. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, through grant and membership support, NEHA works with federal partners such as the EPA, CDC and FDA on critical and diverse issues such as climate change, food safety, water quality, preparedness and more.

About the Role

The Public Health Communications Specialist will serve as a public health expert, trained in communications and technical aspects to assist with development and promotion of project work and outcomes through various platforms.  Work includes development and promotion of digital and print materials on public health issues specifically regarding food safety and the reduction of foodborne and waterborne illnesses.

What You Will Do

  • Analyze current and emerging public health risks or concerns to determine project areas
  • Identify, develop and execute communications strategy for publicizing project work and outcomes
  • Write, edit and develop, communication materials in support of communications designed to promote project mission, values, standards, strategic initiatives, project objectives, and other critical information with association members, stakeholders, and the public
  • Manage the sharing and distribution of public health communications on multiple channels, including but not limited to email, newsletters, podcasts, webinars, videos and webpage postings
  • Use the internet and other forms of mass media to help influence public policy and to help educate association members and the public about various public health issues
  • Provide communication advice and counsel to internal team regarding critical public health issues and opportunities that require strategic communications solutions
  • Design printed and digital materials that educate about public health issues and distribute them to association members and the public
  • Support departments in designing engaging replicable templates for vendor and jurisdictional facing meetings and events related to project work
  • Perform periodic needs assessments to continually improve the method of delivery, efficiency and effectiveness of messaging tactics; analyze current programs and initiatives and determine how health communication efforts can be changed for better results
  • Conduct research with leadership, functional teams and prepare communications based on aggregate research
  • Support Training & Development team members as needed in graphic design assignments
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to achieve association and project goals
  • Maintain consistent messaging and enforce branding guidelines across public platforms
  • Always maintain a high degree of confidentiality due to access to sensitive information
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs. or less.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Manual dexterity required for operating office equipment.
  • Ability to read required reports and computer screen.
  • Hearing required to interact with management and associates.


Our Ideal Candidate 

Education and experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience in public health and/or food safety-related field 
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience 
  • Advanced expertise with Canva, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, website/application development and design and Microsoft Office 
  • Creative, conversational writing style with the ability to invest association culture into all messaging 
  • Experience managing and implementing marketing campaigns and initiatives
  • Working knowledge of graphic design and content creation
  • A passion for public health and communications 

Skills, abilities, and character: 

  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 

How to Apply

What We Offer 

The salary for this position is DOE.

We offer a generous benefits package including paid time off and health, dental, and vision plans with employee premiums paid 100% by the association. Our benefits also include a five percent of base salary employer contribution to 403b retirement plan; paid short and long-term disability plans and paid term life insurance. We offer workplace flexibility including telework and a wellness program led by an employee committee that strives to inspire, create and maintain a workplace environment that supports physical, mental, and social well-being. 

When Considering Applicants
When considering applicants, we look for integrity, a vision for what is possible and a proven performance record, along with the education, experience and skills that match the position requirements. 

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
NEHA is an equal opportunity employer which is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe diversity strengthens our organization, enriches its corporate culture and favorably influences our member services.

To Apply
Submit your resume and cover letter.

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