Full-Time Communications and Outreach Associate
The Communications and Outreach Associate (COA) directs HEAL’s media relations, public communications, social media outreach, public outreach events, and education functions.
In addition, the COA helps HEAL’s Policy Associates distribute background information, action alerts, and updates related to specific campaigns, legislative bills and regulatory actions. The COA works closely with HEAL’s Grassroots Organizer to help coordinate HEAL volunteers and citizen activists, and ongoing contact with them via calls, emails and social networking. The COC also supports the promotion and organization of HEAL’s fundraising efforts in conjunction with the Development and Executive Directors.
Areas of Direct Responsibility:
• Oversee HEAL’s general ongoing communication supporters, donors, volunteers,
other stakeholders, and the general public.
o Coordinate the design, maintenance and publication of HEAL’s external
communication content including regular membership updates, action alerts, and
event promotion via HEAL’s website and social media platforms.
o Coordinate HEAL’s interactions with the news media including op-eds, press
interviews, press releases and press conferences.
o Develop audio and video presentations to help educate and activate HEAL
supporters and members of the general public
o Producing podcasts including booking guests and coordinating with the production
o Coordinate the maintenance and updating of HEAL’s postcards, brochures, fact
sheets, etc. to educate the public about HEAL’s priority campaigns.
o Coordinate the scheduling and staffing of HEAL’s booths and tables at community
events (e.g. farmers markets, street fairs, organization conferences, concerts, etc.).
o Oversee the design and ordering of tabling materials including signs, banners, and
• Engage HEAL supporters in our specific campaigns.
o Identify, recruit, and help activate HEAL supporters for specific targeted activities
such as writing letters to the editor, postcard campaigns, attending legislative or
regulatory hearings, rallies and press conferences
o Support the Grassroots Organizer:
§ recruit for and manage volunteer events, like phone banks, postcard labeling
parties, fundraisers, etc.
§ contact new HEAL supporters and assess and track their interests and
availability, to facilitate their involvements in our campaigns
§ organize, systematize and supervise data entry and maintenance activities –
postcards, signup forms, etc. – for volunteers and interns.
o Support the Policy Associates:
§ create and send out action alerts. Help write emails, updates, action alerts to
send to targeted HEAL supporters as it relates to legislative and regulatory
§ coordinate and carryout communications and strategy, in addition to
outreach – for specific campaigns with directly-affected communities (i.e. air
pollution, solar power, nuclear waste, etc.)
• Fundraising Support
o Support the Development Director:
§ help create materials for major donor outreach
§ assist with donor appreciation outreach, running regular donor reports,
coordinating thank you calls, coordinating mailings and emails, and updating
members records in the database
§ assist with maintenance and updating of the supporter database including
data clean-up activities, running regular quality control report, and refining
data best practice procedures as needed.
§ help process donations for financial record-keeping (entering donations, plus
running reports and exporting data), including donations of monthly
sustainers, ensuring transactions aren’t interrupted
§ assist with fundraising events, including logistics, recruitment, and volunteer
support where needed.
§ assist with other donor, membership and database help where needed.
• Internship Support
o Oversee HEAL’s internship program:
§ Coordinate hiring and orientation
§ Ensure the interns have a term-long project and daily tasks
Applicants must be passionate about HEAL Utah’s issues and about advocating for science-based policies to protect public health and the environment. Social media platform skills and experience, public information skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to quickly learn and use a range of software, and a strong passion for educating and interacting with the public are all a must. College degree required; At least 2 years policy, social media, communications, grassroots or campaign experience desired, but internship and volunteer work may count. Interested individuals should be self-motivated, comfortable working independently, and excited to take initiative.
Hours, Compensation and Benefits
This is a regular, salaried full-time position. There will be some occasional evening and weekend activities with comp time provided.
Starting annual salary for the Communications and Outreach position is ~$32,000-$38,000 per year depending on skills and experience.
HEAL offers an excellent benefit package: including four weeks of paid time off (a mix of holidays, sick/personal leave and vacation), health and dental coverage (including health savings account contributions), and an up-to-3-percent match of simple IRA retirement contributions.