Health Communications Specialist

Do you believe we need deep, structural change in healthcare and want to devote your knowledge and passion to creating a better system? Do you want to play a meaningful role in high profile projects attracting national attention? The Lown Institute seeks an energetic and thoughtful individual to join our communications staff as we work to catalyze transformation in the US health system.

About the Lown Institute:

Founded in 1973 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, MD, the Lown Institute is a think tank that believes a radically better system of health is possible. We are known for:

  • The Lown Hospitals Index, the first ranking to assess the social responsibility of hospitals by applying measures like racial inclusivity and pay equity.
  • The Shkreli Awards, which “honor” the most egregious examples of profiteering and dysfunction in health care each year.
  • The Bernard Lown Award for Social Responsibility, given to a clinician who emulates the courage and humanitarian spirit of Dr. Bernard Lown.
  • Leadership in the field of low-value care, including groundbreaking research on hospital overuse and overmedication among older adults.
About the Position:

The candidate should possess both a professional interest in healthcare and practical skills for creating and sharing engaging content. Experience in some mixture of writing, video production, social media, graphic design, data visualization, website management, and media relations is needed. We expect you to have some, not all, of these skills and will match you with projects that align most clearly with your abilities and ambition. We have a friendly and respectful culture and a staff that is serious about producing the type of high-quality work necessary to advance our aspirational goals. The Health Communications Specialist will report to the Vice President of Communications.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, a health care field, or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience in the health sector.
  • Excellent writing, editing, synthesizing, and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: graphic design, video production, social media, data visualization
  • Experience/interest in media relations
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Canva, Adobe Suite, Meltwater, Mailchimp, Agorapulse
  • Experience in a project management role and working with external vendors
  • A creative mind and the confidence to experiment and think differently
Job Responsibilities:
  • Engage in the strategy and execution of major projects.
  • Assist or play a lead role in the production of creative content, including videos, data visualizations, publications, memes, presentations, and other visual content.
  • Manage logistics for virtual and in-person events, including drafting event scripts, creating presentations, and promotion through email and social media channels.
  • Support writing projects, including website content, academic papers, and blogs.
  • Assist with media relations, including writing press releases, conducting outreach to reporters, and managing media requests.
  • Assist in the management of large web design projects as well as daily maintenance or existing web properties.
  • Provide communications support for other Lown business units, including the development of print and web collateral, emails, and graphics.
  • Assist with analytics development and tracking.
Compensation, Benefits, and Work Schedule:

This is a full-time position. Starting salary is $65,000 – $75,000, depending on experience. A generous benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, life insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits is available. This is a contract position with an anticipated ending date of June 30, 2025.

To Apply:

Please apply via Indeed. If you’re excited to work with us but not sure if you fit the qualifications, please apply! We want to hear from you.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2023 or until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. We sincerely regret that we will not be able to respond to all applicants.

As an organization working for a more equitable health system, we promote a diverse and inclusive working environment and value differences in identity and lived experience.

We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, neurodiversity, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. The Lown Institute is an equal opportunity employer.