The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a policy design and implementation partner devoted to improving outcomes for people enrolled in Medicaid. We connect people and ideas to spark insights, build expertise, and spread innovations to provide more effective, efficient, and equitable care for millions of people across the nation. The passion, expertise, and creativity of CHCS’ staff make our work possible. We are committed to a diverse workforce that brings distinct perspectives — including cultures, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities — experiences, and abilities to the table.

CHCS seeks a creative and detail-oriented candidate with an interest in health policy and social justice to serve as Communications Associate. This individual will help develop and drive communications strategies to promote improvements in health care services for people with complex health and social needs to a national audience. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills; communications experience, ideally within the public health or health care policy field; and a commitment to improving health equity for underserved populations. The position will report to the Vice President of Communications.

This is a full-time, junior-level position based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. This position offers a hybrid schedule, with one day in the office and four days remote. Local candidates are desired; remote candidates will be considered but will be required to travel to CHCS’ office periodically.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with communications and program staff to devise new strategies to disseminate key messages and develop and execute communications plans for select CHCS initiatives.
  • Translate project findings and outcomes into clear messages that resonate with state/federal policymakers, providers, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Edit and oversee production for a broad range of publications, including blog posts, issue briefs, case studies, infographics, PowerPoints, videos, etc.
  • Draft materials including promotional language, web and newsletter copy, fact sheets, etc.
  • Identify storytelling opportunities across CHCS’ work, conduct interviews, and draft compelling profiles.
  • Support project management and content development for the Better Care Playbook, a national online clearinghouse for disseminating evidence-based and promising practices to improve care for people with complex health and social needs.
  • Contribute to CHCS’ overall communications strategy in creative ways and support efforts to achieve high standards for all external and internal communications.
  • Provide ad hoc communications support as necessary, including internal communications and proposal development.

Core Competencies and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in public health/health policy, journalism/communications, or related field, or bachelor’s degree with equivalent (2-3 years) work experience.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex ideas into clear, compelling language and tailor writing for a variety of audiences/formats.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills supported by a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Creativity and a firm grasp of what makes compelling and actionable content.
  • Ability to optimize social media usage/content to drive engagement.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize assignments, and work independently and collaboratively.
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity, flexibility in embracing new ideas, and a passion for CHCS’ mission and its work to promote health equity for underserved populations.

Salary and Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and education. CHCS also offers a highly competitive benefit package.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) writing samples (professional, educational, or creative) to CHCS’ Career Center with “Communications Associate, Program” referenced in the subject line. Cover letters should include:

  • Why you are interested in the Communications Associate position.
  • Any additional professional and/or personal experience that informs your qualifications for the position that otherwise is not obvious from your resume.
  • Your salary requirements for the position.

This description is not intended to limit the responsibilities of a prospective employee to the duties listed above. Responsibilities may vary based on company and individual capabilities.
The Center for Health Care Strategies provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws