American Heart Association (AHA)

Director (Internal Communications)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Austin, Texas Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet! This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Executive Communications in the SouthWest region, a six-state region that includes Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. You will be supporting the SVP of Development and the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the SouthWest region – along with staff and volunteers from across six states – to develop and execute an internal and External Communications strategy for the Executive Vice President. This includes developing and driving a comprehensive communication plan for the EVP that aligns with the region’s priorities. Tasks include writing speeches and developing high-quality materials for presentations, creating volunteer updates and correspondence, driving content for internal platforms including live broadcasts for staff and volunteers, creating a compelling Social Media presence for the EVP, and cultivating an archive of materials to support these communications efforts. The Director of Executive Communications must be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, as well as a visual communicator, a collaborator, a source of creative ideas, knowledgeable of the external business and social media landscape. This role requires an expert in multi-tasking, a proactive master at planning who is deadline-oriented and extremely organized. This role must be located within the SouthWest region and preferably in Dallas/Irving, TX.


  • Create correspondence for the Executive Vice President to steward and cultivate internal and external audiences, including volunteers, donors and staff members
  • Design visual depictions of the current state of the business for the appropriate senior level audiences
  • Develop strategy, research content and draft speaking points for EVP presentations, appearances and meetings, as well as creating custom supporting documents (e.g., handouts, PowerPoint slides)
  • Maintain calendar of EVP speaking engagements and appearances and provide all preparation needed in a timely manner
  • Work alongside the SVP of Development in the planning, development and execution of large projects, initiatives, and events. Examples include annual awards program for regional staff, nomination of regional staff for national awards and recognition, management retreats and conferences, etc.
  • Proactively keep the EVP and SVP of Development abreast of new trends and top stories in the marketplace that are of interest to our business priorities
  • Develop content for monthly staff newsletter
  • Develop regular EVP podcast and videos
  • Cultivate and maintain a compelling social media presence for the EVP
  • Work alongside the VP of Leadership Engagement to create region board meeting agendas, presentations and external communications to board leadership
  • Manage Executive Vice President’s internal web page
  • Develop and execute an innovative year-round communication plan
  • Establish credibility and trust with staff across the region to facilitate access to accurate information
  • This position requires ability to travel overnight approximately 10-15% of the time
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications or related field
  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ experience with significant communications and/or writing responsibilities
  • Speech and script writing experience
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong skills in visual storytelling using PowerPoint and other Graphic Design tools
  • Experience working with seniorlevel executives
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high volume work environment
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Proficiency with social media and online/web communications
  • Experience with basic video editing (Windows MovieMaker/iMovie) preferred
  • Multi-tasking ability and the proven ability to meet deadlines on a consistent basis
  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision
  • Project Management skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with all levels of American Heart Association staff, volunteers and the public
  • Willingness and proven ability to work in an atmosphere requiring flexibility and change
(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)


Attracting hardworking, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with creative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center. This position is eligible for our full benefits and retirement packages, generous PTO accrual, paid holidays in addition to the week of December 25th off! While we can only contact applicants, who are most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

  EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-TX-Austin Posted Date 2 hours ago (4/15/2021 9:23 AM) Requisition ID 2021-6844 Job Family Group Marketing & Communications Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations Location: Austin, TX American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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