Communications Manager, Consumer State Advocacy Project

Join an organization at the forefront of health advocacy across the nation.

Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization, has been giving consumers a voice in health care reform for more than a decade. We provide leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations that are working to guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for everyone. Our contributions, which range from policy analysis and strategic assistance to managing national campaigns, enable consumer groups to provide leadership in the hard work of transforming the U.S. health care system. Since 1997, in states and communities across the country, we have been a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and action in health care reform. 


The Communications Manager will be responsible for providing strategic communications counsel and support to a new Community Catalyst Project: the Consumer State Advocacy Project (CSA), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Consumer State Advocacy (CSA) project supports approximately 25 state and local project grantees on a variety of health care advocacy and health justice-oriented initiatives and campaigns. The CSA project - and Communications Manager - will work with these partners to uplift racial justice and/or anti-racism work in the context of their projects, as many project partners will be organizations of color, supporting Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino/a/e/X, Arab/Arab American, Southeast Asian, Asian, Asian Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Desi and/or immigrant communities. In addition to providing communications-specific technical assistance to these grantees, the Communications Manager will work with the project team to lead the initiative’s ‘National Wave’ communications strategy, elevating the work of many of the grantees in the pursuit of a federal policy objective.

This is a full time grant-funded position that will begin immediately and is funded through March 2023.


The CSA Communications Manager will be supervised by the Communications Director. However, the CSA Communications Manager will also work closely with the Co-Managers of the CSA project. 


· With support from the Director of Communications and project managers, lead development and implementation of all communications activity for the CSA project, including overarching strategy development, media relations, digital communications, communications structure and protocols, messaging and implementation plans.

· Serve as primary liaison to any PR agency/communications firm representatives supporting the work.

· Identify common themes from the work of the project’s grantees and identify issues that can be elevated nationally through a communications lens.

· Lead efforts to translate these themes to a national audience, including national and state media outlets, health care plans and other health stakeholders, the philanthropy sector, racial and social justice networks, and key opinion leaders.

· Work closely with the Director of Communications to develop and execute strategies around report releases, generating and pitching story ideas to the media, writing press releases, op-eds, statements and talking points, and triaging press calls.

· Work closely with project staff to devise and implement a digital strategy for the project, advise grantees on their digital strategies, and to develop fresh, compelling, and measurable web and social media content.

· Provide communications technical assistance to project grantees, including counsel on developing and executing communications strategies and tactics, production of communications materials, and proactive and rapid response message development. Provide training as needed.

· Work with staff to develop and write reports and communications products, including providing assistance in translating complex health policy materials for broader audiences.

· Provide support to Community Catalyst’s Communications department including trainings for staff or partners, content development, triaging press calls, and assistance with copyediting.

· Undertake related duties as assigned.



· Bachelors’ degree plus 3 years related work experience, Masters’ degree plus 2 years related work experience, or 5 years of relevant work experience

· Commitment to social and racial justice

· Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills, including journalism and/or public policy experience for lay audiences and policymakers

· Experience working with and pitching stories to national, state and/or local media outlets (print, radio, television, web-based)

· Experience leveraging digital communications and social media in communications campaigns and solid knowledge of social media platforms

· Experience providing assistance or other training in strategic communications to advocacy organizations.

· Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented and able to manage many tasks simultaneously

· Ability to respond to tight timelines


· Strong interest in and knowledge of health policy issues with health communications experience


· Salary Range: $55,167— $75,000

· Generous paid time off policy

· Robust benefits package

· In addition to a convenient downtown Boston location, Community Catalyst also has offices in Washington DC and St. Louis, MO. This position is ideally located at any of these three locations but we welcome discussion with candidates about other possible locations in the contiguous United States.


Applicants should submit a resume in Word document format with a one-page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Communications Manager, CSA” in the subject line.


Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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