Job Req ID:  110430

Communications Specialist

The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) is the leading organization at the forefront of planetary health, a new, rapidly growing global field and social movement focused on understanding the human health impacts of our disruption and transformation of Earth's natural systems and the solutions necessary to address these challenges. Never before has humanity's footprint on the natural world been so large or so threatening to human health and well-being. The PHA is a growing global consortium of over 270 institutions in more than 60 countries, plus 1,400+ individual members, advancing planetary health understanding by convening experts; creating, gathering, and distributing educational materials; and curating, synthesizing, and disseminating evidence to inform and activate the planetary health community and the broader society.

The PHA seeks an experienced and motivated Communications Specialist to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the PHA. The Communications Specialist will be adept at building and implementing impactful communications products in a fast-paced transdisciplinary environment spanning geographies and sectors, including academia, private sector, policy makers and the general public. The Communications Specialist will work closely with the PHA staff and selected advisors to develop a communications strategy and will provide communications support for all aspects of PHA’s programs. The Communications Specialist will report to the Senior Program Manager.

To learn more about the Planetary Health Alliance, please visit: 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Developing and maintaining the PHA brand, keeping an evolving assessment and awareness of trends and external landscapes.
  • Drafting and editing communications copy and material for internal and external audiences in accordance with PHA branding, strategy, policy, and guidelines; including but not limited to writing, graphics, video, and photography. Regularly liaising with team members and identified partners for reporting, content creation, and amplification.
  • Overseeing the development and creation of content including newsletters, social media posts, blog entries, news releases, presentations or other informational resources and materials.
  • Ensuring the highest quality of the PHA online presence including maintenance of its website and social media pages and profiles; implementation of timely updates reflecting current events, programs, initiatives, opportunities, and membership.
  • Facilitating online engagement and digital strategy across multiple platforms through monitoring and response.
  • Evaluating campaign and project performance and recommending adjustments through regular tracking and reporting of analytics, exposure, and activity.
  • Maintaining calendars and appointments and providing relevant administrative support, including for virtual and in-person events.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of the established principles and concepts within public relations, strategic communication, media relations, and digital strategy.
  • Knowledge of various social media platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Proficiency with design and video editing software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and/or Canva.
  • Previous work with international organizations and audiences.
  • Knowledge, experience and/or interest and deep curiosity in the area of global environmental change and/or public health as it relates to Planetary Health.
  • Experience with academic and journalistic writing, including use of Associated Press style.
  • Utilization of accessible design principles and familiarity creating for multicultural, multilingual audiences.
  • Proficiency with communications software such as Mailchimp, Buffer, website CMS.
  • Proficiency with office management software such as Google Suite, Zoom, Click-Up, Microsoft Office.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Organizational skills and the aptitude to multitask in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects.
  • Creative and innovative self-starter.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and works collaboratively across disciplines, cultures, and geographies.
  • Keen attention to detail and deadlines.

Please Note: Applicants must submit both a resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will also be required to submit a portfolio including a writing sample – details to be discussed in the interview process.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related field.
  • Two years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.



Classified Title: Communications Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB  
Starting Salary Range: Min $45,700 - Max $80,000 Annually ($61,600 budgeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/District of Columbia 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Environmental Health and Engineering  
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law: