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Communications Officer, Policy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Princeton, New Jersey

Date Posted: 10/15/2019

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our guiding principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.

RWJF is seeking a communications officer to join the Policy team. The communications officer is a professional staff member who is responsible for working to further the Foundation’s vision and objectives through the use of strategic communications. Core responsibilities include:

(1) working collaboratively with others to develop, implement and manage communications for and about the Foundation’s initiatives that advance progress toward a Culture of Health and achieving health equity;
(2) initiating, interpreting, and synthesizing communications, policy, and programmatic research to help the Foundation develop messaging that engages and activates audiences across political, ideological, and cultural perspectives; and
(3) leading teams of communications professionals, including external firms and contractors, who will help amplify the voice of the Foundation and our grantees by communicating about research, programs and outcomes to key stakeholders.

Working periodically from both our Washington, DC and Princeton, NJ offices, the communications officer will work closely with RWJF’s Communications, Program, Research Evaluation and Learning, and Policy Units to raise the Foundation’s profile and advance the Foundation’s policy and program objectives among policymakers across all levels of government. As with staff at all levels of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, communications officers are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to equity, to the Foundation’s mission and Guiding Principles.

Successful candidates will have five (5) years of demonstrated experience in communications— particularly communications that are directed at policy outcomes, preferably with an organization with various departments and a multidisciplinary staff, a combination of education and/or experience equivalent to an advanced degree (MA/MS), and three (3) or more years of relevant experience, preferably in the social change sector including non-profit or government sectors. Experience with or knowledge of philanthropy is desirable.

RWJF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Click here for more in-depth details on this opportunity, and to apply. Application deadline is October 27, 2019.

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