Monday, May 21, 2012

Communications Coordinator, YMCA OF THE USA, Washington, DC

Communications Coordinator, YMCA OF THE USA, Washington, DC


The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the
communications efforts of the Health Innovation department and
coordinating with communications efforts of the Chicago-based Marketing
Communications team. This will involve executing strategies to increase
the visibility of the YMCA Movement; coordinating internal
communications to YUSA and the greater movement in order to advance the
goals of the Health Innovation department.

This position is funded by a grant and funding is available through
December 31, 2012.


• A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in the field of
Communications, Public Relations or Journalism
• A minimum of three years prior communications experience in a complex
public relations/national communications setting is required
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required
• Must have the ability to travel approximately 10% of the time
• Must possess experience in project management
• Proven experience in editing written material is required
• Knowledge and experience of strategic internal communications to a
large movement or membership based organization is preferred (i.e. use
of internet, extranet, magazines, newsletters, social media)
• Experience in health communications, government or non-profit public
affairs environments a plus
• Experience working with the media is preferred
• Must have the ability to work effectively in a team environment


• Values. Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of caring,
honesty, respect, and responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s
mission, in all matters at all times.
• Inclusion. Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an
active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion,
and cultural competence.
• Relationships. Builds authentic relationships in the service of
enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y's work.
• Communication. Listens and expresses self effectively and in a manner
that reflects a true understanding of the needs of the audience.
• Quality Results. Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to
achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.
• Change Capacity. Leads self and others through change by navigating
ambiguity appropriately and adapting well to new situations, obstacles,
and opportunities.
• Emotional Maturity. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills.
• Self Development. Is dedicated to the improvement of own capabilities
and demonstrates this through the continual expansion of knowledge and


• Provide support to the communications strategies of the Health
Innovation department
• Coordinate, develop and maintain content promoting Health Innovation
news, resources and tools to YMCA Movement, Y-USA staff and other
stakeholders via newsletter, intranet, social media sites and other
communications vehicles
• Write press releases, media advisories as needed
• Assist/support the media relations strategy of the Health Innovation
programs and projects. Research issues and prepare Issue Briefs, impact
documents, backgrounders, etc.
• Review, edit and proofread written materials as needed
• Translate data into narrative success stories and assist with
dissemination of those stories
• Manage online knowledge dissemination to ensure communication and
collaboration among staff and Ys.
• Manage production of printed materials related to Health Innovation


This position is essential to ensuring that communications from the
Health Innovation department remain timely and of a high quality.
Role will be located in Washington, DC

Please apply at

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