Director, Communications, The HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a full-time Director of Communications who will provide strategic visioning, leadership, and oversight for the HAVI’s Communications Department and support its marketing portfolio to raise the visibility of the organization and advance the public discourse around violence as a public health issue that disproportionately impacts communities of color.

Position Description:

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention ( fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention/ prevention programs. Our vision is to build a system of healthcare that mobilizes hospitals and communities to end violence, together.

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in their design and scope. Essential components of HVIPs include a brief intervention to violently injured patients in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside and intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally specific Violence Prevention Professionals. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable, and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence. HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.

The network has grown to hundreds of individuals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, violence prevention professionals, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 49 member programs in the U.S., Canada, England, and El Salvador. Our goal is to support the growth of HVIPs throughout the United States. The HAVI is structured within 4 divisions: Capacity Building, Organizational Growth and Equity, Policy and Communications, and Communities of Practice.

HVIPs are one of a handful of evidence-informed practices that support cities reduce violence and scale trauma-informed care. The field has largely been fractured, and recent federal, state and local advocacy efforts have helped encourage collaboration and coordination across various approaches. This shift – from individual programs to integrated strategies – has led to an emergent concept of a community violence intervention ecosystem (CVI ecosystem).

The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA).

This is a newly expanded position at the HAVI. As our organization has grown, we are building our infrastructure to expand our reach and promote our mission, vision and values nationally.

The Director of Communications is a full-time position with a salary range between $130,000 – $140,000 based on skills and experience. The HAVI is a fully remote organization that is fiscally sponsored by HRiA. All HAVI staff who are fully vaccinated may work in HRiA’s Boston office as desired and/or conduct in-person work activities as necessary. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, depending on the location of the candidate.

HRiA offers strong benefits to its employees, including competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement plan, flexible summer hours, vacation starting at 4 weeks, 13 paid holidays, plus office closure time during the last week of December.

The Director will report to the Executive Director until a Managing Director of the Division is hired. Supervision will then be transferred to the Managing Director. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Develop a strategy and plan for the Communication Department at the HAVI and a vision for the new Center for Gun Violence Research and Education.
  • Collaboratively develop, implement, and lead the communications and marketing strategy.
  • Design, lead and oversee communications and marketing strategies to create awareness of HAVI and deliver messages to key stakeholders.
  • Ensure strategic alignment between communication and new business development.
  • Build relationships and coordinate communications and marketing activities with staff and partners.
  • Oversee the Communications team, including the supervision of 3 FTE staff and departmental activities such as budgeting, planning, and staff development.
  • Participate in the HAVI’s senior leadership/executive team.
  • Support branding and message consistency across the organization’s websites and communication activities.
  • Oversee projects including work planning and internal coordination with consultants and staff.
  • Identify opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency in communication systems and processes.
  • Monitor and analyze trends and metrics to inform communication/marketing strategy and activities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key members of the media.
  • Develop and execute communications plans for HAVI’s campaigns and events.
  • Lead crisis and rapid response communications planning in collaboration with staff who serve on the HAVI’s rapid response committee
  • Lead HAVI’s internal communications efforts across our diverse and growing remote workforce.

Project Work

Oversee all project work in the Communications Department, including:

  • Branding
    • Oversee the HAVI’s overall brand strategy and marketing efforts to ensure they effectively communicate the HAVI’s values, vision, and unique value proposition to its target audience.
  • Email marketing:
    • Oversee the HAVI’s monthly e-bulletin, audience segmentation, content development and analytics.
  • Social Media:
    • Oversee an editorial calendar and increase reach on social media channels.
  • Website:
    • Strategic oversight of websites and social media channels
  • Press Relations:
    • Develop a press strategy to raise the visibility of the HAVI as a key player in the field of community violence intervention and the leading national expert on hospital-based violence intervention.
  • Presentations/Toolkits:
    • Oversee and support program staff with the design of reports, toolkits, infographics, and/or pitch decks.
  • Executive Positioning:
    • Oversee, develop, and create content for speaking engagements, letters, social media, etc.
    • Position executive director as a leading national expert on public health approaches to violence prevention—including hospital-based violence intervention—with the media and other key stakeholders.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Thought Leadership

  • Conceptualize and develop HAVI-branded products (e.g., practice briefs, white papers, videos) in coordination with subject matter experts.
  • Oversee, write, and develop content for a variety of audiences, channels, and formats, such as blog posts, social media posts, and practice briefs.
  • Provide talking points and messaging support to staff in preparation for professional conferences and other high-visibility events.
  • Identify opportunities for the HAVI to increase our visibility on local and national level through new marketing channels, targeted audience segmentation, and strategic communication activities to also expand the reach of our thought leadership
  • Develop the HAVI’s brand voice and ensure brand integrity across all platforms.
  • Generate ideas for promotional events or activities and organize them efficiently.

Business Development

  • Cultivate and identify opportunities for strategic partnerships.
  • Develop strategies in collaboration with staff to identify new marketing opportunities to expand HAVI’s brand and reach
  • Develop and contribute to funding proposals as requested.

Special Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 10 years of experience in communication and management
  • Proven work experience as a Communications Director or similar role
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with communications technologies and platforms.
  • Skilled communicator who can craft effective and impactful messages.
  • Understand principles of copywriting, graphic design, layout, and publishing
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and social media marketing
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to adapt communications for different audiences.
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Deep commitment to and passion for the vision and mission of the HAVI

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Ability to manage and monitor multiple timelines and processes.
  • Ability to identify and anticipate staff needs based on workplans.
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and adapt to changing priorities.
  • High level of organization, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Strong attention to detail, able to synthesize new information quickly.
  • Respectful of cultural differences and values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team—leading when appropriate and open to feedback
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.
  • Ability to travel nationally as needed, at the HAVI’s expense.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.


How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally specific services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter online.

Please include in your cover letter experience (paid or unpaid) as it relates to this job description as well as any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. Resume and application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online by May 19, 2023. Please note that the interview process will consist of a minimum of two video interviews and the submission of relevant work samples or a written skills-based exercise. If accommodation is required, we welcome any request at any point in the application process.

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