Senior Communication Associate, Health and Racial Equity

Brief Overview:

We are seeking motivated, self-starting individual to play a key role in advancing HRiA’s health and racial equity work through effective communications and storytelling.

Position Description:

This is an opportunity to put one’s skill set, creativity, and commitment to equity into practice, supporting HRiA’s client-based equity work and collaborating to further build out and communicate HRiA’s internal initiatives to achieve equity. Candidates may come with a communication background and experience and training in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, or with a background in equity work and an aptitude for communication strategy. The candidate will be part of a growing communication team embedded within HRiA’s newly formed, cross-disciplinary Health and Racial Equity Cluster to advance actionable, bold, equity-centered solutions that promote community health and flourishing.

The Senior Communication Associate will work with cross-disciplinary teams on projects and HRiA initiatives to develop and implement communication strategies and tactics in support of overarching project/initiative goals. Candidates should be creative communicators facile with multiple platforms and media channels (traditional media, digital media, emerging media), skilled in assessing and identifying communication gaps and opportunities, and able to envision and execute communication plans to advance equity.

This is an exempt, full-time position. The salary range for this position is in the low 70k’s to the mid 80k’s, dependent on experience and skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities below provide an overview of expectations for this role.

Project Work

  • Provide effective communication strategies and content creation to HRiA’s cross-organizational Health Equity in Action team, which is charged with overseeing HRiA’s strategic plan to advance health and racial equity internally within its organizational culture, policies and practices, and externally in its work, partnerships, and approaches.
  • Serve as communication lead on client-based projects with an equity and racial justice focus, developing and implementing communication plans in support of project goals on topics such as stable housing, asthma, and pandemic response and recovery, among others.
  • Collaboratively lead and/or provide support in all aspects of communication projects, including planning, formative research (qualitative and quantitative), creative development, implementation and production (including web and digital strategies), and evaluation.
  • Provide communication support to external partners, which may include social media training, content creation, storytelling, and other forms of capacity building assistance.


  • Consult and partner with and help to build capacity among HRiA staff, clients, and partners in effective communication strategies to advance equity.

Thought Leadership

  • Contribute to the growth and development of the communication team and of the Health and Racial Equity Cluster (in which the communication team sits).
  • Increase organizational understanding of and commitment to health equity, including racial equity, and addressing social determinants of health.
  • Offer ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees.
  • Maintain and advance knowledge and skills in project management, health communication, health and racial equity, and related content areas.
  • Identify and uplift key themes, needs, and challenges across project work and translate into blogs, website content, and other communications efforts to share and promote organizational approaches, expertise, and learning, as appropriate or needed.

New Business Development

  • Contribute to proposal writing and other new business development activities, such as developing concepts, scopes of work, and budgets, as appropriate or needed.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in communication, health communication, marketing, journalism social work, community planning/organizing, or related field, plus 5+ years’ experience working in nonprofit, public health, social justice, or other relevant sectors; or 8+ years’ relevant work experience
  • Deep personal and professional commitment to advancing health and racial equity
  • Well-versed in health and racial equity frameworks/principles and ability to apply principles to project work to address and advance equity
  • Experience in community engagement, qualitative research (interviews, focus groups), or other facilitative processes
  • Strategic and creative thinker able to identify communication needs and opportunities in support of overall project goals
  • Skilled in communication planning, development, and implementation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong eye for design
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining attention to detail
  • Knowledge of or aptitude in digital platforms including social media, web design platforms, and website content management systems is preferred
  • Experience working with clients, stakeholders, and/or consultants a plus
  • Bilingual/bi-cultural a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; proficiency in or capability of learning new software (such as Zoom and other collaboration software)
  • Ability to work virtually with a strong and stable internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Ability to travel occasionally to Boston office and to project locations around the U.S. as needed (in accordance with HRiA COVID safety protocols)

HRiA’s office has partially reopened in a “hybrid model,” enabling locally-based HRiA employees the option to work remotely and/or in the office. Staff can flex their schedules to accommodate different time zones, client schedules and personal needs. 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 their 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 work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent 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, cover letter, and salary requirements online.

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