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American Heart Association Sr. Advocacy Communications Lead, Food is Medicine in Dallas, Texas


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Advocacy Communications Lead, Food is Medicine . The location for this position is remote .

This is a full-time, grant-funded position. Funding set to end 5/31/2026 but will likely extend.

Under the direction of the National Vice President of Advocacy Communications and the National Executive Director, Food Is Medicine, the incumbent will be charged with developing and executing the marketing communications strategy of the American Heart Association’s Food Is Medicine Initiative. This national initiative will provide the large-scale clinical evidence required to help identify, support and implement the most viable Food Is Medicine strategies by ensuring they are included in covered benefits through public and private insurance.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity, equity & inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and at


  • Leads the development and implementation of integrated, strategic marketing communications plans supporting the American Heart Association’s Food Is Medicine Initiative through message and materials development, traditional and social media, events, thought leadership, stakeholder engagement and other methods to position the Initiative and its dedicated website as a leading source of research, advocacy and information about Food Is Medicine.

  • Collaborates with internal teams including Science and Medicine, Mission Advancement, Advocacy and Marketing Communications to implement the Initiative.

  • Produces news releases, media pitches, digital content, multi-media assets and other communications materials/activations to promote the Food Is Medicine Initiative among researchers, policymakers, stakeholders and the public. Monitors the traditional and social media landscape to ensure the Association is positioned to respond appropriately to news and trends related to the science, policy and practice of Food Is Medicine.

  • Provides marketing communications support for the issuance of research RFPs, the publication of research studies, public policy efforts at the federal and state levels, the drafting and dissemination of reports and updates about the Initiative’s progress and other key moments.

  • Builds relationships with external funders and stakeholders and collaborates to leverage opportunities to call attention to the importance of Food Is Medicine and elevate the visibility and profile of the Association and its efforts.

  • Plays a leading role in managing the work of external national consultants supporting marketing communications efforts.

  • Provides written and verbal updates and briefings to Association leadership, partners and funders, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Marketing, Nutrition, Political Science, Public Health, Public Relations or another applicable field

  • Eight (8) to twelve (12) years of relevant work experience

  • Professional experience in public relations, corporate communications, writing and/or journalism

  • Strong familiarity with food/nutrition programs and policy, including Food Is Medicine

  • Knowledge of media relations and familiarity with effective outreach methods to reporters, particularly those covering policy

  • Experience writing and editing news releases and communications materials including talking points/messaging, web content, social content, newsletter content, fact sheets and related materials

  • Project/grant management experience, including managing multiple projects concurrently

  • Experience translating scientific manuscripts and abstracts into accurate and compelling messaging for general audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines, while faced with competing demands and priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s in Nutrition, Public Health or similar OR Bachelors in Communications and 5+ years’ experience in nutrition, access to care or similar

  • Proven success developing newsworthy pitches to national, top-tier consumer media outlets

  • Proven success developing and implementing integrated, strategic marketing communications plans

  • Experience working in a matrix organization

  • Experience working with remote staff and teams

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (11/14/2023 5:29 PM)

Requisition ID 2023-11797

Job Category Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

Position Type Full Time

Location: TX-Dallas