Head of Environmental Health Communications, Singapore
Vital Strategies (VS), based in New York City, is an international public health organization. We develop and oversee programs to strengthen public health systems and address leading causes of morbidity and mortality, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities. Our specific programs include road safety, obesity prevention, tobacco control, and activities to strengthen public health data systems and the use of public health data to guide policy and decision making. Activities are based in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Head of Environmental Health Communications based in Singapore. Applicants must possess or be eligible for a valid work permit for Singapore.
The candidate will spend two-thirds of his/her time leading the global communications for the Environmental Health division, including the management of air pollution and related environmental health advocacy communication campaigns. The other third of his/her time will be spent on strategically developing the brand presence of Vital Strategies in the region and contributing to the overall organizational marketing and promotion efforts. The Head of Communications will work with a world-class team of environmental health and communication experts with a culture of supportive teamwork, rigorous evaluation, innovation and good humor.
S/he will lead a team of communications specialists and develop strategies, using earned media, paid and social media, to shape public opinion around air pollution in Southeast Asia. S/he will be responsible for developing and overseeing research activity to assess public perceptions and beliefs about air pollution and its sources, and use those findings to formulate campaigns that raise awareness, concern and promote knowledge and belief that air quality can be improved through governmental action. Working through in-country officers and NGO partners, technical experts and managing external agencies, s/he will launch, manage and evaluate focused campaigns. S/he will also be an integral part of Vital Strategies’ Singapore-based team, growing the Vital Strategies brand presence in Asia by developing regional narratives, pitching senior spokespeople to media and striking up strategic communications-driven partnerships.
The ideal candidate will be a writer who can craft sharp, public messages from technical source material and think creatively about how we can capture the attention of journalists, policy makers and the public to advance health-based program and policy initiatives to improve air quality, reduce exposure to toxins, and advance climate change agendas. S/he can juggle multiple priorities and has terrific judgment, pulling in other team members and expertise from the larger team as required. Some regional and international travel will be required.