Position Description

Writer, STOP
Location United States
Department STOP Watchdog
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, 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 illness, injury and death, providing expertise in project implementation and management, strategic communications, epidemiology and surveillance, and other core public health capacities. Our specific programs include, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, 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 offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

Vital Strategies is looking for a senior writer to expose how the tobacco industry is undermining public health around the world. The senior writer will be dedicated to Vital Strategies’ work with STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products), a global industry watchdog.

STOP exposes the tobacco industry’s unethical business practices, attempts to undermine tobacco control, work to derail policy, and efforts to hook a new generation of smokers. STOP is a three-year partnership that includes robust monitoring, research, reporting and communication.

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, STOP is comprised of four constituent partners, each offering a unique set of capabilities to the initiative. Vital Strategies’ role within the partnership is to ensure that the watchdog’s research and activities are widely disseminated and used by stakeholders such as journalists, national policymakers and the global tobacco control community.

The Senior Writer will ensure that content developed by STOP is easily understood. He/She/They will write for different audiences, adjusting style, voice and level of complexity as needed. The Senior Writer will revise material provided by experts and produce new, easily digestible material based off technical copy. Reporting to the Director of STOP, and embedded within Vital’s editorial team, he/she/they will ensure content is written along STOP brand guidelines and to approved style (AP).

Main Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Produce persuasive short, medium and long-form material based on research and technical material from partners and stakeholders
  • Copy edit and proofread materials such as issue briefs, policy briefs, fact sheets, blogs, research summaries and reports
  • Collaborate with domain experts to ensure technical accuracy
  • Ensure all written materials are in AP style
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly and annual reports regarding campaign progress
  • Perform other duties as needed


  • 7 years of experience writing as a journalist or editor
  • Experience writing about controversial public policy issues, particularly health or health care
  • Demonstrated experience writing for multiple audiences of varying technical expertise
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, English or related discipline

Desired Skills

  • Absolute mastery of English grammar; fluency in another language a plus
  • Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work fast, meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across time zones and platforms  
  • Extremely well-organized
  • Ability to synthesize technical materials into simple language
  • Attentive to details
  • Experience using citation software
  • Diplomacy 
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