Position Description

Location United States
Department Other Programs Policy, Advocacy, and Communication
# 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 communication, 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 primarily based in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly 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. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

The Position 

Vital Strategies is looking for a full-time writer to support its wide portfolio of work. Reporting to a senior manager in the Policy, Advocacy and Communication (PAC) division, the writer and content strategist will support our internal, executive and corporate communication work.  

With strong relationships across the organization, the writer will develop original stories and curate existing materials, including creating and managing regular communication from our CEO, executing our weekly staff newsletter, thoughtfully developing content for our website, actively managing our home page content, and working with our digital team to bring that content into extended social channels. Lastly, the writer and content strategist will work in an integrated way with our editorial, public relations, digital and design teams to bring stellar writing, messaging, strategy and editing to a wide variety of external content. The writer and content strategist will be supported by an excellent team of peers with design, editorial, digital, social marketing and public relations experience. 

The successful candidate will have impeccable writing skills, strong news judgement, and the ability to adapt tone and voice for various channels and audiences. They will have a strategic sense of creating a wide variety of materials that reflect the vision of our CEO, our executive team and the global impact of our work. 


Specific Duties  

  • Create external and internal communication for our executive team, including talking points, speeches and regular internal communication for the president and CEO. 
  • With a focus on storytelling, write clear, compelling content about Vital Strategies’ program activities for the web, weekly newsletters, opinion pieces and features, as well as annual and other reports, video/audio scripts, policy briefs and marketing materials. 
  • Bring thoughtful strategic thinking to how content may be repurposed into several areas of communication. 


Qualities and Qualifications 

  • 3-5 years of professional experience in writing and content development  
  • Experience applying insights from analytic tools to improve content performance 
  • Experience working in or on behalf of international settings, ideally low- and middle-income countries 
  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, humanities or other discipline that requires superior writing and analytical skills; a master’s degree would be a plus 
  • Public health, public policy, or social science knowledge and experience would be a plus

Desired Skills  

  • Exceptional writing skills 
  • Strong persuasion skills 
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to self-manage and deliver high-quality work on time  
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in another language a plus  


How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample(s). This position is open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  


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