Jackson County Health Department: Communications Specialist

Jackson County Health Department: Communications Specialist

20:58 13 June in KC IABC Blog, KC/IABC Job Bank for Members

The Jackson County Health Department seeks candidates for a full-time Communications Specialist. The Specialist will support the department’s ongoing initiatives and operations through extensive communications, graphical design, and marketing support. This position will also design and implement risk communications strategies in response to and in preparation for major public health events, disasters, and matters of urgency. Optimal candidates will also have experience creating content for and managing effective social media platforms as a mechanism to advance the department’s brand.

Develops, implements, and evaluates an annual, data-driven strategic communications plan for the health department. Submits communication and marketing strategies to the Division Manager for approval and implementation.

Serves as the backup communications spokesperson and Public Information Officer for the health department. Develops positive working relationships with the media and health outlets in an effort to increase awareness of health topics, programs, and goals.

Develops impactful digital content (social media, online video, graphics, podcasts, etc.) as well as demonstrates strong capacity in using digital tools to maximize the impact and reach of health department online content across social media and related marketing channels.

Serves as lead on coordinating risk communications and developing risk communication strategy in response to and in preparation for major public health events, disasters, and matters of urgency.

Plans, develops, and implements the creation of the health department’s print and electronic materials, including brochures, fact sheets, research reports, presentations, proposals, posters, e-mail campaigns, news releases, and public service announcements.

Develops and implements strategies to grow and evaluate the JACOHD brand online and offline.

Provides assistance to JACOHD’s programs to plan community outreach, public education, and marketing strategies.

Evaluates JACOHD communications to ensure the cultural and linguistic needs of the intended audience are met.

Explores grant opportunities to fund innovative social marketing and health communications work.

Participates in agency-related projects and special events as assigned.

Partners with organizations and online partners to develop effective and cost-efficient opportunities for message planning, research, message development, and message delivery.

Prepares detailed reports and work plans as assigned.

Participates in JACOHD strategic planning and community health improvement processes.

Reports for special assigned duties during a public health emergency, if applicable.

Maintains strict confidentiality; adheres to all HIPAA guidelines/regulations

Promotes quality improvement, staff and patient safety, and cultural diversity through department operations and by personal performance.

Presents a courteous and helpful demeanor, appropriate for ages, to all patients, visitors, other TMC employees/medical staff members, or any other person an employee encounters while representing TMC.

Maintains current knowledge related to applicable statues, regulations, guidelines and standards necessary to perform job duties in accordance with the requirements of the Corporate Compliance Plan. Complies with the requirements of the Code of Conduct, Corporate Compliance Plan and Compliance Policies and Procedures, including training requirements. Participates in compliance activities under the direction of the Department Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and one to two years’ experience in communications, marketing, or closely related field.

How to Apply 

Visit our careers page at http://jacohd.org/contact/careers for more information about the position and to apply!

Kerry O'Connor

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