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Senior Director, Content Development and Communications

Location: Arlington, VA


Provide senior leadership to ASTHO’s capacity building and product development portfolio. Oversee and manage a broad range of communications, editorial, and publishing initiatives, including issue briefs, infographics, reports, newsletters, podcasts, videos, blogs, etc. Coordinates with ASTHO’s grant-funded public health program teams to develop products and inform the organization’s content strategy.

Principal Functions:

  • Lead ASTHO’s capacity building portfolio, working with ASTHO’s public health program teams, content strategy team, and others on coordination and execution of program team deliverables and products.
  • Provides strategic direction on all editorial and design products.
  • Co-lead weekly content planning meetings with senior director of public relations, ensuring seamless transitions from product development to product promotion by the public relations team.
  • Work collaboratively with ASTHO finance team, content development, and public relations to ensure budgeting is aligned with products and services provided by communications team.
  • Lead ASTHO’s editorial and design functions, ensuring high-quality, visually appealing products and content.
  • Collaborate with ASTHO’s public relations team on promotion of ASTHO products.
  • Provides oversight on the development and design of public health materials and products, aligning with ASTHO’s capacity building framework.
  • Leads production and publishing of ASTHO’s Public Health Review Podcast, State Public Health Blog, videos, issue briefs, reports, written products, infographics, JPHMP journal submissions, etc.
  • Supports development of educational and meeting materials including microlearnings or training materials.
  • Lead ASTHO’s editorial review process; ensure timely copy editing, revising for grammar, style, and clarity for documents, reports, and publications; maintain ASTHO’s style guide and branding guidelines.
  • Manage ASTHO’s newsletters including content creation, dissemination, list growth and maintenance, and metrics.
  • Supports organizational content strategy and editorial calendar planning, working with senior leaders across teams to develop collaborative and efficient product workflows.
  • Manages and leads a team of communications professionals, including editors, content developers, and graphic designers.
  • Oversees ASTHO’s design work and enforce branding guidelines; oversee design products, working with external with graphic designers/public relations agencies/consultants, adhering to deadlines and budget.
  • Collaborates with cross-cutting teams and programmatic staff to ensure that the organization's internal and external communication strategy is aligned.
  • Ensures timely publishing of content.
  • Launches and supports ASTHO’s communications working group.
  • Trains and mentor’s staff; organizes brown bags on editorial, writing, or publishing topics.
  • Completes other duties, as assigned.


  • 7+ years of experience in communications, print and digital publishing, or writing/editing.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or related field; master’s degree in public health, communications/public relations, preferred.
  • 5+ years of management experience, preferred.
  • Experience leading communications or publishing team in fast-past environment.
  • Understands and stays up-to-date on industry trends.
  • Solutions-oriented mentality.
  • Knowledge of AP style, Adobe Creative Suite, Informz email distribution platform.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including professional presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, manage multiple priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent time management, writing, copyediting, grammar, and organizational skills.





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