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University Assistant - CARE Communications Coordinator

Part time position: 19 hours/week; $18-24/hour (depending on experience)

General Purpose

The mission of CARE is to improve health in New Haven. CARE seeks to build bridges and share resources among Southern CT State University, the Yale School of Public Health, and the community to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Communications Coordinator is a one-year, externally funded, part-time position that will be responsible for providing health communication and marketing support. This position will be responsible for developing and disseminating clearly written, well-designed health communication materials for community partners in a variety of formats, such as community reports, web content, blogs, social media, promotional materials (posters, flyers), training materials, etc. This position supports communication activities for CARE, with a specific focus on grant-funded activities related to the CDC REACH project (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health). Responsibilities will also include writing reports to funders, grantwriting, and contributing to academic articles.


  • Support the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health communication campaigns that address public health goals and priorities.
  • Provides marketing and communications support in the development and implementation of printed and online publications, websites, presentations, and collateral materials.
  • Researches information within the CARE and New Haven communities to write and edit a broad range of materials including press releases, briefs, emails, community newsletters, community reports, web content, blogs, social media, promotional materials (posters, flyers), training materials, etc.
  • Writes culturally tailored materials that are suited for a general readership and more specifically the greater New Haven Community. This includes tailoring communication to different audiences (e.g., academic vs. public forums).
  • Develop content for posting on various digital media outlets, including ensuring consistency across communication channels.
  • Assists with the process of grant writing, reporting to funders and other partners, and academic articles.
  • Partners with staff, community organizations, and residents to develop effective and cost-efficient opportunities for message development and delivery.
  • Assists in the building and maintenance of effective relationships with radio, television and print media.
  • Maintains and organizes constituent lists. 
  • Assists with maintaining effective working relationships with partners, contractors, and stakeholders.
  • Attends internal and external meetings as requested.
  • Completes assigned deliverables, including required reports, within established timeframes.
  • Manages project work, as needed, including quality assurance and deliverable compliance.
  • Assists with other public relations activities and special projects, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills for print and online media.
  • Strong knowledge and interest in public health or community-based work.
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong understanding of communication theory and practices. High awareness of current events and trends in communications. Ability to evaluate and solve communications needs quickly.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to deadline amidst competing priorities. High level of anticipating needs, personal initiative and innovation.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team structure.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Strongly preferred: Bilingual in English/Spanish.

Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of a BA degree with three years of professional experience in the field of writing and communications. MA is preferred.
  • Proficiency with technical communications tools, such as content management systems, email messaging, video shooting and editing, Photoshop and HTML editing is highly desirable.
  • Experience with social media, digital journalism (e.g., video, audio blogging, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the academic environment.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume and portfolio to Alycia Santilli, Director of CARE, at no later than January 10, 2018.Portfolio should include 2 writing samples (no more than 10 pages each), 2 health communication materials, and at least 1 link to web content (i.e., website, social media page, etc.).