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Communications Director

A Brief Overview

PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is seeking a Communications Director to join our Communications and Leadership Teams. PolicyLab is a research center within CHOP’s Research Institute that aims to achieve optimal health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research.

PolicyLab offers this exciting opportunity to impact the organization’s mission by setting and advancing its communications strategy, raising its visibility, promoting its research and supporting its policy agenda. In addition to working collaboratively with PolicyLab’s policy team and research leadership on strategies to advance the organization’s priorities, the Communications Director will manage a three-person team and provide direct support to PolicyLab faculty on translation and dissemination of their research and initiatives to internal and external audiences.  

The Communications Director position is ideal for a communication professional with a background in health and research translation, knowledge of media relations, experience with people management, interest in both strategy and execution, and a passion for health equity. A strong foundation in writing and the ability to work well on and across teams are keys to success in this role.

What you will do

  • Develops and implements the overall PolicyLab strategic communications agenda, including expanding the organization’s communications capabilities and strategizing on how to diversify content shared externally; managing the development of strategic communications plans related to research portfolios and high-profile research; and aligning communications goals and planning with policy and research priorities, working closely with the Health Policy Director and senior research leadership
  • Supervises a team of communications professionals who are responsible for executing strategic communications plans for disseminating research; managing vendor relationships; developing and implementing strategies to grow website visitors and increase engagement; creating editorial content, including blog posts, op-eds, and videos; partnering with policy and research teams on production of policy tools; managing external and internal email newsletters to deliver content to targeted audiences; executing PolicyLab’s social media strategy; developing and disseminating PolicyLab’s external and internal annual reports; and organizing and promoting an internal speaker series and other center-hosted events
  • Oversees PolicyLab’s public relations strategy, including media outreach, working closely with the CHOP Public Relations team when appropriate
  • Manages PolicyLab’s internal communications channels, ensuring all team members are informed on updates and center business

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Master's Degree in a related field Preferred

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong critical thinking / problem-solving skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to convey complex or technical information in an easy-to-understand manner
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change

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To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community. As a condition of employment, CHOP employees who work in patient care buildings or who have patient facing responsibilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive an annual influenza vaccine. Learn more.

Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons. Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.

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Student Employment Opportunities

PolicyLab’s fall/qinter internship enrollment is now closed.


At PolicyLab, recruiting and retaining a diverse group of team members who bring fresh insights from all backgrounds to the research, administrative, communications and policy work that we do is fundamental to our mission. We are committed to creating an environment that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve. As such, we welcome innovative minds from individuals across race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and marital status, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status or other protected classifications.

PolicyLab aims to provide every team member with opportunities that allow their voices to be heard as this exemplifies our core belief in the power of diverse thinking to influence the policies, protocols and practices that define our workplace and improve the lives of children and families. We strive for a productive, fulfilling workplace and personal growth opportunities for all staff and believe an inclusive environment is central to this goal.