Assistant Director of Communications

  • Full-time

Company Description


EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in EDC’s commitment to respect the dignity of each individual. EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives.

Job Description

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention, based at EDC. The Action Alliance brings together senior executives from government, business, and the non-profit sector to champion suicide prevention as a national priority and advance implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention through collaboration and innovation.

The Assistant Director of Communications has an opportunity to advance cause-oriented efforts, working with a passion-filled team, which includes working alongside some of the nation’s most influential leaders. This new position provides an exciting chance for a dedicated and talented communications professional to learn, contribute, and lead.

You will:

  • Inform and lead a national, mission-filled, multi-channel communications strategy
  • Liaise with some of the nation’s most esteemed and influential public and private sector leaders
  • Lead efforts in growing and advancing the Action Alliance’s national footprint
  • Identify and implement innovative and exciting digital and communications strategies
  • Be part in growing and strengthening the way the nation talks about and views suicide prevention
  • Generates creative content and identifying unique ways to disseminate it to our audience(s) that helps to meet our organizational goals



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training & experience in a related field
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & experience preferred

Other skills/experience:

  • Strong written and communications skills
  • Interest and expertise in the field of communications, marketing and/or public health
  • A motivated self-starter with a confidence and curiosity to take initiative  
  • Keen excitement to work in a fast-paced and yet team-oriented environment
  • Strong project manager with exceptional eye for detail
  • Innovative and creative thinker willing to contribute to and lead project plans and multi-pronged communication strategies

Preferred education and skills/experience:

  • Background in or experience with strategic communications, marketing, media and/or public health
  • Experience leading media relations, digital, and marketing strategies and tracking metrics and progress
  • Experience and confidence working with senior level leaders and/or building consensus
  • Experience in supervising, leading, and providing mentorship to junior members of a team
  • Experience in project management and keen sense of attention to detail
  • Experience in storytelling and expertise in writing for various platforms and channels

Additional Information


EDC offers the following comprehensive benefits package for all eligible employees:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation benefits for full- and part-time employees
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition and transportation reimbursement
  • Robust retirement plan with TIAA/CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund)
  • Paid sick time and up to 16 hours of personal time annually
  • Parental leave
  • Employee assistance program

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of approximately $66,000 to $90,000. Salary offers are made based on market analysis and internal equity.