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Assistant Communications Director, Programs & Partnerships

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
California, United States
$110,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Jul 7, 2023

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, in partnership with Stanford Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, unlocks philanthropy to transform health for children and families in Northern California – and around the world.  The Foundation empowers passionate donors and grantees to drive scientific research, innovation, and policy that will improve care, advance cures, and reform healthcare systems for this and future generations.


The Assistant Communications Director, reporting to the Executive Director, will conceptualize and execute all communications activities to elevate the work of the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program and its grantees and partners. This work includes developing print and digital products, as well as planning virtual events and convenings. In addition, the Assistant Communications Director will provide strategic direction and generate content for both the CSHCN newsletter and web pages. This role will also serve as a key liaison to the Foundation’s strategic communications content team to ensure the priorities and impact of the CSHCN program are featured in foundation-wide internal and external messaging. 


This is a hybrid position, with the expectation of working in the office or in-person whenever needed and on an average of 4 days per month. The Foundation has a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new employees must submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at the time their employment commences. Alternatively, prior to commencing employment, new employees may request approval for an accommodation for an exemption to the policy as permitted by law.




  • Lead and manage communications projects, representing a range of complexity, from conception through execution
  • Create a multi-year and annual communications plan that is aligned with and in support of our grantmaking efforts, grantee deliverables, and other related work, including recommendations for how to talk about our work, how to tailor for target audiences, and which audience(s) might be interested in specific work
  • Lead efforts to reimagine the CSHCN newsletter to best serve our audiences and promote awareness of research and advances supported by our program and our partners
  • Create, write, and/or edit engaging content and materials for the website, newsletter, and press releases
  • Proactively recommend new ways to promote content and products developed by the Foundation and grantees, and seek out new opportunities and audiences
  • Prepare program committee and board materials such as talking points, decks, and summaries, as well as content to keep the committee and board engaged and informed between meetings
  • Serve as the liaison with the strategic communications team to advise on and inform all internal and external communications to ensure the CSHCN program’s priorities and impact are elevated as appropriate
  • Develop, manage, and monitor communications products, events (e.g. webinars, convenings, and conferences), and processes related to grantees, partners, key stakeholders, public officials, media, and other targeted audiences
  • Develop strong relationships and coordinate efforts with the communications teams at grantee organizations; edit grantee content as needed
  • Create communication materials and opportunities that position CSHCN staff members as thought leaders
  • Ensure monitoring and regular evaluation of the use and impact of the program’s various engagement and communication activities
  • Monitor forums, social media, and other sites whose activities can inform the work of the Foundation
  • Ensure integration of the CSHCN program in the Foundation’s health equity strategy and messaging



NOTE: We are a dynamic organization in a rapidly changing industry. Therefore, the responsibilities associated with this position will change from time to time in accordance with LPFCH's business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set forth above.




·       Education: BA/BS or equivalent experience ·       5-8 years of experience in Communications, Marketing, and/or Project Management ·       Excellent storytelling, writing, proofreading, and organizational skills


Strongly Preferred:

·       Experience and/or education in health sciences or science writing ·       Strategic Communications experience in a non-profit organization



Competencies the Assistant Communications Director must possess:


  • Creative, Innovative, and Focused:
    • A skillful communicator who can establish a strong narrative arc and write succinct and compelling content
  • Results-oriented, Quality-oriented, and Persistence to Follow-Through:
    • A productive executor, who can deliver a high volume of quality products
  • Influencing, Collaboration, and Interpersonal Effectiveness:
    • A effective project manager who can successfully collaborate with and influence colleagues and stakeholders to achieve project deliverables in a professional and amicable manner
  • Big picture thinker, Strategic, and Mission focused
    • A communications leader with a bird’s-eye perspective who can develop plans and action steps that ensure an unwavering focus on the program mission and priorities



We know that building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to our success and enables us to do extraordinary work for kids and their families. When you become part of our team, you’ll be joining a group of passionate and dedicated individuals who truly care about and believe in the work they do.

We provide competitive compensation and a wide range of benefits designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. We are strong supporters of work life balance.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer.


Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

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