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Director of Communications

About the Role

Foundation Overview:

The Max Foundation is a non-profit global health organization that believes in a world where all people are able to access high impact medicines, where geography is not destiny, and where everyone can strive for health with dignity and with hope. We exist to accelerate health equity. We do this by delivering medication, technology, and services to patients facing cancer and other critical illnesses, focusing our energy on those who no one else is helping. We carry out our work with team members based in Seattle at our global headquarters and local team members based in several targeted low- and middle-income countries. The Max Foundation has a full range of programs and services, all focused on serving marginalized people living with cancer and other critical illnesses around the world. Learn more about The Max Foundation:

Role Summary:

The Director of Communications will report to the VP of Communications and will be accountable for creating and implementing operational plans for all facets of our communications strategy to support our organizational mission to accelerate health equity. The Director of Communications will be responsible for providing day-to-day management and direction, contributing to strategic plans, and operational excellence for all Communications initiatives. The Director of Communications will serve as a key decision-maker for the Communications department and collaborate closely with colleagues across the organization to elevate Max stories for all audiences.


Creates and directs implementation of communications initiatives that successfully define and promote the foundation and its mission
Leads and coordinates internal and external resources to implement communications initiatives
Manages freelance/agency resources and/or writes newsletters, brochures, press releases, and other communications and media materials items
Oversees the foundation website and social media strategy including audience targeting, content strategy, and search engine optimization
Engages with media, external partners, physician experts and other important stakeholders to educate, influence and drive interest in the organization’s mission
Performs complex and strategically critical assignments in their functional area such as issue management guidance and communications counsel for leadership
Makes decisions that impact the organization at large, consults with executives on all high risk/ high impact decisions
Works with key decision makers on issues that shape broad design matter and future process improvements
Collaborates with team-members across the organization to deeply understand organizational operations and shares expertise to shape broad design matters and future process improvements
Contributes to strategic changes with organization-wide impact, recognized internally as a leading expert in their field
Owns the budget planning process for the Communications functional area
Manages entry and mid-level team-members, and oversees the work of consultants
Builds influential relationships with The Max Foundation partners and has built a network of people in peer organizations


Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s or relevant certification preferred
10+ years of professional experience in healthcare communications required; non-profit and/or global health experience a plus
Experience in managing campaigns and initiatives with earned media, social media, and collateral elements
Quick learner with a proven ability to adapt in all environments
Advanced project management skills and ability to navigate in a fast-paced environment with a solid track-record of following through on commitments
Agile thinker with excellent analytical skills and proven ability to make thoughtful decisions & critical decisions
Experience working in a global and multicultural capacity across time zones and among diverse team
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills; written and verbal fluency in French, Spanish, or another language, a plus
Willing and able to travel domestically or internationally, on occasion

Skills and Attributes:

High attention to detail and a high standard for quality work products
Passion for superior customer service and flexibility to do what it takes to ensure customer satisfaction
Comfort working in a periodic high-paced and high-workload environment
Ability to manage a full email inbox and respond to emails in a timely manner
Mission driven, enthusiastic, dependable, positive, self-starting


We offer compensation commensurate with experience. No relocation provided.

To Apply: Visit our website at to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter.

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