Manager, Communications – Mental Health First Aid

The National Council for Behavioral Health Washington, DC

About the Job


The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 members, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality mental health and addictions care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council operates Mental Health First Aid USA – a training program that teaches people how to recognize and respond to mental health substance use challenges and crises. So far, more than 1 million people have been trained.


Position Summary:


The Manager, Communications for Mental Health First Aid USA supports the marketing, communications and strategic development work of the National Council’s public education portfolio and is responsible for the success of projects as assigned, including:


  • Planning, developing, and implementing integrated marketing/communications strategies, creative designs and marketing collateral

  • Researching and analyzing data to help inform marketing and communications strategies

  • Managing production of creative projects, such as ads, infographics, videos, flyers and other collateral

  • Gathering and developing stories for use in marketing efforts and in media efforts

  • Writing and editing blogs, marketing emails, one-pagers and other written materials

  • Media relations, including crafting press releases, media advisories, media lists and pitches

  • Social media and community engagement




  • Bachelors’ Degree in Communications, Advertising, Journalism, English or related field

  • At least 4 years’ communications experience in complex settings; strategic health care and/or nonprofit communications experience preferred

  • Functional proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Premiere, Photoshop)

  • High level of expertise in writing, collateral development and management; project management expertise preferred

  • Exceptional [JB1] organizational skills

  • Experience with website technologies; WordPress preferred

  • Experience with e-blast technologies

  • High level proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Ability to contribute to a strong team-based environment

  • Results-oriented with a high attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment

  • Ability to travel, approximately 5 percent