Associate/Senior Associate Director of Communications

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting for an Associate or Senior Associate Director of Communications.

Associate/Senior Associate Director of Communications, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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Job Description Summary

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn LDI) is a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving health and health care by catalyzing collaborative, multidisciplinary research that influences policy and practice. Penn LDI supports over 400 faculty from across all of Penn’s schools, connecting them and amplifying their research. LDI also hosts public seminars and conferences with leading national health care experts, discussing the most pressing topics in health care. Penn LDI is powered by a team of dedicated staff who are committed to creating impact through better health policy and health care, and we are currently looking for an experienced communications colleague to join our team.

Job Description

The Associate/Senior Associate Director of Communications is charged with leading the implementation and oversight of the communications strategy for Penn LDI to elevate the profile of the Institute to audiences internal and external to Penn with the goal of enhancing the reach, impact, and reputation of Penn LDI and its Fellows among researchers and policy makers.

This posting is for one job opening and the title of the final candidate will be determined based on their qualifications and experience.


The Associate Director of Communications is responsible for overseeing the design and content of the Penn LDI website and supervising all content for the website and other media channels, including social media, newsletters, presentations, promotional items, and annual reports for key stakeholders. The Associate Director creates all communications-related and branding guidelines that are utilized Institute-wide and ensures that Penn LDI staff are adhering to these guidelines as well as best practices for user experience, writing for the web, and email marketing. For Penn LDI events and projects, this position develops and implements communications plans for both external and internal audiences and liaises directly with contract graphic designers and Penn LDI’s web developer to ensure high-quality, visually-appealing output. The Associate Director builds and maintains productive working relationships with communications colleagues, vendors, and consultants and builds strategic relationships and engages regularly with members of the media. This position also manages the quality and progress of the Communications Coordinator’s day-to-day work.

The Senior Associate Director of Communications expands on the duties above by directing and refining Penn LDI’s comprehensive short- and long-term communications strategy. Drawing from a broad understanding of the communications field and Penn LDI’s peer institutions, the Senior Associate Director continuously monitors current communications trends and benchmarks and ensures that Penn LDI is maximizing its impact via all of its communications channels. This position grows Penn LDI’s audiences by identifying and developing innovative formats, amplifies Penn LDI’s activities via new and varied outlets, and runs targeted communications campaigns. The Senior Associate Director utilizes analytics data to continually improve LDI’s communications performance and to optimize and professionalize Penn LDI’s messaging. This position directly supervises the Penn LDI Communications Coordinator and performs all HR functions related to that position.


Bachelor’s degree in communication (or related field) and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred. A proven track record of detail-oriented work in communications is required. Experience with graphic design, data visualization and/or illustration is strongly preferred.

Senior Associate Director of Communications:
Bachelor’s Degree in communication (or related field) and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred. A proven record of strategic planning and successful audience growth in a prior position is required. Demonstration of intermediate to advanced skills in graphic design, data visualization, and/or illustration is strongly preferred.

Both Levels:
Educational background and/or professional experience in a non-profit organization or in health care or policy is strongly preferred. Previous experience working with website development and multimedia communication systems required. Specifically, proficiency in WordPress, social media platforms (including Twitter), project management software, email marketing systems, Photoshop, and analytics reporting is required.

The Associate/Senior Associate Director of Communications must be detail oriented, excel at problem solving, have strong writing and copyediting skills, excel at multi-tasking, and be a self-starter with a results orientation. This position will interact with a variety of faculty members, staff, and students throughout the University and individuals outside the University, so strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. The Associate/Senior Associate Director of Communications should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Position is contingent on funding.

Pay Range: $61,046.00 - $95,972.00

Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

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Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

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Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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