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Senior Associate

USA - Bethesda, MD
23 Apr

Senior Associate – Healthy Communities

Burness, a mission-driven communications firm committed to helping nonprofits advance social change worldwide, seeks a Senior Associate to help our team that is focused on creating healthier communities. The position is ideal for candidates with 7-10 years of experience in public relations or strategic communications. Excellent writing, digital media and project management skills and experience are a must. Ideally, the candidate has a broad understanding of the drivers of health in a community (policies and systems, education, transportation, housing, etc.)

This Senior Associate will interact regularly with individuals from a broad range of organizations whose work touches community development, housing, transportation, urban planning, rural health and the built environment. They will manage projects across a broad portfolio of work that includes multiple clients. Responsibilities will vary by project but will include strategy development and execution of communications tactics, including: media and social media outreach; coordination of design and data visualization efforts; writing press releases, op-eds and talking points; research; and project management.

We are looking for a leader—someone who can develop creative communications plans and then work with a team to implement them. Key requirements include:

• The ability to manage projects and client relationships

• An interest in community/urban planning & community development

• General understanding of health and wellness data and the ability to make research understandable to lay audiences

• Experience in garnering media interest and social media traction to raise visibility on issues

• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills

• The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team

• Flexibility and the ability to change course quickly

Burness offers excellent benefits, a competitive salary, and a collegial work environment. Send resumes to Sara Knoll at

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