Director, Corporate Communications and Public Relations

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(8/18/2023 10:12 AM)
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Your Challenge:

At HIMSS, we are a catalyst for change in the health and wellness ecosystem.  As one of the largest and most experienced global healthcare associations, it is our responsibility to lead this revolution.  Our mission is to reform health globally through information AND technology.  Our staff, nearly 300 world-wide, are vital to achieving that mission.  We are looking for team members who are curious to ask “What if…?” and have the tenacity to fight for the change we believe in.  Join HIMSS to be part of the transformation of health and wellness. 


What you'll do


As the Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, you will be the global communications leader at HIMSS, you will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company's communication efforts and contributing to the company's long-term strategy and using creativity to promote our organization around the world.  Working within our Marketing function, you will partner with global marketing, social media, technology and product teams to ensure our mission, values and vision are communicated. Your role will also be key in supporting and advising our Executive Leadership Team to ensure that our communication goals align with our business objectives and long-term vision.


You will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of media, public relations activities, internal communications programming across social digital channels and traditional media programs. HIMSS people and culture are key to our success and strengthening our employer brand will also be key.  You will also serve as an ambassador for HIMSS globally and build relationships with the media.   


This position is a people manager role reporting to the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.



  • Maintain end-to-end responsibility for shaping programs and strategies across healthcare IT, crisis management, strategic communications and programs
  • Serve as the guardian of HIMSS global reputation, supported by a data-driven communications strategy to shape perception
  • Be proactive identifying and addressing challenges and emerging issues facing HIMSS by working with cross-functional teams to identify communications opportunities and trends
  • Lead the charge on executive communications by devising and executing a strategy that engages customers, partners, and employees and generates buzz around HIMSS
  • Foster a strong sense of connection to our mission through internal communications programs that inspire and engage employees
  • Build meaningful and strategic relationships with industry analysts to reinforce our leadership position
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization
  • Prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed
  • Engage, cultivate, and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding HIMSS programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development
  • Deep understanding and experience building internal communications programs and engaging people and culture teams
  • Attract, develop, and retain a motivated communications team that consistently delivers outstanding performance with a commitment to quality and results
  • Foster a culture of high performance by investing in training and development to advance the craft of communications


What you will need to be successful:


  • 10+ years of experience with Healthcare, Technology, Financial Services or Agency
  • Experience building relationships with top-tier health, technology and business media
  • Experience with monthly reporting, social media KPIs, PR databases such as Cision, intranet or CMS publishing


  • Masterful written and verbal communication skills with a digital-first mindset and an ability to guide HIMSS executive leadership team with your interpersonal, written, oral, and presentation competencies
  • The ability to effectively interface with senior management, HIMSS Board of Directors and staff
  • Demonstrate a great balance between technical expertise and business acumen
  • Entrepreneurial energy, demonstrated by a passion to take on new challenges, ability to adapt to a changing competitive environment, and comfort with agile ways of working
  • Passion and ability to build relationships with government relations, product, and go-to-market teams
  • Track record of innovating with new technologies and channels to engage internal and external stakeholders

Why we love HIMSS, and why you will, too:

  • Diverse, collaborative, and winning team environment.
  • Flexible working arrangements, opportunity to work 100% remote.
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage.
  • Generous paid time off, including time off to volunteer!
  • Wellbeing programs to support all of your emotional, physical, and financial needs
  • Emphasis on continuous learning and development.


Are you a Changemaker?

Together, we’ll do amazing things for healthcare.


HIMSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Vets/Disabled




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