Manager, Communications

Marketing & Communications · Chicago, Illinois
Department Marketing & Communications
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Approx. Low $60, 000 to High $70, 000

Manager, Communications

Start Date: January 2022

Location:  Remote/Can be located in any of the PHE sites: Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, Oakland, CA.  (All PHE staff are currently temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Organization Description

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national non-profit organization that creates education opportunities for peers to share the tools and resources young people need to make healthy decisions. Since 2003, we have trained more than 15,000 college students to deliver in-person health education to over 188,000 high school-aged young people in communities across the country. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we re-designed our in-person programming to be delivered virtually and partnered with high school students to understand their mental health needs. Following that collaboration, we launched our app for young people ages 13 – 18. In the past year, we’ve expanded from two in-person program models to five in-person and digital program offerings and we are continuing to grow! Our mission is critical, our team is diverse, and our work is vibrant. Check us out on TikTok (@peerhealthexchange)!

Learn more about our responsiveness and shift to digital in this article co-authored by our colleagues “Youths Know What They Need to Support Their Mental Health”!


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About this role

Join the team that is driving digital transformation at PHE! As the Manager, Communications you will support with building, executing, and managing communications strategies organization-wide that align with PHE’s strategic plan. Additionally, you will be a key player in driving all media relations and media placements (earned and opinion) in national and regional markets across the country and supporting a proactive national media engagement strategy. You will report directly to the Director, Marketing and Communications.


Here’s what you should know:

This is a full-time, salaried position based in any of our PHE cities: Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, Oakland, CA.  All PHE staff are currently temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what you will do as a part of our team:

65% - Public Relations and Traditional Media

  • Co-develop and implement a plan to maximize media for broad-based awareness
  • Draft media advisories, press releases, quotes, OpEds, letters to the editor, fact sheets, and other external communications to drive national and regional traditional media placement of Peer Health Exchange and selfsea
  • Work across the organization to identify stories and earned media opportunities with the goal of securing national and regional placements of earned or opinion pieces
  • Manage PR supports and logistics (e.g. creating and maintaining contact and media database, training PHE stakeholders, and tracking coverage, etc.) and support national team event presence and speaking opportunities
  • Monitor and respond to media inquiries, requests, and mentions of PHE and selfsea including follow-up marketing for increased reach

20% - Externally-Ready Content Creation

  • Create written content for externally-ready collateral materials including newsletters, brochures, one-pagers, web content, annual reports, blog posts, videos, event materials, e-newsletters, etc.
  • Manage and update external templates for quick and easy customization by other team members

15% - Systems Support and Metrics Reporting

  • Create a resource library for internal departments and maintain the organization of communication materials
  • Draft, track, and report all communications metrics
  • Partner with internal departments to maintain a current, compelling language bank for external use (e.g. Development, Community Partnerships, and Direct to Youth Teams)


What you'll bring to the table:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a strong passion for PHE’s mission to build healthier communities with young people; strong alignment with PHE’s core values of Health Equity, Commitment, Communication, Agency, and Impact
  • Commitment to centering youth inclusion, community partnership, and acting on diversity, equity, & inclusion work visibly, broadly, in action in part through deep listening and hearing with a lens of inclusion
  • 2-4 years of relevant professional experience in traditional communications
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Savvy online/social networking skills with a strong working knowledge of social media channels
  • Exceptional work flow management skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills combined with excellent attention to detail

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field) Experience with event planning and event materials creation
  • Experience with Cision, Meltwater and/or

Your turn! We’d like to learn about you.

Please submit your resume and cover letter telling us why you are interested in our team and this role!


At Peer Health Exchange, we celebrate difference and are committed to providing equitable opportunities, addressing the effects of power and privilege. PHE is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, physical disability, veteran status or length of time spent unemployed. We want to empower people to change lives!


Note: Peer Health Exchange reserves the right to add additional duties, as needed. All Peer Health Exchange employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.

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  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Department
    Marketing & Communications
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Approx. Low $60, 000 to High $70, 000