Strategic Communications Specialist

Washington D.C.
Feb 11, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time
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Strategic Communications Specialist

The position will manage a portfolio of key events and communication activities, including the annual Ruesch Symposium, GI Patient Summit, Golf Tournament, Luminary Awards, website, Ruesch Report newsletters, social media, email marketing campaigns, and creation of program materials. The manager will oversee logistics and all elements of event portfolio. The range of responsibilities include; agenda development, speaker management, recruitment, marketing, and sponsorship. The Programs and Communications Manager will develop and guide internal creative services, oversee the creation of compelling content and design for all internal and external communication vehicles, maintain relationships with media partners, and stay up-to-date with currents news in the GI cancer space. The position supports the activities of other Ruesch initiatives such as the GI Cancers Alliance, the global GI Cancers Alliance Network and various multi-institution research groups, the new Ruesch Reels video series and other new initiatives as they are approved. Duties include but are not limited to:

Program Management

  • Work with vendors to obtain best prices and services.
  • Supervision of event logistics - Food & beverage, AV needs, room sets.
  • Assist with agenda development.
  • Manage speakers - invitations, paperwork, travel, and onsite needs.
  • Event Marketing - Ensure cohesive integration of Ruesch Center branding through all facets of events, develop program and marketing materials.
  • Provide onsite support and volunteer management.

Communications Management

  • Manage social media (Facebook & Twitter) content and engagement.
  • Manage and develop Ruesch website content.
  • Create and maintain marketing materials for various outlets.
  • Ensure content is up-to-date and consistent with brand and messaging.
  • Manage and publish quarterly newsletters and monthly email campaigns.
  • Manage relationships with media partners.

Partner Relationship Management

  • GI Cancers Alliance and GI Cancers Alliance Network - assist with organization and management logistics for meetings. Create marketing materials, and represent the centers at various forums/meetings.
  • Research Initiatives - manage communications and meetings of research working groups led by Ruesch members.
  • Community Partnerships - Maintain relationships with local advocacy organizations and media partners and manage meetings with community clinicians.

Patient and Donor Relations

  • Donor Communication - Track and maintain donor lists and send monthly thank you letters to donors.
  • Advisory Board -  manage communications and meetings of Ruesch Center Advisory Board and membership.
  • Friends of the Ruesch Center - build and maintain relationships with dedicated Ruesch supports and implement programs led by the Friends group.


  • Financial - Process office requisitions, reimbursement, travel planning, and assist the Associate Director with budgeting.
  • Scheduling - support Director in scheduling Ruesch related meeting and proactively assess schedule priorities.


  • Master's degree with an emphasis on communications
  • 5+ years of event management and communications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with technical platforms such as WordPress and Adobe InDesign
  • Back-end website experience and strong understanding of and comfort working with social media platforms
  • Ability to work in both small and large team setting
  • Willing to work nights/weekends/holidays as needed

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