Communications Manager

The Position

Do you want to end overdose? Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to promoting the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use? The Communications Manager is responsible for supporting and executing the communications strategy that promotes National Harm Reduction Coalition’s work through the organization’s website, social media, and other digital channels. This position will work closely with the Associate Director of Communications as well as the Senior Director of Innovation & Strategy to support communications projects including, but not limited to, biannual conference communications, advocacy and educational campaigns, and activities that promote harm reduction building and community mobilization across the country. 


The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, creative, and enjoys a fast-paced environment, bringing a proven track record of success in creating compelling content and supporting a comprehensive communications strategy. 

Organization Description

The National Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use and structural violence. As a national organization we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy
  2. harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual trainings, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs
  3. national and regional convenings
  4. grantmaking
  5. fiscal sponsorship
  6. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis

Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: the National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces and dialogue that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies.


  • Center racial justice in communications; proactively apply a racial justice lens to communicate our values and who we feature in our work.
  • Work with the leadership team to support the vision and execution of National Harm Reduction Coalition’s communications strategy. 
  • Create and oversee the creation of communications campaigns that change narratives, challenge stigma, drive development, and uplift programmatic work across the board to different audiences. 
  • Ensure publication/resources are aligned with established branding, style guides, and accessibility standards. 
  • Collaborate with external partners and movements to create intersectional content and prioritize cross-movement relationship building. 
  • Manage and execute a content calendar that supports the communications strategy for the organization’s virtual resource library, online learning institute, email automation system (EveryAction), website, social media and other channels. 
  • Supervise the Communications Coordinator and, when necessary, department consultants. 
  • Support the communications team in triaging time sensitive and crisis communications requests in response to significant policy, community, or programmatic updates that provide the opportunity to expand upon or affirm key messages and positions of National Harm Reduction Coalition.
  • Support the setup and maintenance of the organization’s catalog of products and promote merchandise to contribute to department goals. 
  • Manage National Harm Reduction Coalition’s online learning modules: working across the organization and with external partners on content creation, setting up courses in Thinkific in engaging ways that reach learning goals, troubleshooting with students and potential course customers, and collaborating with Finance to set up bulk purchasing. 
  • Manage the organizational website including updates throughout the site and the resource library, regularly auditing the website for accessibility, and managing the relationship with the external web developer. 
  • Support the training of staff, grantees, community partners, and community stakeholders to improve communications capacity for both the organization and its partners. 


    • Inspired by National Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission and strategic priorities
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in communications and/or marketing
  • Experience in harm reduction, public health, or social justice preferred 
  • Experience in executing comprehensive communications and public relations strategies 
  • Outstanding management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a decentralized environment 
  • Excellent and nuanced writing ability and range 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation and public speaking skills



Position requires light travel, less than 7 days per year




NHRC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $61,800 - $77,250. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.  


Deadline May 6, 2022