National Director of Communications

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – Job Announcement
National Director of Communications
The Devereux External Affairs office, located in Villanova, PA has an immediate opening for an experienced, enthusiastic, and creative professional to join our team as a National Director of Communications, supporting the Senior Vice President for External Affairs, in directing Devereux’s communications and public relations initiatives to ensure that they effectively describe and promote the organization and its services. This position is integral to the operation of a multifunctional department of external affairs and has duties involving media relations and other communications activities, event coordination, public policy, both, local and national brand recognition and advocacy and general fundraising campaigns.

Essential functions and responsibilities:
 Oversees the assessment, development and implementation of Devereux’s strategic plan for communications and public relations;
 Manages media relations announcements, editorial placement, and speaking opportunities;
 Suggest promotional campaign ideas in various types of media as well as counsels Corporate and Center Management on effective communication strategies, including written, printed and photographed materials;
 Prepares, reviews and/or consults on written and verbal communications about Devereux;
 Creates and disseminates community and national press releases, as well as special publication projects including, but not limited to the Annual report;
 Works collaboratively with Corporate and Center Development staff to create both local and national brand recognition;
 Interacts with Executive Management, Center Management and Corporate Staff to plan and develop promotional public relations responses and program materials;
 Assist SVP for External Affairs in implementing strategic plan to make Devereux the “charity of choice” for individuals, corporations, foundation and public sources;
 Assists in provision of technical assistance, research and guidance to internal and external customers, including Advisory Boards;
 Will assist in maintaining contact with prospective donors and carrying out strategies to secure/or increase donations, attend events and meetings to represent Devereux;
 Will assist with donor research, grant proposal development and the stewardship of charitable donations;
 Supports the development function in the implementation of all special events, assigned committees and special projects;
 Develops tracks and coordinates internal and external communications critical to networking and development.
 Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing or related field; Master’s degree preferred;
 Additional training in crisis communication, time management and advanced graphic design;
 Minimum of (5) five years of professional experience in related field such as communications, fundraising, public relations, resource-development, public policy, sales and/or marketing, special events in a Human Services environment;
 Demonstrated experience and skills in executive and proposal presentations is required;
 Experience in large multi-site or national healthcare environment is preferred;
 Expertise in project and organizational management and a background in fundraising, event planning, public relations, professional sales, and/or marketing are highly desired with previous direct work in civic affairs/management, public policy, governmental relations/consulting essential;
 Experience managing multiple projects and events, designing market materials, including online media;
 Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills;
 Computer skills and proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, database management and publishing and presentation software;
 Must be creative, enjoy meeting new people and managing multiple projects;

Organization Profile
Operating in thirteen states, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral
healthcare organizations in the country. We have a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health.

We were founded in 1912 by one of the first pioneers in the field, Helena Devereux. Today, we are a national non-profit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of Autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. Our programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school based settings and include: Comprehensive Assessment, Diagnostics and Measurement to support data-driven care; Effective Interventions, Special Education and Ongoing Support; Transition and Independent Life Services; Family Education and Professional Training; Research and Innovation to advance the field; and Advocacy and Public Education to change the world.
Our Philosophy of Care operates under the core principles of personalized, evidence-based interventions; effective and accountable programs delivered with compassion – meeting the “Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Family Standard;” system-wide, trauma-informed, data-driven, positive-behavioral approach to care; and meaningful family engagement and community connection.

Additional Details
The primary purpose of Devereux is to provide quality service to those entrusted to our care by their families, guardians, agencies, and other designated parties. The most critical resource we have to accomplish this task is our employees. No intervention can be implemented without the assistance of competent employees who are physically and mentally prepared to carry out this tremendous responsibility.

For this reason, in addition to a competitive salary, Devereux provides a comprehensive health and welfare benefits program to eligible full-time employees, family members, and domestic partners. Health and welfare programs include medical, dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health services, and an Employee Assistance / Work Life Balance Program, as well as generous time-off policies, and a 403 B retirement plan. Additionally, voluntary, employee paid, Vision and Supplemental Life Insurance are available to FT employees. Devereux Offers Excellent Benefits! Check them out – .

CONTACT INFORMATION – Please attach electronic materials requested to your online application at Please include:
1. Letter of interest including salary requirements
2. Curriculum vitae

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