Senior Executive Communications Lead


About HIMSS:

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a global advisor, thought leader and member association committed to transforming the health ecosystem. As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise leaders, stakeholders and influencers from across the ecosystem on best practices. With a community-centric approach, our innovation engine delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, payers, governments, startups, life sciences and other health services organizations, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision.

HIMSS has served the global health community for more than 60 years, with focused operations across North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Position Details

Senior Executive Communications Lead
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Your Challenge:

This position plays a key role in bringing HIMSS’s vision to realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere, to life. In this role, you will be responsible for managing the President and CEO’s executive communications platform, supporting the CEO as the lead spokesperson for HIMSS, including speechwriting, PR and media outreach. The position creates communications strategies and speeches aligned to our organizational strategy, brand, vision and mission, to inspire our members and other health professionals around the world.

Essential Functions:

  • Write high-quality speeches and talking points for the HIMSS CEO and support CEO as the lead spokesperson and storyteller for HIMSS. 
  • Create strategic messaging that conveys HIMSS’s corporate narrative and brand voice to external and internal audiences, including media, policymakers, market suppliers, partners and, particularly, HIMSS’s 100,000+ members across the globe. 
  • Manage PR and media outreach on behalf of the CEO. 
  • Research, develop, write and edit a wide variety of materials for the HIMSS CEO, including quotes, video scripts, speeches, talking points, backgrounders, narratives and thought leadership pieces, as well as correspondence with key stakeholders and other written materials. 
  • Interact with senior leaders across HIMSS to remain current on the society’s strategy, priorities, research and services. 
  • Weave HIMSS’s accomplishments, strategies and business goals into meaningful messaging and narratives into CEO speeches. 
  • Build trust with CEO, using limited face time to draw out ideas and preferences and create outstanding personalized content. 
  • Partner with HIMSS teams to execute against strategy, conduct research and write under deadline pressure. 
  • Review all internal and external facing collateral distributed on behalf of CEO. 
  • Prep CEO and develop messaging for key government-focused events, in partnership with the Government Relations team.

What you will need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, healthcare or similar field. 
  • Minimum seven (7) years professional speechwriting experience, preferably in executive communications. 
  • High-functioning knowledge of the healthcare ecosystem to be an active participant in developing communiations strategies and messaging 
  • Outstanding writing and interviewing skills, and extensive experience in positions that required writing messaging, reports, articles, briefings and other materials. 
  • Exceptional editing, storytelling, researching, fact-checking and proofreading skills to deliver messages that are clear, accurate and persuasive. 
  • Experience working closely with and writing for high-level executives, including working proficiently in a fast-paced, changing environment, and working well under pressure to deliver high-quality communications under tight deadlines and on short notice. 
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence from executive leadership, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality. 
  • High personal motivation supporting a strong work ethic, flexibility and creativity. 
  • Strong negotiation, organization and people skills. 
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, active listening, and persuasive oral, presentation and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as and collaboratively. 
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of internal and external partners to incorporate new information and work toward appropriate decisions and reach desired outcomes. 
  • Understanding of and experience communicating about complex global and domestic issues, including health, education, climate and other socioeconomic issues.

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

  • Competitive, comprehensive healthcare coverage. 
  • Generous paid time off, including time off to volunteer! 
  • 401K with employer match and profit sharing. 
  • Be Well! Lifestyle reimbursement program. 
  • Tuition reimbursement and professional development programs.

Are you a Changemaker?

We’ll do amazing things for healthcare.

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