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Communications Strategist & Storyteller

Apply now Job no: 502248
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement
Categories: Drexel University


The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity at the Dornsife School of Public Health is seeking a full-time Communications Strategist and Storyteller, to develop, manage, and implement communication and marketing strategies in support of the mission and vision of the Center and respective projects, such as the Illuminating and Addressing Healthcare’s Role in Perpetuating Structural Racism (ISR) project, a three-year, multi-site initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Communications Strategist and Storyteller will be responsible for promoting on-brand messaging through digital channels to tell the story of the Ubuntu Center and strengthen community care. The role will collaborate with center staff, faculty, narrative consultants, and the Dornsife School of Public Health Communications team.  

About the Ubuntu Center 

The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is a research and action center that unites diverse partners to generate and translate evidence, accelerate antiracism solutions, and transform the health of communities locally, nationally, and globally. The Center has four primary focus areas which include: 1) advancing transdisciplinary, antiracism population health research, training, and scholarship; 2) bridging relationships to build critical consciousness and power for health equity and racial justice; 3) expanding collective action for population health equity aligned with principles and practices of community organizing and social movements; and 4) strengthening capacity and sustainability to maximize our impact. Who we are and what we do embodies the South African principle “Ubuntu... I am because we are.” We believe that by working collectively, we will achieve a just future, free from systems of oppression, full of new possibilities through bold, collective action, and an equitable world in which all individuals and communities are healthy and thrive. 

Job Duties

  • Develop and implement communication strategies that leverage storytelling techniques to effectively map out the ISR project and disseminate project learnings.
  • Use storytelling to authentically reflect the community's experiences and values to build agency and collective power. 
  • Strategically manage the Center’s social media platforms. 
  • Lead the marketing of the Center’s events.
  • Lead the development of the Center’s communication and marketing strategy.   
  • Assist in writing and editing digital contact for the Center’s website. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a closely related field and 2 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  
  • Project management skills, ability to prioritize and complete a wide range of projects to specified deadlines with minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent time management, organizational, communication, and collaborative skills.  
  • Demonstrated professional writing, editing, and communication skills. 
  • Experience with email marketing campaigns and e-newsletters (Mailchimp).
  • Experience with updating and maintaining website content through a CMS (e.g. Wordpress, Sitecore, etc.).
  • Knowledge of social media, both as a marketer and as a user. 
  • Experience with design and editing tools, including Photoshop, Canva, Spark, etc. 
  • Use excellent judgment in understanding and effectively executing media aligned with our brand identity.
  • Be accountable for attention to detail and for meeting deadlines.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated kindness, compassion, integrity, and commitment to anti-racism and liberation-based approaches.
  • Extensive experience elevating the voices of community members and context experts in all spaces, or personal lived experience.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to quickly master and use, social media listening, reporting, and scheduling and analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics, etc.).
  • General understanding of search engine optimization (SEO). 
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., InDesign, Illustrator) or willingness to learn independently.
  • Experience with project management software (e.g., Smartsheet) a plus.
  • Knowledge of or interest in antiracism and public health.


  • Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement – Philadelphia, PA 

Additional Information

This position has been classified as exempt, grade K. Compensation for grade K ranges from $54,630.00 to $81,940.00.

Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review.

We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework.

You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a web address to an online portfolio, if available, when submitting a resume and cover letter.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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