Director of Communications - Public Affairs
Job Details
Statewide - Ohio
Fully Remote
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$60,000.00 - $70,000.00 Salary/year
Public/Governmental Affairs - Advocacy

As a socially responsible health care employer and provider, we require our associates to show proof of annual influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations unless approved exemption is provided. An approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination will require weekly testing for the Associate. Additional information will be provided by HR upon hire.


Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio/Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio is seeking a mission-minded Associates to join us as a full time (37.5 per week) Director of Communications for our Public Affairs/Advocacy team.



Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio (PPAO) provides strategic advocacy, policy, community organizing, and electoral programming for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. The Communications Director will work to enhance Planned Parenthood’s government affairs and public advocacy communication outreach. Work with the Digital Communication Strategy Manager, the Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy, and PPAO team to develop and implement proactive communication plans to increase awareness of Planned Parenthood’s legislative strategies and positions with policymakers, the public, internal associates, supporters, and outside stakeholders. The Communications Director drives PPAO communication strategy and is the primary writer for statewide, targeted, and regular multi-channel communication as well as responsible for developing talking points, fact sheets, testimony, and briefs on legislative policy and electoral campaigns. The advocacy issues include family planning, contraceptive equity, and access to emergency contraceptives, comprehensive sex education, and access to the full breath of reproductive health care including safe, legal abortion.



Our Mission

We protect, promote, and provide empowered health care for people throughout Ohio.

  • We respect and honor all people
  • We are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for patients and staff
  • We provide health care - without judgment
  • We maintain responsible business practices
  • We regularly demonstrate our shared organizational workplace values and standards in order to educate and care for the communities that we serve



  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Medical 90% employer-paid base medical plans for single coverage
  • Dental
  • Vision 100% employer paid
  • Life Insurance 100% employer paid
  • Accidental Death & Disability 100% employer paid
  • Long Term/Short Term Disability 100% employer paid
  • 401(k) with matching employer contribution up to 4%
  • Nine (9) paid holidays per year



  • Directing and leading communication strategy for PPAO and PPVO, connecting policy and electoral work through messaging.
  • Creating power around PPAO’S brand while maintaining and elevating our position as a trusted messenger.
  • Guide best practices around campaign messaging strategy.
  • Secure positive media coverage for our issue campaigns, organization, endorsed candidates, and partners.
  • Create media and communications materials including press releases, media advisories, op-eds, LTEs, talking points, and other materials.
  • Proactively seek out news opportunities and creative placement strategies.
  • Develop relationships with and pitch reporters.
  • Leverage stories and storytellers in earned and digital media.
  • Develop and own design and the sending of election mailers.
  • Track and communicate to the team on the messaging of our opposition, partners, and press.
  • Coordinate interviews and prepare staff for media and other public appearances.
  • Serve as an on-the-record spokesperson.
  • Assist in the execution of press events at the Statehouse and at major events to highlight government relations efforts, issues, and supporters.
  • Support communications and advocacy teams in trainings and prepare spokespeople for media availability and press opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities for policy communication around educational programming, reproductive health conferences, legislative issues rallies, and public advocacy activities.
  • Develop messaging for in-state campaigns and issues, align messaging with national priorities, and set a cohesive message for program and external audiences.
  • Track and stay current on relevant message research, guidance and polling on core issues and candidates.
  • Author op-eds, letter to the editor, and other external pieces for PPAO leadership, board members, patient advocates, and volunteers.
  • Create and provide messaging training to our team and other departments of PPGOH.
  • Represent PPAO and PPVO at coalition tables at the local, state, and national level.
  • Develop supporting documents for legislation, policy, advocacy, and electoral campaigns.
  • Collaborate with PPAO colleagues on professional communications for PPAO colleagues, leadership, and board members.
  • Support and draft testimony on state and local policy and legislation.
  • Coordinate with other affiliate staff members and serves as an inter-departmental liaison on public policy editorial content.
  • Support multi-channel and diverse communication needs of the PPAO team.
  • Provide written government affairs content for the website and social media platforms as well as fundraising materials.
  • Along with Digital Communication & Strategy Manger create, edit, and approve scripts.



Digital Communications Strategy Manager, Digital Communications Coordinator, Digital Communications Fellow



  • Bachelor’s degree communication, marketing, public relations or a related field is required
  • 4 years of previous experience in communication, nonprofits, campaigns, policy, public affairs, or government relations experience
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have a knowledge of the Ohio legislative process.
  • Excellent time and project management skills and the ability to coordinate several simultaneous projects and events.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work well under pressure, be detail oriented and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with individuals of diverse backgrounds in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sensitivity
  • Ability to build and maintain positive and productive relationships.
  • Must be self-directed with ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Commitment to PPGOH’s mission, goal and objectives.




Planned Parenthood has served Ohioans with safe, accessible, and affordable health care for 100 years and welcomed more than 100,000 patient visits to our health centers in 2020. Every day, we fight to provide this care to everyone, no matter their income level, insurance status, zip code, color, creed, or country of origin.


As a mission-driven health care provider, Planned Parenthood is dedicated to ending health disparities and achieving health equity among all races. We work on all levels through our health centers, educational programming, and public policy to make the greatest impact on the communities we serve.


In order to become the leading organization for high quality reproductive health care, we continuously strive to create a supportive work environment that results in a positive experience for patients and associates alike. We find this support in our In This Together workplace values and service standards that bring associates together and foster an inclusive culture.


Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (PPGOH) is an equal opportunity employer. We care for our business by ensuring that all of our decisions regarding the employment relationship, including the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, are in accordance with our principles of equal opportunity.


As a matter of PPGOH policy we affirm that we respect and honor all people and we will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, military and veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.


In addition to the above commitments, PPGOH seeks to have employees that reflect the broad diversity of those that we serve and we encourage all who are ready to be In This Together to apply.