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Opportunities at SAA

Are you looking for a rewarding challenge? Your journey starts here. Join our close-knit team of dedicated professionals who work collaboratively to support those with spondyloarthritis. If you are interested in embarking upon a new chapter within your professional career, check out our current opportunities below! Don’t see a current fit but still really want to join us? Email HR@spondylitis.org and include your resume. We’re always looking for passionate and talented people. We’ll be in touch for future openings.

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Job Description

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM SERVICES

Who we are:  The Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) is where people with spondyloarthritis (SpA) come to find information, resources, and opportunities to connect with others who understand the challenges of this disease.  We are a national non-profit patient advocacy organization located in Encino, CA in need of a Director of Program Services.  This is a full-time remote position.

By joining our team, you’ll be on the front line of our important and much needed work.  You’ll get the chance to lead the programs team, change lives today of the people we serve and create a better world for SpA patients for generations to come.  If you have an optimistic outlook, winning spirit, keen sense of humor, like to think out of the box, and want to make a true difference in people’s lives, we want to talk to you.

The Director of Program Services leads the SAA in strategic efforts to ensure mission-driven initiatives reach, serve, and engage the communities impacted by SpA.  The Director provides leadership and management of our program services development, execution, and delivery.  As a member of the executive leadership team, the Director of Program Services also provides leadership and assistance with strategic direction, public/community relations, operations management, financial management, human resources management, and fundraising. This position works closely with cross-departmental staff and volunteer teams to identify effective and sustainable execution tactics in outreach and mission delivery, partnership development and management, and measuring the impact and effectiveness of the organization’s strategic plan to deliver quality-of-life information through all of our initiatives.   

Provide leadership in the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of all SAA programs targeted at the public at large, the patient population and health care providers. Program Services creates an accessible bridge from the latest in disease information and research to the patient population and health care providers. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Organization’s website content
  • Patient education events including SAA’s signature event our Annual Global Summit, educational seminars, webinars and podcasts
  • Educational materials and publications including a quarterly news magazine (Spondy Plus), monthly e-newsletter (eSUN), and educational brochures
  • Physician & Health Care Provider disease awareness and disease education programs

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Directs, stewards and supervises program staff in the day-to-day development and delivery of program services.
  • Initiate and set goals for programs based on the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Plan programs from start to finish, including identifying processes, deadlines and milestones.
  • Active in all areas of program development including conceptualization, budgeting, funding, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. Develops metrics and tracking systems to evaluate program services.
  • Participates, as a member of the executive leadership team, in strategic planning in accordance with the SAA mission and in the fundraising for, and development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs.
  • Maintains fiscal responsibility for program services. Creates and manages a timeline for all programs, projects, and activities.
  • Assists with special projects as assigned
  • Oversees and encourages professional development of all professional program staff, where appropriate.

Education and Required Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years years experience in non-profit program management;
  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree;
  • Experience managing teams through long, complex program implementations;
  • Knowledge of current program management methods and best practices
  • Digital and social media savvy
  • Proven experience managing staff and budgets
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work and manage staff in a remote setting while maintaining a strong desire and capability to work in a fast paced, creative, and professional atmosphere;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Expert level computer skills in Microsoft Office, specifically in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to maintain and execute confidential information;
  • Ability to interact with a diverse clientele in a calm, competent and professional manner;
  • Highly ethical, reliability and excellent interpersonal skills both “up and down”; a true team player;

Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter and a resume,  to john.highberger@spondylitis.org.    No phone calls please.

Internship

Public Affairs Internship

The Public Affairs intern will support the Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs. This hands-on position provides the right candidate with the opportunity to develop into a skilled strategic communications professional. The required time commitment for this opportunity is 10 – 15 hours per week for college credit and an annual stipend of $500.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support creation of press materials such as press releases and briefing documents
  • Developing and updating media lists
  • Analyzing media coverages
  • Assist in the coordination of events such as press conferences, media briefings, partnership meetings, media tours and industry health fairs/shows
  • Copyediting website content
  • Drafting blog posts
  • Assist with photo shoots
  • Assisting with other communications-related tasks as assigned

Desired Knowledge and skills:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field
  • Previous PR/Communications internship experience a plus
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent command of the English language, grammar and AP Style
  • Digital and social media savvy
  • Energetic self-starter eager to learn and jump in on multiple projects
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Desire for a career in PR/strategic communications
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to jason.blackwell@spondylitis.org

Digital Marketing Internship

The Digital Marketing intern will support the Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs. The right candidate for this opportunity has both a creative and analytical mindset and will participate in various online marketing campaigns. This hands-on internship could provide the right candidate with practical training as a Digital Specialist for future opportunities in PPC, SEO, display, email and social media. The required time commitment for this opportunity is 10-15 hours per week for college credit and an annual stipend of $1000

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in drafting content and graphic design for social media
  • Social Listening + Finding Trends with our online listening tools (analytics) to identify opportunities and ideas for ongoing campaigns
  • Influencer research and topic tracking
  • Pull campaign performance and spend reports for PPC and Paid Social campaigns
  • Assist in setting up marketing automation workflows and tracking results
  • Assist with video and podcast production

Desired Knowledge and skills:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing, Advertising, or related field
  • Previous experience in social media or marketing internship is a plus
  • Basic understanding of online marketing including SEM, SEO, display, & paid social
  • Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
  • Familiar with social media analytics
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of video editing software such as Adobe Premiere or equivalent

For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to jason.blackwell@spondylitis.org

Programs Internship

The Programs Intern will support the Director of Programs & Programs Coordinator. This hands-on internship provides the right candidate with the opportunity to develop into a skilled and strategic program management professional. The required time commitment for this opportunity is 10-15 hours per week for college credit.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the coordination of and follow up to key events such as educational seminars, medical conferences, partnership meetings, and health fairs
  • Assist in planning the launch of a revamped Juvenile Outreach and Education program
  • Assist with bulk email needs, utilizing Mail Chimp
  • Create content for social media and our message boards
  • Print production assistance
  • Administrative assistance, such as data entry and database management, preparing materials for shipment, and other tasks as needed

Desired Knowledge and skills:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in the humanities, or related fields
  • Previous nonprofit internship experience a plus
  • Excellent command of the English language, grammar, and AP Style
  • Digital and social media savvy
  • Strong writing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Energetic self-starter eager to learn and jump in on multiple projects
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • A creative thinker with a strong work ethic
  • Desire for a career in the nonprofit sector or programs delivery
  • Spanish speaking a plus

For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to programs@spondylitis.org

Responsibilities include:

  • Support creation of press materials such as press releases and briefing documents
  • Developing and updating media lists
  • Analyzing media coverages
  • Assist in the coordination of events such as press conferences, media briefings, partnership meetings, media tours and industry health fairs/shows
  • Copyediting website content
  • Drafting blog posts
  • Assist with photo shoots
  • Assisting with other communications-related tasks as assigned

Desired Knowledge and skills:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field
  • Previous PR/Communications internship experience a plus
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent command of the English language, grammar and AP Style
  • Digital and social media savvy
  • Energetic self-starter eager to learn and jump in on multiple projects
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Desire for a career in PR/strategic communications
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Volunteer

Online Support Group Leader

SAA’s volunteer support group leaders share a common goal of bringing the community together. They strive to provide support, education, encouragement and co-create with group members dynamic, supportive, and informative meetings. Although helpful if the support group leader is living with the disease, it is by no means a requirement.

Skills and Traits of an Effective Support Group Leader

  • Time
  • Energy
  • Organizational Skills
  • Continuing Commitment
  • Ability to Work with Others
  • Compassion for Others

Benefits of being a Support Group Leader

  • A sense of helping others
  • Getting support for yourself from the group
  • Information and education exchange
  • Added circle of friends
  • Personal growth

Additional Skills

  • Group Facilitation
  • Healthcare
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building

Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Six meetings a year. Each meeting lasts up to 90 minutes.
  • Organization onboarding and support leader training.

For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to sean.ewert@spondylitis.org