Careers

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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Jobs

Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator is a hands-on position that provides the right candidate with the opportunity to play a key role in all facets of communication planning and execution. Reporting to the Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs, the Communications Coordinator is an early career full-time role that requires both an analytical mind and creative thinking. This is a remote position. However, the selected candidate must reside within LA or SoCal and will be expected to attend meetings as needed in LA when in-person meetings resume.

The right candidate for this opportunity should be personable, organized, perform well under multiple deadlines, be a collaborator, and demonstrate initiative. The primary goals for this role are partnering/supporting the Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs on communication campaigns, digital marketing, and awareness building initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to:

Core Responsibilities:

  • Assists in developing and implementing public relations campaigns for the organization
  • Assists with creation of press materials such as press releases and briefing documents
  • Assists in cultivating media lists for contacts for local and national media
  • Assists with the analysis of media coverage
  • Assists with the writing and publishing of marketing copy for SAA's website, blog posts, email campaigns, newsletters, and educational literature
  • Assists in driving continued growth of SAA's social media channels
  • Assists with social media content creation while ensuring it is always on-brand and maintains SAA's brand voice
  • Develops and maintains SAA’s social media calendar
  • Assists with Social Listening + Finding Trends with our online listening tools (analytics) to identify opportunities and ideas for ongoing campaigns
  • Assists in the coordination of our annual virtual Global Spondyloarthritis Summit and other digital events such as webinars, Facebook Lives, Twitter Chats, podcasts, and community forums

Continued:

  • Assists in event-related marketing and communication efforts including writing and developing promotional materials
  • Assists in coordinating our national Awareness campaigns for Spondyloarthritis Awareness Month, World AS Day, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, Pain Awareness Month, and others
  • Assists in designing and implementing email marketing campaigns including setting up marketing automation workflows
  • Measures and reports on the performance of email campaigns
  • Assists in executing SEO strategies that increase SAA’s website search engine results rankings
  • Assists with Influencer research and topic tracking
  • Manages SAA’s Community Forum, providing timely responses to posts and questions and alerting the Programs team to those which may require more scientific knowledge; identifies trends and hot topics
  • Assists with content edits to SAA’s website
  • Collaborates with members of the SAA team to ensure that written and visual content align with the needs of each department, supports our strategic priorities, and adheres to the highest standards

Other Responsibilities:

  • Roll up your sleeves and perform other related duties as assigned or needed

Required knowledge and skills:

  • An undergraduate degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field
  • 2 - 5 years of experience in a marketing, communication, or other content role with relevant experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent command of the English language, grammar, and AP Style
  • Hands-on experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube
  • Hands-on experience with social media analytics
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp or a similar email marketing service platform
  • Knowledge and experience with WordPress websites are strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of best practices for SEO preferred
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop or other image editing software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of video editing software such as Adobe Premiere or equivalent is a plus
  • Motivated, goal-oriented, and persistent personality
  • High level of initiative and works well in a team environment and an ability to demonstrate strong cross-collaboration with other departments while working in a tele-remote environment
  • Sincere passion for the mission and the Spondy community SAA serves
  • Plans and fulfills responsibilities with minimal direction
  • Fantastic time management skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Some travel may be required.

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

Associate Manager, Website Development

The Spondylitis Association of America is seeking a creative team player for our Associate Manager, Website Development reporting to the Director, Brand Experience & Public Affairs. The ideal new team member must be a self-starter and be enthusiastic about developing and maintaining high-performing websites, currently spondylitis.org and spondykids.org and also committed to serving the needs of our patient community. The desired professional should love collaboration, a fast-paced and high-growth work environment and be comfortable in educating and informing the broader team on website best practices.

Our new team member should be an expert in all things related to an organization’s website: development, optimization, brand consistency, user experience, content management, segmentation, personalization, analytics, and overall measurement. We serve a highly engaged patient community, and you should be passionate about converting website visitors to loyal members of our community, donors, and brand advocates through an engaging digital journey.

To ensure success, you should possess an exceptional understanding and hands-on experience in managing a WordPress membership and e-Commerce website, integration with CRMs, and the ever-changing world of web and SEO best practices. Top candidates will also be well-versed in managing third-party website vendors and comfortable troubleshooting and constantly improving the User Experience (UX).

Core Responsibilities:

Continued:

  • Responsible for all web design and front-end coding of the website to ensure that it operates as intended and provides all features needed to be successful
  • Responsible for assisting the Communication Coordinator in creating mass email templates for Mailchimp
  • Quality assurance testing
  • Responsible for all content updates to SAA’s websites
  • Manage the day-to-day relationships with our third-party website vendors
  • Respond to, troubleshoot, and track all website issues
  • Collaborate with members of the SAA team to ensure that website content aligns with the needs of each department, supports our strategic priorities, and adheres to the highest standards
  • Able to recommend strategies to increase online engagement and increase fundraising/online giving
  • Conduct monthly content audits to eliminate redundant and/or duplicate information
  • Weekly reporting and analysis of website metrics

Other Responsibilities:

  • Roll up your sleeves and perform other related duties as assigned or needed

Required knowledge and skills:

  • A degree in Computer Science, IT, or related field.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in website management OR equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Expert knowledge of website development processes – from idea conception through implementation.
  • Expert knowledge of WordPress CMS and W3C Web standards.
  • Highly proficient in HTML, XHTML, CSS design, cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility, MySQL, and JavaScript
  • Deep understanding of SEO best practices
  • Proven track record for managing and optimizing website pages for conversion
  • Ability to troubleshoot website issues in a fast-paced environment
  • Keen attention to detail; an analytical mind; outstanding problem-solving capabilities
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Proficient in Google Analytics or comparable website metrics platform
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop or other image editing software is a plus
  • Knowledge of video editing software such as Adobe Premiere or equivalent is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Motivated, goal-oriented, and persistent personality
  • High level of initiative, works well in a team environment, and demonstrates an ability to build strong cross-collaboration with other departments
  • Sincere passion for the mission and the Spondy community SAA serves
  • Plans and fulfills responsibilities with minimal direction
  • Ability to see big picture of the organization and how their work plays a critical role in the success of all departments and the overall organization

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

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