Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

Social Media Manager, Kaiser Health News

Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full Time; 2-Year Term Position with Possibility of Extension
Program Area: Kaiser Health News

About the Job:

Do you want to work at one of the fastest-growing news organizations – with the mission of digging into one of the most important issues of our time? Kaiser Health News (KHN) needs a social media manager, and that could be you. KHN is a non-profit news service focused on health and health policy, and we provide stories that matter to families and people of all ages.

We want our social media leader to create a strategy that will get our stories out on mobile, on the web and in ways that readers want. You will help our community grow, and you will help us understand our readers’ needs. If you care about health – and who doesn’t? – you already know the good stuff we write about. Our stories appear in a wide variety of media outlets from the NYT/Washington Post/USA Today to NPR/PBS to Daily Beast/BuzzFeed.

This is what we want from you: You should think visually and help us push stories across all platforms. We want you to describe how you would do that. Though most people find our journalism on other news organizations’ platforms, we want you to work with our distribution partners’ social teams to expand our reach and to engage more deeply with our readers. We also want you to improve how we use our own platforms. We have a following on Facebook and Twitter – your mandate is to make that grow and then think of ways to spread our work on Instagram or other storytelling platforms.

You have to be organized. You have to be nimble. You have to find this all exciting, because we do. We are a collaborative bunch, and we want someone to join who has good, smart ideas. You have to be willing to learn too. We have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable health journalists in the country, and we pursue serious and demanding projects and investigations. If you were a reporter once – and know what goes into a story – great. Most certainly, we want a social media person who understands analytics and is conversant in what makes people stop and read/watch/spend time with a KHN story. We want someone who has ideas about how to write – and re-write – tweets or posts so they can draw in potential readers who have not heard about KHN.

This is a Washington DC-based job because we want to see you and talk every day.

We’d prefer if you had 3 years of experience doing this kind of work, but we aren’t going to rule out someone who is a go-getter with a little less. Tell us why you want to work at this great organization and why no one else could do this job better than you could. We’re excited to hear from you.

More about KFF and KHN:

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a nonprofit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, and health journalism, dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. The Foundation serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is an editorially independent program of the Foundation. With a staff of more than 50 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in DC and California, plus freelance columnists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news.

KHN provides this coverage on as well as in partnership with other news organizations, including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and a host of other media outlets. All material is provided free of charge. In addition to publishing in-depth articles on new developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and debates, KHN also produces daily briefings summarizing news coverage of health policy. For more than a decade, these reports have provided readers with daily updates on how the media are covering U.S. health care policy.

This full-time position is based in KHN’s Washington, DC, newsroom and is a two-year position with the possibility of extension for a longer duration. Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and includes an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to labeling your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”. Please write “Social Media Manager” in the email heading. And please be sure to tell us all your relevant skills, highlighting those that will impress us. No phone inquiries please. Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.