7/2017-  Are you a dynamic and engaging individual who values hard work and a fun work atmosphere?   This position might be right for you:


The Health Initiative is seeking a motivated, organized, thoughtful individual to work as the Communications and Events Coordinator.   Interested? Email a cover letter and resume to Anne Marie Snell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


JOB TITLE: Communications and Events Coordinator


REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Communications and Event Coordinator will be responsible for designing and implementing effective communications and marketing strategies for the Health Initiative at large.  

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The Communications and Events Coordinator will work primarily from the Health Initiative office, with travel outside of the office sometimes required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Other duties may be assigned):

  1. Agency
    1. Participate in St. Lawrence Health Initiative, Inc. (SLHI) activities and meetings as required.
    2. Understand all SLHI programs and look for ways they may be able to interact with North Country Junior Iron Chef (NCJIC).
    3. Cross train for other agency positions as appropriate and if needed.
    4. Participate in other projects within the SLHI to support the organization’s mission, growth and recognition in the community.
  2. Sustainability Activities
    1. Work with the Executive Director and other agency staff to communicate regularly with the press, elected officials and the community.
    2. Participate in planning and hosting the SLHI’s annual recognition event.
    3. Design and release monthly agency e-newsletter.
    4. Provide regular contributions of pertinent information for the agency’s Facebook page and other social media outlets.
    5. Communicate regularly with community partners, member organizations and elected officials.
  3. Evaluation
    1. Evaluate Communication Reach
    2. North Country Junior Iron Chef (NCJIC)
      1. Evaluate NCJIC competition, including both process and outcome evaluations.
      2.  Survey/solicit feedback from participants, including team coaches, judges and volunteers.
  4. Event(s)
    1. Plan with ED and partners Health Initiative/Bridge to Wellness joint Annual Meeting
    2. Plan, implement and evaluate NCJIC competition, based on program timeline.
    3. Plan, implement and evaluate associated educational activities, as applicable.
    4. Achieve performance measures/goals and objectives.
    5. Coordinate planning team, and ensure all activities are completed as required and outlined in program timeline.
    6. Provide support to event participants, and act as liaison with participants and larger community.
    7. Lead and coordinate efforts to secure sponsorships and other support.
  5. Administrative
    1. Maintain accurate records of communication/advertisements including but not limited to
      1. In person presentations
      2. Tabling events
      3. Communication to/with member organizations and elected officials
      4. Paid media
      5. Earned media
    2. Maintain accurate records of event activities including meeting minutes and staff activity records.
    3. Understand and comply with agency personnel and fiscal policies and procedures.
    4. Complete all required project reporting in a timely fashion, as applicable.
  6. Technology
    1. Be familiar with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
    2. Maintain and update project web pages and social media.
      1. Maintain and update web-based forms and communication tools.
  7. Other duties
    1. Continue education via webinars, conference calls, online courses and workshops, seminars or trainings. This may require travel and days or evenings away from home.
    2. Other duties within the SLHI to support the organization’s mission, growth and recognition in the community.


  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable with public speaking, including both small and large group presentations
  • Willingness to learn new skills and flexibility to adapt to changing job requirements
  • Ability to work independently within assigned projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations from community members to business owners
  • Desire to interact collegially and professionally with other agency staff
  • Commitment to maintaining both internal and external confidentiality of program information, staff and program participants and community members at all times


  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous employment in a capacity demonstrating the required skills


  • Previous experience in school food, Farm to School or other school-based and/or community health programming


  • Reliable, personal transportation
  • Able and willing to attend conferences and meetings that require overnight travel


Health Initiative, Inc.     315-261-4760      6439 SH 56, PO Box 5069, Potsdam, NY 13676