Communications Associate


The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) seeks a Communications Associate to provide communications and research support on projects and advocacy efforts related to Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplace Qualified Health Plans, and Medicare plans for low-income populations. This position offers an excellent opportunity to be a part of a leading organization committed to increasing access to quality health coverage and services for low-income people.  

The position requires top-notch verbal, organizational, writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to perform independently in a fast-paced environment under general supervision.  The successful candidate must be able to customarily and regularly exercise judgment and discretion.  


The responsibilities of the Communications Associate include: 

  • Development and dissemination of public-facing ACAP communications products, including its newsletter.  
  • Perform media surveillance. 
  • Update and manage ACAP’s web site in collaboration with other staff. 
  • Serve as primary staff for ACAP social media accounts, and development of new social media products, or presence on new platforms.  
  • Assist with development of audio, video or other multimedia products. 
  • Development, design, and dissemination of member-facing ACAP resources, including staff directories and Preferred Vendor program materials. 
  • Research and develop data-driven communications products. 
  • Support for executive-level presentations and reports. 
  • Support the development and management of ACAP-sponsored conferences.
  • Serve as primary staff for select ACAP award programs. 
  • Responding to member inquiries and addressing member concerns. 
  • Provide editorial support as needed to staff. 
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with colleagues and members. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


 Competitive candidates must possess a college degree, a demonstrable interest in health care policy, and fluency in Microsoft Office products. The ideal candidate will have a background in communications or journalism; 1-2 years relevant work experience not necessary but preferred. Knowledge of Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and prior work or internships in health policy organizations or associations are all pluses. Familiarity with social media platform management or multimedia production will also be favorably regarded. Strong writing, interpersonal, and communications skills are a must. 


ACAP represents 78 not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans, which collectively serve more than 21 million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other public health programs. ACAP’s mission is to strengthen not-for-profit safety net health plans in their work to improve the health and well-being of lower-income and vulnerable populations.  

 SALARY AND COMPENSATION — The salary range is commensurate with work experience and educational level.  A competitive benefit package is offered. The position allows for a mix of remote and in-office work. 

Successful candidates will be required to furnish proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  


Reports To: Vice President, Communications 
FLSA Status: Exempt 
Revision Date: December 2021 
Location:  The position is located in Washington, D.C. Occasional travel (less than 10%) required. The position involves a mixture of in-office and remote work.  


To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to:  

Jeff Van Ness 
Senior Communications Director, ACAP 
1155 15th Street N.W., Suite 600  
Washington, DC 20005  

Writing sample specifications: A solely-authored writing sample of no more than two pages. Please avoid submitting scanned printouts wherever possible. 

Sending via e-mail preferred; put “Communications Associate” in the subject line.   No phone calls.   


ACAP is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin.