Director of Strategic Communication Cover Letter
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May 28, 2009
Management Sciences for Health
784 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Dear Dr. Monyo:
It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my application materials for the Director of Strategic
Communications position. I admire MSH’s commitment to improving the health of the world’s
most vulnerable people, and I believe my background, skills and energy would be an excellent
match for this job.
My resume demonstrates how my prior work experience complements the description for this job.
I have more than 12 years experience in communications. I started my career in Washington DC as
a freelance journalist, writing articles on various topics (family planning, reproductive health,
women’s rights, and community health) for multiple periodicals (including The New York Post,
The Chronicle, and HotWire). After 2 years, I transi-
tioned to the Peace Corps in Namibia for three years, where I designed a media campaign
to raise awareness of a new, effective, and low-cost prophylaxis for malaria. My position with
AmeriCares gave me an incredible window from which to view the health and humanitarian
challenges facing people around the globe. While there I travelled to Niger to document a food
crisis, and handled media relations for two major natural disasters: the tsuna-mi of 2004 and
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. My contributions have always been in the way of using media and
communications outlets to make the processes that serve vulnerable populations more effective.
So, I subsequently sought out further opportunities that would allow me to contribute to
communications initiatives to enhance the health and well-being of at-risk communities.
I left AmeriCares to pursue graduate studies in International Development. During the first year of
my two-year program, I continued to work with AmeriCares as a consultant to support its
communications and development efforts. During this time I created a sustain-able monthly
newsletter to be sent out to potential donors and stakeholders. From September 2008 through May
2009, I worked in Senegal, serving as a Project Manager of Media Relations in an NGO focused
on the basic right to health care. This month, I received
my M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and
Management at Brandeis University. Working with MSH would be a tremendous opportunity for
me to contribute my communications expertise to an organization that is committed to responding
to a world in need.
I believe I have much to offer MSH and the people you serve: superior communications skills,
practical experience in development and a deep belief in the power of partner-ship and
collaboration. I hope you will give me the opportunity to discuss this with you further. I can be
reached by phone at 913-555-0768 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for
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