Develop and maintain contacts with journalists, columnists, editors and producers who cover public health. Respond rapidly to media inquiries, fulfill requests, arrange interviews and develop talking points. Write, edit and distribute news releases, advisories, statements, op-eds and other materials, and post to the website. Identify news opportunities, and develop and pitch story ideas to journalists involving APHA policies, programs and products. Alert key media to urgent public health-related policy and legislative activity. Utilize media relations software to maintain media lists and disseminate media materials. Help plan and implement strategies, campaigns and events to attract media attention and to raise the public profile of APHA, including the Annual Meeting, National Public Health Week and American Journal of Public Health. Co-edit Public Health Newswire, APHA’s public health news blog. Maintain editorial calendar; write and edit posts; conduct outreach for timely, relevant content; develop marketing strategies to increase traffic and reach. Serve as administrator for APHA Facebook page and YouTube channel. Help strategize, coordinate and develop content for other APHA social media channels and contribute to Social Media Team. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree. Five years of public/media relations, journalism or communications experience. Health/public health background a plus. Excellent writing, editing and telephone skills, and fluency with social media. Personal presence and ability to work with the news media and meet deadlines. Experience in seeking coverage for or communicating on behalf of national advocacy/public interest policy efforts. Strong initiative. Ability to work in collaboration with others as a team player and juggle multiple issues.
Salary low 50’s, commensurate with experience.
Hours: 35 hours a week, full-time, Mon- Fri. (daytime). Number of openings: 1.
Applicants who meet the requirements and are interested in being considered for this position should upload the following information:
A writing sample;
Three – five professional references (name, title, company name and phone number and email).
Deadline to apply for this position is April 21 @5 pm (Eastern Daylight Time).
EEO/AA/VETS/DISABILITY. APHA is strongly and actively committed to diversity in its workplace.
Additional Salary Information: APHA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.