The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the national not-for-profit association, established in 1863 & representing over 95,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services, is seeking an Assistant Director of Media Relations to join our Marketing & Communications team located in our headquarters office in Schaumburg, IL. Structured to work for its members, AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. Our mission is to lead the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
Reporting to the Division Director of Public Relations and supervising a Media Relations team of 3; the Assistant Director is responsible for developing and implementing media relations strategies designed to promote, protect and advance the AVMA brand; and to enhance awareness and positive perceptions of the veterinary profession within the veterinary community and the general public. This position is also responsible for raising awareness of AVMA’s work on behalf of the veterinary profession through compelling media and social media outreach. Up to 10% travel.
The AVMA offers a flexible/supportive work environment & excellent benefits. Deadline for application is 2/16/20. Application must include cover letter, resume, & salary requirements. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the AVMA:
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an office in Washington, D.C., AVMA is structured to work for its members, and acts as a collective voice for its membership and the veterinary profession. AVMA provides a number of benefits to its members, including information resources, state and federal advocacy, opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine, continuing education opportunities, quality publications, and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget.
To be successful in this role, you must be highly collaborative and passionate about AVMA’s mission and increasing member satisfaction and engagement. Additional qualifications include:
5-7 years of related work experience in media relations/public information, preferably in an association
BS/BA or MS degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or a related discipline
Strong writing and editing skills are required
Must be enthusiastic and innovative
Strong supervisory and project management skills are required
Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written & verbal)
Must be able to interact and effectively communicate both with members of the scientific and non-scientific community
Able to organize, plan and manage group meetings
Must be able to handle multiple priorities and deadlines, functioning well autonomously and as a team member
Basic computer skills are required including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and various internet Web browsers
About American Veterinary Medical Association
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Government Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.