Senior Associate, Communications (Public Relations)

Washington, DC
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin has a generous benefits package.
Jan 17, 2020
Metro Area
Full Time

The Communications Senior Associate (Public Relations) leads Sabin media and social media and develops a range of communications to promote the organization and its programs. The Senior Associate crafts clear messaging, develops winning pitch strategies, and has strong writing and editing skills.


Media Generation and Monitoring

  • Generate regular, strategic, high-quality media coverage of Sabin’s initiatives and projects through proactive and reactive engagement with media outlets
  • Serve as primary point of contact for press inquiries, screening inquiries and managing responses
  • Monitor and analytics:
  • Regularly monitor media related to Sabin and specific project topics
  • Conduct surveillance of the news cycle, research findings and social media and make recommendations based on surveillance activities to ensure Sabin takes advantage of key opportunities and responds in a timely manner
  • Build and sustain relationships with journalists in top-tier global print and broadcast media, as well as leading national outlets and thought-leaders in relevant fields
  • Coordinate press conferences, briefings, interviews and other related work


  • Provide writing, editing and copyediting services to support leadership and programs
  • Write press releases, op-ed pieces, blogs, backgrounders, invitations and official statements

Digital and Social

  • Manage Sabin’s social media accounts to regularly promote Sabin’s work and engage journalists, thought leaders and bloggers
  • Review and report on social metrics, flag key findings and recommend adjustments

Leadership Support

  • Prepare executive leadership for events, speaking engagements and press opportunities
  • Serve as the main media liaison for Sabin’s CEO and other senior executives
  • Elevate team accomplishments through quarterly reports to Board of Trustees

Sabin Corporate and Programs

  • Serve as liaison between communications and program staff to identify communication opportunities, develop program-related communications and promote project milestones
  • Produce semimonthly internal newsletter, highlighting organization, team and staff accomplishments
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as public relations, journalism, communications, English or public health
  • 4+ years relevant experience, preferably leading media relations
  • Preference for candidates with experience working in a public relations agency, corporate or major NGO communications group
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective communications strategies
  • Exceptional writing with an ability to translate complex or scientific topics into compelling messaging targeting a variety of audiences
  • Record of top-tier international print and broadcast media placement
  • Experience working with senior executives and partners in corporate, government and non-profit sectors preferred; knowledge of global health landscape a plus
  • Up-to-date knowledge and applied work experience in digital communications, including social media channels and analytics
  • Superb project management skills with the ability to anticipate problems and quickly identify solutions
  • Capability to advance multiple communications priorities and work independently under tight deadlines
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams; superior service orientation
  • Attention to detail and commitment to delivering high-quality work products
  • Ability to be flexible, creative, enthusiastic and optimistic

Why Sabin:

Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We are an innovative, collaborative and engaged team that values accountability, teamwork, partnership and driving impact. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail. Please be sure to reference “Senior Associate, Communications (Public Relations)” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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