Senior Associate, Communications (Public Relations)

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

Responsibilities:

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

Editorial

  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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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