Advocacy Media Relations Specialist

06 Mar, 2020


Advocacy Media Relations Specialist

American Veterinary Medical Association
Schaumburg, IL or Washington, DC

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 Advocacy Media Relations Specialist to join our Marketing & Communications team.  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 Assistant Director of Media Relations, this position is responsible for promoting the AVMA, AVMA activities, and the veterinary profession to the media, AVMA members, key stakeholders and the general public and will contribute to the development of information pieces designed to enhance the public perception of the veterinary profession and the role the profession plays in animal and public health issues.  They will serve as the lead Marketing/Communications liaison to AVMA’s Government Relations Division and Division of State Advocacy, (located in AVMA’s Washington DC office) to develop communications materials designed to help advance the state and federal legislative and regulatory objectives of the AVMA. The Advocacy Media Relations Specialist is focused on pitching and promoting advocacy and regulatory topics to the national media and veterinary press, as well as coordinating AVMA’s response to media inquiries on these topics; including researching topics, identifying content experts, and writing and producing frequent press releases, information sheets, talking points and online web content. They also manage AVMA’s Congressional Advocacy Network, our online grassroots platform; and work with the social media team to engage media and influencers through AVMA social media channels and assist in responding to incoming media and stakeholder requests.  This position can be based in either our Schaumburg, IL or Washington, D.C. office, up to 25% travel.


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:


  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in government relations/media relations is required, association experience preferred
  • BS/BA in Communications, Journalism, or a related field
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Skilled at taking initiative and developing story ideas to support key AVMA strategies
  • Experience with local and national press and media
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Products
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills
  • Must be collaborative and able to communicate effectively with scientific and non-scientific communities
  • Must have excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines


The AVMA is truly a Great Place to Work offering a flexible and supportive work environment with excellent benefits.  Deadline for application is 4/4/20.  Application must include cover letter, resume, & salary requirements.  Submit to:


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.




Job posted: 2020-03-06