Communications Associate

07 Feb, 2019


Communications Associate

Association of American Railroads(AAR)
Washington, DC

The Association of American Railroads(AAR), the world’s leading railroad policy, research, standard setting and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry, seeks a hands-on Communications Associate based in Washington, D.C.  The ideal candidate has 3-5years’ experience in communications, preferably working on public-facing issue advocacy campaigns, and is a strong writer. Candidates should be fully capable of assisting communications with media, policymakers, industry stakeholders, coalitions, and allies, including through media relations, social media, email marketing and event management. This position has day-to-day responsibility for monitoring news, social and competitive landscape to identifying trends and opportunities for engagement on key rail issues.  Candidate will take a leading role in growing engagement with AAR-owned channels, including emails, website and social channels. This position also provides support for weekly team meetings, coordination with our agencies and promoting our activities with members and allies. This person must be a self-starter who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Attention to detail and working well within a team is essential. Core Functions: General Communications Support•Media relations support (triage calls, research, writing)•Monitor media coverage, assist with daily clips and identify trends, problematic information and opportunities for engagement Draft LTEs, op-eds, press releases and statements•Track and field media requests, coordinating with the Director of Media Relations on appropriate response•Monitor competitive, business and policy landscape; research issues; identify opportunities for engagement and provide background information and initial tactical recommendations •External Relations Support•Analyze and report on key reports and opinions from relevant stakeholders, particularly industry allies and detractors•Newsletter Support•Write and distribute weekly update to AAR membership on communication activities and deliverables•Proof, upload and distribute AAR’s newsletter, The Signal •Assess newsletter performance and provide recommendations for audience engagement and growth and content improvements•, Content and Social Support

AAR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.•Proofread and post new content and update the homepage to reflect the editorial calendar and news-of-the-day•Check site functionality, assess performance of website and recommend improvements•Coordinate withAAR’s Policy & Economics department on all regular data updates and ensure materials reflect most recent data (messaging, website, content, charts, etc.)•Recommend/help develop new content to support communications efforts•Provide social media support, including drafting, scheduling and posting content for AAR social media platforms•Team Coordination and Assistance•Provide general support to the team, including coordinating regularly scheduled meeting, overseeing logistics for meetings and events (invitations, space reservations, room set-up, catering), coordinating team vacation schedules •Help maintain editorial calendar and keep Airtable up-to-date•Assist with monthly billing, including processing all invoices, maintaining budget spreadsheet and working with finance to resolve any billing issues•Team lead for coordination with AAR Associates and Affiliates team (non-Class I Railroad participants in AAR)The above description of responsibilities is representative of the position and the knowledge and experience a successful candidate is expected to have when hired, but is not intended to limit or preclude other responsibilities and tasks that may be associated with or added to the position, based on the needs and strategic direction of the organization. Qualifications:•Bachelor’s degree in a related field •Combination of PR agency, Capitol Hill, non-profit and/or administration experience•Knowledge and experience in relevant transportation or policy issues•Established written and verbal communication skills across a variety of channels•Experience in devising and winning issue-advocacy campaigns•Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The AAR offers a competitive pay and bonus structure.  Interested applicants should visit the following link to apply for the position: Applicants may also contact the Human Resources Department at  Please note in the subject line “AAR-Communications Associate Position”.

Job posted: 2019-02-07