Communications and Public Relations Manager

03 Mar, 2021


Communications and Public Relations Manager

Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Washington, DC

The Communications and Public Relations Manager is responsible for conveying accurate, clear, and consistent communications from the organization to the members, general public and media. This position manages the Society’s public relations strategy and projects, including but not limited to media relations and digital engagement. This role identifies and builds productive relationships with social and personality psychology experts, the media, and members to disseminate and promote social and personality psychology research.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties that occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job)

Media and Public Relations (40%)

Create, implement, and manage strategic public relations plans to promote social and personality psychology research
Develop and manage the comprehensive media strategy for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual convention
Write, publish, and distribute press releases and media tip sheets

Identify, recruit, and pitch social and personality psychology experts

Cultivate, develop, and maintain productive relationships with the media to place member research
Develop, build, and maintain relationships with partner organizations, membership and external stakeholders to promote personality and social psychology
Liaise with production editors and university media offices on publishing schedules and embargos
Build and maintain a current database of media contacts
Serve as primary staff contact for the Character & Context Blog (work with the editors to accomplish goals, review blogs and promote)
Communications (40%)

Lead execution of the Marketing and Communications function across the Society (e.g. team meetings, editorial calendar)
Review and edit member e-blasts to ensure clear and consistent communications.
Design and manage social media strategies to include content development, scheduling, and posting. Manage part-time consultant to execute tactics.
Track, analyze, and present social, media and web metrics for review by internal stakeholders.
Remain current with new digital technologies and social media best practices
Government Relations (20%)

Serve as staff liaison for the Government Relations Committee
Monitors strategic direction of the committee to help facilitate the completion of their responsibilities, and provide progress reports to leadership
Monitor policy actions and facilitate SPSP participating in sign-on statements, calling members to action and making statements in support of our members

Minimum Required:

Preferred Level:


(Degrees and/or


Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, or Science.


Yrs and type

Minimum of five years of prior related experience working within a communications department.

Individual scientific membership association experience.

General Skills & Abilities

(Interpersonal, Language, Math, Reasoning, etc.)

· Demonstrated record of success developing strategic communication plans and digital outreach programs

· Demonstrated ability to anticipate media opportunities that can be used to advance organizational objectives

· Strong oral and written communication skills (to include strong skills in editing and grammar)

· Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

· High level of initiative, problem solving skills, sound judgment and ability to be flexible and adapt to shifting priorities

Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity of people and ideas in the field of social psychology and personality psychology

Computer Skills

Knowledge of Association Management systems; Project Management software; Microsoft Office products.

Microsoft Teams, Informz, Google analytics.

Telecommuting is allowed.

About Society for Personality and Social Psychology
SPSP – the Society for Personality and Social Psychology – is a professional membership association with a US and international membership of approximately 7,000 psychologists, students, and others who share a common interest in social and personality psychology.

Job posted: 2021-03-03