Director, Strategic Communications and Media Relations

05 Jan, 2019


Director, Strategic Communications and Media Relations

American Academy of PAs
Alexandria, VA

Job description

About AAPA:

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) is the national professional society for PAs (physician assistants). PAs are medical providers who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. Today there are more than 123,000 PAs in the United States and the profession is expected to grow another 37 percent between 2016-2026.

About this role:

The Director, Strategic Communications & Media Relations is one of two director-level positions reporting to the Vice President of Communications. They will be an enthusiastic self-starter, who enjoys working with people and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The Director of Strategic Communications & Media Relations should have the ability to analyze and synthesize complex information, distilling it into more easily-understandable formats.

This position is responsible for providing AAPA state chapters with strategic communications support and counsel to advance legislative priorities. Guidance includes but is not limited to, media relations, social media, and advertising. Additionally, they respond to daily media inquiries while proactively identifying and leveraging opportunities to gain visibility for AAPA and for the PA profession with national, trade and local media. They also prepare briefing materials for the President and the CEO of AAPA, or other leaders taking part in media interviews on behalf of the organization.


  • Advanced degree, professional affiliations or other relevant formal training are a plus.
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in a communications-related field.
  • Experience in public health or healthcare field a plus.
  • Experience advising top executives.
  • Demonstrated experience working with national media.

For a more in depth job description including specific responsibilities, additional qualification requirements, and to apply, please visit our website.

The American Academy of PAs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability and any other classification protected by law.

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Job posted: 2019-01-05