Media Relations Specialist
This position will provide direct public relations and communications support to the Global Health Communications team. You will work directly with senior team members to develop pitch angles and place stories, follow media coverage and trending news in healthcare, and draft press releases, media alerts, and fact sheets. You need to understand how public relations works and have an aptitude for storytelling. You should have at least one to two years of public relations experience (agency or in-house) and have established relationships with health outlets and with health reporters at consumer lifestyle and business outlets. If you do not have relationships with core health media, relationships with general news media will be considered. Writing samples and examples of successful and recent media outreach will be expected. Experience with Cision and crisis communications is not a requirement, but preferred.
The position will, at times, require managing sensitive information in a confidential manner. The Specialist will work collaboratively across all departments within Special Olympics and across all regions, with strategic partners, athletes, celebrity Ambassadors, and the general public in person and by telephone.
Provide high-quality, reliable support for communications functions across the Health Department. Specific duties include the following:
- Execute successful national and international media relations
- Manage media inquiries and interview requests
- Create content for press releases, media alerts, byline articles and keynote presentations
- Maintain exceptional writing and editing skills and consistently deliver strong content for use in media relations and through Special Olympics owned channels
- Advise on social media engagement
- Develop error-free partner correspondence and reports based on monitoring of trends, media and social media coverage, etc.
- Monitor, analyze and communicate public relations results
- Work seamlessly with social media team and help deliver content
- Create and oversee editorial calendar of different media relations opportunities
- Manage vendors
- Provide communications support across the department in helping book travel, provide event support for communications team and other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, journalism or related discipline and relevant media relations experience
- Hands-on team player with ability to execute media projects
- Demonstrated understanding of public relations and media landscape
- Ability to pitch and secure media in national and international print, television and radio outlet, including online outlets
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and detailed project management skills are required
- Strong organizational skills, attention to details, and the ability to manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines and competing priorities
- Excellent presentation, interpersonal and communication skills
- The ability to thrive in a collaborative environment while independently managing projects
- Ability to occasionally work beyond regular business hours including occasional travel for administrative support
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Job posted: 2020-01-15