Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

30 Apr, 2022


Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA)
Washington, D.C.

The Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA) is the leading voice fighting to ensure that Americans have access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices.  CHPA is seeking a Senior Manager of Communications & Media Relations to lead its dietary supplements communications strategy and support CHPA’s overall consumer healthcare communications.  This opportunity is located at CHPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and offers a hybrid work environment (three days of telecommuting per week).  CHPA offers competitive compensation and benefits, flexible scheduling and time-off options, and opportunities to grow and develop professionally.  As a prospective and/or new employee, you will be required to comply with the company’s vaccination protocol.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, the Senior Manager of Communications & Media Relations is a key member of CHPA’s Communications Department and works closely, collaboratively, and in accordance with the overall media relations leadership of CHPA’s Director of Communications & Media Relations.  The Senior Manager helps serve the communications needs in the consumer healthcare space with a particular focus on supporting our dietary supplements and nutrition science team led by the Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Dietary Supplements.  The Senior Manager is a part of CHPA’s cross-functional team that includes Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Government Affairs, Communications, Operations, and the President’s Office.  This position serves as a communications subject-matter expert, thought-partner, and media liaison.

The Senior Manager provides communications support for a variety of strategic priorities, programs, and content (internally and externally), including developing and advancing content (often scientific and technical in nature) to influence consumer healthcare policy.  This position coordinates the placement and posting of content and provides communications-related support to staff and CHPA’s member companies.

The Senior Manager will take a relationship-based approach when working with a variety of key stakeholders and thought partners, including CHPA staff and its member companies; external audiences in the consumer healthcare space; and third-party organizations, media, policy makers, opinion leaders, PR agencies, and consumers.  The Senior Manager assists the Director in vetting media opportunities and helping to manage CHPA’s response to news, events, issues, and crises as they arise.  This position does not have direct reports.



  • Write and edit a variety of editorial materials bound for public audiences, including press releases, statements, byline articles, op-eds, presentations, publications, blogs, educational collateral, etc.
  • Work across all media (traditional and social) to strategically communicate consumer healthcare messages.
  • Support media relations efforts in coordination with the Director, helping to identify proactive and reactive media opportunities and coordinate rapid responses to breaking news, events, issues, and crises as they arise.
    • Conduct nutrition and wellness media surveillance and analyze news stories for their relevance and content;
    • Maintain media lists and identify opportunities to foster relationships with reporters;
    • Develop scientific and medical writings for consumer and industry stakeholder use;
    • Coordinate technical and scientific positions and content development that advances the credibility of the dietary supplements category;
    • Support development of releases, media statements, and related social media;
    • Coordinate online newsroom and web copy updates, as needed;
    • Increase visibility of CHPA meetings/supplement educational events through media outreach.
  • Work with appropriate staff, member companies, and related organizations to develop positions, talking points, and press materials on issues of importance to industry.
  • Develop metrics and measurements to evaluate program success, reach, and impact.
  • Draft and build bi-weekly member newsletter featuring dietary supplement news and updates.
  • Organize and lead meetings for the Dietary Supplement Communications Subcommittee.


Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate information to a variety of audiences, internally and externally
  • Ability to create diverse content for a variety of audiences, including both highly technical and basic literacy levels
  • Ability to multitask, work well under pressure, balance competing priorities, and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and contribute to a dynamic working environment


Required Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, communications, or related field
  • Minimum of six years of communications/media relations
  • Experience developing content for all media, including broadcast, print, Internet, and radio
  • Experience in the healthcare sector or associations is preferred


How To Apply

If you believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to the Apply button.

Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at or contact 202-232-1765.


About The Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA)

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 141-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices.  CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.  CHPA fosters employee engagement and rewards staff through challenging work, competitive compensation and benefits, flexible scheduling and time-off options, as well as opportunities to grow and develop professionally.

Based on the recommendations from Global Health Authorities, all CHPA employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as an additional mitigation measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  CHPA understands that certain employees may not be able or willing to receive the vaccine due to a variety of factors, including medical contraindication and a sincerely held religious belief.

EEO Statement

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is committed to equal employment opportunity and makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, veteran or military status, union affiliation or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law (the “Protected Categories”).

CHPA is committed to fostering, cultivating, and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion to make us better able to achieve our mission of empowering self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.

CHPA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


About Cessna & Associates, LLC

Cessna & Associates, LLC is a boutique HR consultancy partnering with mission driven, non-profit organizations.  Our goal is to identify the best potential candidates that the market has to offer.

The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fuels Success

Cessna & Associates embraces and celebrates the strength that diversity brings to our organization.  Just as we are deliberate in our own pursuit of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, our efforts support our clients’ DEI success. We drive every search with an unyielding focus to create an even playing field for all candidates and assess their ability to be “culture adds,” not merely “fits” for our clients.  Our team builds and nurtures this rich tapestry of diversity for ourselves and for our clients.

Job posted: 2022-04-30