Specialist, Communications & Research

14 Nov, 2019


Specialist, Communications & Research

Grocery Manufacturers Association
Arlington, VA
Position Overview:  The specialist, communications and research, will produce high-quality communication deliverables that contribute to the overall success of our strategic priorities.  Reporting to the senior director, industry narrative, this role will also support the communications team in day-to-day operations including projects across the function — from email strategy to content creation — that help drive our agenda forward.

Key areas of responsibility:


Association Marketing

  • Partner with internal customers to create and organize collateral materials.
  • Support the production, from concept to completion, of a broad array of digital and print collateral and communication materials for the organization.
  • Develop event marketing timeline and efforts, including the deployment of all member emails and creation of marketing materials.

Content Development and Distribution

  • Support development, writing and distribution of content and other updates on behalf of the organization.
  • Proofread materials and perform quality assurance checks for all email launches, external-facing products and collateral materials.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues related to HTML templates, list segmentation and other aspects of email execution.
  • Handle logistics for video shoots and events to ensure internal departments, member companies and vendors are coordinated.

Administrative Support

  • Streamline processes to improve division efficiency, including the organization and maintenance of file-sharing platforms.
  • Administer day-to-day division tasks, including coordinating internal meetings, processing invoices, routing contracts and managing subscriptions.
Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or related field required.
  • 1-3 years of related employment or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency with software including HTML, CSS, WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Premiere) desirable.


  • Strong written communication and proofreading skills.
  • Careful attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Passion for learning multiple facets of the communications field.
  • Advanced proficiency in Office 365 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility in learning new software and/or computer/technical applications.
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams.
Internal Number: HR19-11
About Grocery Manufacturers Association
GMA will relaunch as the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) in January 2020. The Grocery Manufacturers Association represents the world’s leading consumer packaged goods companies. The CPG industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, delivering products vital to the wellbeing of people’s lives every day. GMA’s mission is to empower the industry to grow and thrive. For more information, visit gmaonline.org. Our 40-person staff enjoy working in an agile environment in our vibrant, sunny office space in Arlington, VA just a five-minute walk from the Rosslyn metro station. GMA offers competitive comprehensive medical (including an HSA option) and dental coverage, a generous 401k match and discretionary contribution program, and transportation benefits (free parking, metro stipend, or even BikeShare membership). Other perks include FSAs, our free fitness center, life insurance coverage, free caffeination, free healthy snacks, and more. For more information, visit gmaonline.org. GMA is an equal opportunity employer that supports a diverse workforce. We seek candidates for employment based on knowledge, skills and abilities that are relevant to job performance. We do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
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Job posted: 2019-11-14