Specialist, Public Relations

04 May, 2022


Specialist, Public Relations

American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

Seeking a team player with a strong communications background and experience with consumer awareness campaigns, strategy, and communications tactics and channels. The right candidate will also have some experience in policy and reaching media that cover issues related to health policy and the Hill to assist in promoting APTA’s policy priorities.

A member of the public relations team that implements efforts to support organizational priorities and activities within the Public Relations department Supports unit efforts with a focus on departmental contributions to public engagement strategy for Association.  Participates and support efforts for appointed and member volunteer groups and APTA leadership. Supports preparation of compliance requirements and documents and seeks out opportunities for continuous quality improvement in department activities.  Effective champion of the Association vision, mission and brand.

Principal Functions

This position:

  • Implements work plans related to respective activities of the public relations department which align with organizational priorities and the Association’s public engagement strategy.
  • Prepares and completes required departmental compliance forms as outlined below including ensuring required information is accurate for timely submission of all required forms.
  • Contributes to and implements recommendations on advancing operations within the department to gain efficiencies, and grow revenue, if applicable.
  • Contributes to quality assurance and continuous quality/performance improvement in department activities, including supporting department director, and unit leader in annual assessments of respective budget activities described above.
  • Supports the Public Affairs team in the implementation of the Association’s programs, priorities, and projects in partnership with department director and staff colleagues.
  • Prepares in consultation with the Director, department level data which supports and aligns with the APTA data strategy.


  • 8+ years’ experience in public and media relations both for the consumer and public policy/legislative target markets.
  • Undergraduate degree in Public Relations or Communications required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Strong computer and public relations database software experience required.
  • Experience using social media to further organizational public and media relations objectives.
  • Experience in a member-oriented association preferred.
  • Established consumer and public policy media contacts.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: jobs@apta.org.

Equal Opportunty Employer: The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information please visit e-verify.uscis.gov.

APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience, mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff community.

Position is located in Alexandria, VA.

Principals only: no agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human Resources.

Job posted: 2022-05-04