Communications/Editorial, Marketing, Public Relations
4 Year Degree
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY POSITION DESCRIPTION
TITLE: Public Relations/Communications Specialist
DATE: May 2017
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Director, Public Relations
POSITION SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:
This position serves as a liaison to media responding to general media calls, designating appropriate information sources, and coordinating interviews with ACR‘s Experts on Call. They will also work under the supervision of the Director, Public Relations, to draft press releases, letters to the editor and other media correspondence, and reviews daily clippings services for items of interest to support the ACR’s media activities. Additional responsibilities include press work related to the ACR Annual Meeting and the support of related activities as appropriate, such as working on public relations campaigns drafting website and collateral copy.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serves as one of the ACR’s media contacts for general media requests from journalists who wish to be connected with an ACR expert for articles that do not require official ACR comment.
Works at the direction of the Director, Public Relations, on public relations campaigns and media outreach. May draft or edit copy for various mediums (e.g., print, digital, social media, etc.), write press releases, letters to the editor, media pitches, and other media correspondence.
Disseminate press releases, media advisories, and statements in a timely manner via the ACR
website and wire subscription services.
Assist the Director, Public Relations with ACR Annual Meeting and professional meetings’ media relations activities such as drafting news releases, press registration, organizing press conferences, and arranging on-site interviews.
Maintains ACR’s Experts on Call list of member experts who can speak on various rheumatology-related issues, including finding or replacing member experts as needed.
Monitors daily news clipping services for news stories of interest to the ACR, and alerts Director, Public Relations and/or other staff/volunteers as appropriate.
Identify opportunities for proactive media outreach and draft media pitches.
Monitors the ACR and Simple Tasks editorial calendars and provide editorial support for the
Simple Tasks blog and social media outlets
Prepare Communications & Marketing Committee materials for the Annual Meeting Press slate.
Write copy for the ACR and Simple Tasks websites and collateral pieces.
Assist with Simple Tasks campaign outreach
Some travel, including but not limited to the ACR Annual Meeting, is required.
Any other duties as the Director, Public Relations or Senior Director, Communications, Marketing may assign.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing communications or related communications field
Two to three years’ progressive and relevant experience in a public relations setting or equivalent
Strong writing (including hard news, feature style, persuasive, Web and social media), proofreading and oral communication skills, and working knowledge of AP style
Team player; ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with a variety of individuals including the media, members, volunteers and staff
Ability to understand and summarize complex ideas and materials for general readers, editors, and reporters
Excellent attention to detail
Experience in an association environment highly desirable
Knowledge of JIRA/Confluence preferred
The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.
This is not a contract. The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates. In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.
The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology. The organization is for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that meet the mission through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support.
The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific m...eeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from around the world. A winter rheumatology symposium, spring clinical meetings, and other topical conferences round out the ACR's educational offerings.