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Job Title: Associate Manager of Media and Public Relations
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Organization: American Association of Poison Control Centers (AA
Posted: 9/18/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Communication
Industry: Non Profit / NGO
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Alexandria,  VA    USA
Compensation: $42K-$45K/year, plus excellent benefits
Position Description: AAPCC seeks an entry to mid-level, full-time communications professional. Reporting to the Vice President for National Outreach, Communications, and Membership, the Associate Manager of Media and Public Relations will perform the following tasks:

• Working with the Associate Manager of Digital Content and Social Engagement, assist with developing and executing AAPCC’s comprehensive annual communications plan. • Field incoming media inquiries via email and telephone. • Write and distribute press releases and other communications materials, and pitch stories to public relations contacts. Assist members with media messaging to encourage branding and message consistency across the poison control enterprise. • Regularly update and maintain three contacts lists: 1) PCC-based subject matter experts 2) Media and communications points-of- contact for each PCC 3) Pitch list of journalists and bloggers who have shown an interest in poison control-related stories, or asked for NPDS data previously. • Assist in assembling and distributing quarterly electronic public newsletter, and monthly members’ newsletter. • Create and disseminate weekly newsletter detailing media coverage for AAPCC and citing of its data, as well as mentions of AAPCC’s member centers and their staff members. • Update press and media-related content on as needed. • Contribute to the development of new and existing strategic partnerships and public education projects as assigned. • Serve as association liaison with, and coordinate activities of, certain member committees. • Other duties as assigned.

Travel is typically required for two weeks each year: For AAPCC’s annual Midyear Directors’ Meeting, which is typically 3-4 days between February and April, and for the annual North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, which is typically 4-5 days between September and October. Each of those events typically require commitment of evening and weekend work. Some additional conference travel may be requested, but no other evening or weekend work is expected.

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Health Communications, Health Journalism, or related field. • A minimum of two years’ relevant experience is preferred, with special consideration for candidates with experience working for nonprofit associations or public health organizations. Some professional experience in public relations and/or media, including writing press releases and other communications materials is required, as is a solid working knowledge of media outlets (print, broadcast, web, and new media). Relevant education and/or internships may be substituted for experience. • Must be a fluent user of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. Experience using Microsoft Outlook for contacts, email, and calendars is preferred but not required. • Experience using Meltwater or similar media intelligence service strongly preferred. • The successful candidate will have proven superb organizational skills, an eye for detail, a positive, team-oriented attitude, and proactive, resourceful approach to the workplace.

Organization Description: Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 55 regional poison control centers (PCCs), which provide free, private, expert information and treatment advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, through the national Poison Help line—1-800- 222-1222. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), funds the Poison Help line, and provides limited grant funding to PCCs. The Poison Control Program is authorized through Public Law 113-77, the Poison Center Network Act. Calls to poison control are answered primarily by certified specialists in poison information (e.g., specially trained nurses, toxicologists, pharmacists, and physicians). Each year, U.S. poison control centers answer more than 3.1 million calls about drug, consumer product, animal, environmental, food poisoning, and other issues. AAPCC accredits PCCs, certifies specialists in poison information, coordinates national- level poison education and prevention programs and collaborations, coordinates national meetings among poison center directors, toxicologists, and poison control educators, and provides advocacy support on issues relevant to poison control. AAPCC also owns and operates the National Poison Data System (NPDS). With data uploaded every 8 minutes, NPDS has 60 million case records, product-specific data about more than 420,000 products, and can detect and track poison exposure outbreaks. Finally, AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as HRSA, CDC, FDA, DEA, and EPA, as well as private industry.

Closing Date: 12/18/2017
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Contact Name: Krista Osterthaler,  Associate Manager of Media and Public Relations
Contact Location: 515 King Street
Suite 510
Alexandria   VA  22314
United States
Contact Location: 515 King Street
  Suite 510
  Alexandria   VA  22314
  United States
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How to Apply: To apply for this position, please submit the following three items directly to Krista Osterthaler via email. Contact information is available on

1) A cover letter describing specifically how your skills and experience are a good fit for this position, and your salary requirement. 2) Your resume. 3) A recent writing sample. Professional work is preferred, but academic work is acceptable.

Applicants who do not convey all three items will not be considered.

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