Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.
This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.
The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Director, Science Media Relations in our Public and Media Relations department based out of our National Center office located in Dallas, TX ! This individual will be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-year strategic communication plans supporting and promoting AHA scientific statements/guidelines/advisories and scientific advances published in AHA’s signature medical journals and presented at AHA meetings/conferences through traditional media, social media and on other AHA owned channels. Responsible for developing appropriate resources to advance understanding and promotion of AHA as a leading science voice and AHA’s impact goal. Responsible for oversight, reviews, goal development and mentoring of the science media relations.
Responsible for the development and implementation of multi-year strategic communication plans supporting and promoting AHA scientific statements/guidelines/advisories, positions, products (statistical update, Top 10 Research Advances) and scientific advances published in AHA’s signature medical journals and presented at AHA meetings/conferences through traditional and social media, as well as AHA owned channels
Drive consumer and trade media engagement by developing strategies that will garner coverage in targeted media outlets and amplify the department’s impact on AHA’s life-saving mission among volunteers, internal stakeholders and external partners. Develops media opportunities and relationships for advancement of AHA’s goals. Identifies and capitalizes on opportunities to strengthening relationships with strategic alliances and external partners (ACC, ESC, etc.). Monitors and translates science, health and industry news related to assigned initiatives or programs to provide ongoing and innovative pitches/communications tools to optimize communications reach
Directs and manages communications team to collaborate with internal departments and program leads. Guides team to encourage creativity and growth in implementation of communications plan
Prepares and presents plans, reports and messaging to senior leadership to engage staff and volunteer support
Oversees and manages resources to maximize coverage while remaining fiscally responsible
Monitors the media landscape to ensure AHA can respond appropriately to breaking news related to heart and brain health and mitigate risk
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Science, English; Accredited in Public Relations (APR) or Certified PR Counselor (CPRC) preferred
At least eight (8) years of relevant experience
Extensive and diverse communications experience including developing strategic plans
Experience leading, supervising, and coaching staff
Budget development and oversight experience
Ability to communicate complex concepts to consumer audiences
Extensive media relations experience
Prior experience in Public Relations; agency or national corporation
Prior experience communicating health/medical information or scientific concepts
Accredited in Public Relations (APR) or Certified PR Counselor (CPRC) preferred
Ability to travel up to 20% local and overnight stay
Requisition ID 2019-4059