February 24, 2011

JOB OF THE WEEK: Animal Health Institute, Communications Manager

AHI logo Organization: Animal Health Institute

Position:  Communications Manager

Reports to:  Vice President, Legislative & Public Affairs 


General description:  Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with media and maintaining on-line and social media channels 


  1. Develop proactive media relations program, identifying and cultivating reporters to position AHI as a trusted source on animal health issues.
  2. Work with staff and members to develop and pitch story ideas.
  3. Write, edit and post text and multi-media content to the association’s websites.
  4. Work with staff members to maintain and update association’s internal web site.
  5. Develop ideas and content and regularly update social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter platforms.
  6. Execute timely and accurate completion of editorial services, including AHI Update (weekly) and AHI Annual Report.
  7. Perform daily media monitoring for news of interest to association members; supervise compilation of appropriate news clippings.
  8. Assist VP, legislative & public affairs in other public affairs duties including media response, news releases and collateral publications.
  9. Draft letters, briefing papers and issues papers as necessary for use in public affairs activities. 

Knowledge and skills:        

  1. Excellent and demonstrable writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  2. Strong experience and understanding of social media.
  3. Knowledge of website design and content management.
  4. Ability to work independently.
  5. Ability to project positive image of AHI and maintain professional standards.
  6. Good interpersonal skills.
  7. Familiarity with WordPress and Photoshop a plus. 

TO APPLY: For consideration, please submit resume in confidence to Ron Phillips (rphillips@ahi.org).

DEADLINE:  Friday, March 4, 2011 (PF tipster) 


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