The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a national not-for-profit association, established in 1863 & representing over 93,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services, is seeking a Division Director of Public Relations to join our Marketing & Communications team located in our headquarters office in Schaumburg, IL. Structured to work for its members, AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. Our mission is to lead the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
Reporting to the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, this newly created role will set and guide the strategy and oversee the development of AVMA’s media relations and corporate communications teams to consistently articulate the mission and member value of the AVMA. This includes: national and trade media; crisis communications and reputation management; executive communications; and internal communications. The Director of Public Relations will lead initiatives that 1) ensure the AVMA is viewed as a leading source of authoritative information for audiences within the veterinary community; 2) enhance AVMA brand esteem and brand preference among AVMA members; and 3) enhance the perception of the veterinary profession among pet owners and the general public. The Director will work closely with the AVMA leadership as a communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives. Approximately 20% travel.
The AVMA offers a flexible/supportive work environment & excellent benefits. Deadline for application is 5/24/19. Application must include cover letter, resume, & salary requirements. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the AVMA:
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an office in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members, and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. The AVMA provides a number of benefits to its members, including information resources, state and federal advocacy, opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine, continuing education opportunities, quality publications, and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget.
To be successful in this role, you must be highly collaborative and passionate about AVMA’s mission and increasing member satisfaction and engagement. Additional qualifications include:
6+ years’ experience in a communications role, preferably with a nonprofit entity
BS/BA in communications, public relations, business or a relevant field, MS Degree a plus
Experience in media relations, social media, content development, internal and external communications and crisis communications
Advanced writing, editing and verbal communication skills with the ability to present ideas with clarity and vision
Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
Must be enthusiastic and innovative
Strong supervisory and project management skills are required
Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
Relationship builder with flexibility and the ability to manage by influence
Capable and experienced leader, people manager and coach
Excellent work ethic and able to prioritize and follow-through effectively
Willingness to share own ideas, even amongst senior staff and board members
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required
Must be accountable for and able to work outside of normal business hours as required
About American Veterinary Association
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Government Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.