The Communications Manager will play a lead role in planning and managing the Greater Missouri chapter’s media relations efforts and also provide social media support in the form of content and strategy development. This position is designed for a high energy, self-starter who is an avid consumer of the news and has a passion for developing creative media pitches and working with reporters. While the preference is for the position to be based in St. Louis, there is flexibility if the right candidate emerges from one of the other main markets in Region 6. This position reports to VP, Communications of Great Missouri.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop media relations strategy and story pitches in support of the Association’s awareness initiatives (e.g. Facts & Figures, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and more).
- Conduct year-round media relations - pitch development and outreach - to secure coverage and reach annual media impressions goals.
- Monitor local news on a daily basis to stay on top of what’s being covered, how, and by whom to identify key media reporters and outlets to target and get to know.
- Develop creative pitch angles to trending news coverage, leveraging Association programs/services and disease/caregiving experts.
- Serve as in-house reporter to unearth and flesh out compelling caregiver, volunteer, and constituent stories to use in media pitches.
- Contribute to the development of creative social media content and strategies that represent the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and drive engagement.
- Collaborate with a range of personalities, across all areas of the Association.
- Bachelor degree in journalism, communications, or a related degree.
- 3-5 years of communications experience, preferably in media relations. (NOTE: PR agency and professional news room and/or reporting experience a major plus.)
- Proven track record of securing solid media relations results.
- Exceptional writer with work samples available for review.
- Experience in developing compelling and creative content - both written and visual - for social media.
- Successful at building relationships and interviewing individuals to develop content, pitches, social media and spokesperson opportunities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to produce creative, concise, and clean copy for media pitches and social media
- Keen sense of newsworthiness
- Strong editing skills
- Strong project management skills
- Results oriented
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
- Team player and collaborator
- Creative and out-of-the-box thinker
- Driver’s license
Job Title: Communications Manager
Position Location: St. Louis
Full time based on 37.5 minimum week
Position Grade: 206
Reports To: VP, Communications
Who We Are:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.
We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website www.alz.org/jobs to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.
Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.
Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.