Public Relations Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




3641 Faculty Boulevard
Virginia Beach
United States



Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers. For more information, visit . 

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General Description:

The Communications Specialist will work directly under the Vice President of Global Media Strategy and Public Relations to facilitate daily internal and external communications. Additionally the Communications Specialist will help coordinate communications with external media and community audiences to create positive perception and enhanced media coverage. This person possesses strong communication and copywriting skills. This position will also work closely with other departments, external partners and stakeholders to deliver superior communications plans that are strategic, measurable and aligned with organizational goals.



  • Assist VP in the development and management of internal communications (memos, newsletters, statements, policies, etc.)
  • Assist Director of Public Relations in creative development, dissemination and pitching of press materials including releases, advisories, and event invitations to internal and external markets
  • Assist Director of Public Relations in creation of targeted media lists
  • Serve as Webmaster for online Press Office requiring periodic updates
  • Develop quarterly metrics and analysis reports for inclusion in Board of Directors’ reports
  • Compile media reports for key national and international events as needed
  • Collaborate with internal departments, Partner Countries and International Foundations to research, develop and produce stories for media pitches
  • Help foster relationships with advocates and key organizational spokespersons
  • Administrative duties as needed


  Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or relevant field required
  • 2 years proven experience in related field


Characteristics/Skills Required:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational and planning abilities
  • Knowledge of media production, communication and dissemination methods
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills in AP style
  • Expert knowledge of MS Office
  • Expert knowledge of media monitoring tools like Cision, Meltwater or Muck Rack
  • Experience preparing media analytics and evaluation reports
  • Experience with Smart Sheet is a plus
  • Experience in web design and content production is a plus
  • Team-oriented, self-motivated, resourceful and persistent
  • Can excel in a rapidly evolving environment

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply