Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Works in a team environment with the Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy on all tasks relating to AZA communications efforts, including providing communication guidance to AZA members.
- Develops, writes, edits and disseminates press materials, brochures, web copy, magazine articles, social media posts, and other items as necessary to the media, AZA members, and the general public.
- Conducts research and monitors the media for information relating to AZA members and related conservation initiatives.
- Assists with media relations for AZA, including responding to media inquiries, making contacts, maintaining lists, and researching journalists.
- Works with vendors on the development of event/collateral materials for communications initiatives and organizes distribution to AZA members.
- Performs other duties as requested by the Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy or his/her designee.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
- 4-6 years of related experience;
- Experience in public relations or related field required;
- Experience with social media;
- Experience with Windows-based software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading abilities required;
- Skill in effectively and accurately communicating information;
- Demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities, resources, goals and project initiatives to meet deadlines;
- Experience with working with the media, including making contacts, maintaining lists, and researching journalists;
- Highly organized and self-motivated and able to manage multiple tasks while functioning effectively as a team member under pressure;
- Experience with researching and communicating data, such as polling results;
- Familiarity with data analytics, design software, online communications tools and other public relations platforms such as Hootsuite, Talkwalker, Meltwater, and Teamwork a plus;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AZA staff and Association members.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
- Should be comfortable sitting or standing for long periods of time in front of a computer screen.
- Ability to travel to two (2) AZA meetings per year.
- Should be able to function in a busy office environment with ambient noise levels.
- All employees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, as permitted by law.