Saturday, September 24, 2011

Media Coordinator, ASPCA, New York, NY

Media Coordinator
Media and Communications
Development & Communications
New York, NY

Job Summary:
The Media Coordinator provides broad assistance for the successful implementation of the ASPCA’s communications function, with a strong focus on, but not limited to, media communications. This position will include drafting and writing of communications.

This position also performs some administrative tasks, including, but not limited to, scheduling meetings, checking and responding to pressline telephone/e-mail messages as requested, collating press clips, etc. Candidate must possess strong writing skills and be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

Job Responsibilities:
Day-to-day responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assist Senior Manager and Manager(s) in the execution of communications duties as assigned, including but not limited to, drafting, editing and distributing press releases, media/photo advisories, calendar listings, public service announcements, articles for newsletter and website, social media, letters to editors; developing press lists; conducting research, etc.
Compose, type, proofread, distribute and copy materials including memos, newsletters, meeting agendas/minutes, reports and other documents, as required
Assist Internal Communications with writing assignments and updates to the ASPCA Intranet
Develop and maintain relationships with external audiences, both media and non-media, to convey the ASPCA’s message
Coordinate specific PR tasks and/or events with other departments under supervisor’s guidance
Research animal welfare industry and related issues to maintain a current knowledge base
Monitor media to report coverage that affects the ASPCA, its programs and partners; create and disseminate monitoring reports
Coordinate production/distribution of material with other ASPCA departments as needed
Create, update and maintain press kits, media lists and media materials, as required
Serve as a point of contact for media and non-media inquiries alike for various ASPCA staff, as required
Log/archive press clips, media interviews and media outreach
Update and maintain project checklists, timelines, etc., and assist in the creation of business documents such as charts and tables, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
Assist with the preparation and distribution of plans, agendas, minutes, reports, etc., and provide secondary or tertiary support to other team members, as required
Participate in Media & Communications departmental meetings and work cross-functionally with other members of the team
Maintain files on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, inter- and intra-departmental projects, news releases, etc., and other administrative duties as assigned
Communicate and report to supervisor on consistent and regular basis
Projects and responsibilities may be added or changed at supervisor’s discretion
Willing to be available as emergency contact after business hours, on holidays and weekends, as required, which includes being available via mobile 24/7

BA, BS in communications or related field
Internship in communications or related field a plus

Two-to-three years related experience in the practice of public relations and/or communications required
Clerical/admin skills and experience a must
Public relations agency experience a plus

Knowledge Requirements:
Knowledge of fundamental public relations principles, procedures and applications
Ability to follow and report on animal welfare trends reported in the media
Knowledge of and experience with social media
Knowledge of and experience with IBM-compatible computers, word processing software, and other office equipment
Working knowledge of MS Office Suites, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat
Knowledge of AP Style
Knowledge of media research software such as Vocus, Lexis Nexis/Factiva/FNS, etc.
Working knowledge of Internet resources
Understanding of the ASPCA’s mission, programs, policies and positions

Skills Requirements:
Must possess strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to draft press releases, memos, and other communications, and clearly express thoughts to others and exchange information
Strong work ethic, creativity and passion for field
Ability to work effectively on an intra- and inter-departmental level
Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and on multiple deadlines
Ability to maintain confidentiality of files or other documents
Ability to work effectively on an intra- and inter-departmental level
Proficiency in word processing and database computer programs, as above
Ability to work independently
Outstanding time management and organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and multi-task
Ability to take direction, work rapidly and meet deadlines under pressure
Ability to maintain good working relationship with the public, employees, and department staff
Ability to conduct photography that meets standards for publication or other media use a plus

Training Requirements:
Appropriate FEMA/ICS training courses
Additional Information:
Must be a legal resident of the United States and be able to provide proof of authorization to work in the United States
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, long days and weekends, if required

Our generous benefit package includes the following for full-time employees and (if qualified, we offer domestic partner coverage!) Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, 401(k), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Transit checks, Tuition Assistance Program, Training Seminars, EAP, 50% hospital discount, Vacation, Sick, Personal & Company Holiday time off.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply here.

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