Press Secretary

Purpose: 

Aerospace Industries Association seeks a Press Secretary to work with the communications team to provide proactive media relations support to the Office of the President and CEO as well as Association division leaders. This position will serve as a news generator for the Association as well as a point of contact for the media, social media input, and editor for web and written publications.

Media Relations:

  • Work with the Association’s media relations director to generate stories about the industry, interviews for our leadership and serve as a point of contact for reporters
  • Pitch stories to national, regional and local media outlets
  • Coordinate interviews with members of the media and Association content experts
  • Assist in all aspects of preparing AIA staff for media interviews
  • Facilitate rapid communication responses
  • Serve as point of contact for the AIA media database and maintain media lists
  • Work with internal teams to build/bulk up division-relevant media lists (ex: Export-focused, acquisition/business, etc.)
  • Scan clips in the morning and add any article authors that are not currently included in our master media list

Strategic Communications:

  • Assist the Communications team in implementing the organization’s strategic communications plan
  • Support the Association’s multi-media manager with day-to-day activity on social media and assist in creating and implementing AIAs social media strategy
  • Develop monthly media/social media tracking updates for leadership staff.
  • Report the quarterly financial results of our executive committee companies to senior staff

Writing:

  • Write, edit, fact check, and format news articles, web content, member correspondence, social media content, press releases, op-eds, marketing materials, and publications
  • Assist with writing the current Association on-line publications and blogs
  • Assist with the preparation of speeches for AIA leadership and other staff members
  • Provide editorial assistance across the association
  • Update and edit content on the website, with minimal HTML formatting
  • Work with Association staff to help ensure adherence to AP Style guidelines and overall AIA branding

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Communications; Journalism; or similar course work
  • Five years of experience in communications (ideally in journalism, a communications firm, non-profit, or on Capitol Hill)
  • Ability to exercise solid communications judgment and feel comfortable knowing when, what and with whom they should be communicating, both internally and externally
  • Track record of working well with national and regional media
  • Strong, clear, and concise writing style
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • Ability to work independently to prioritize work, set timelines, and make adjustments to work priorities as necessary
  • Understanding of, or willingness to, understand the aerospace industry and the complex relationships among the federal government, agencies, members companies and elected officials
  • Strong knowledge of social media
  • Proficient with Microsoft Suite
  • Basic experience with and knowledge of HTML
  • Basic experience with and knowledge of online media databases and media monitoring services

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