Senior News Media Relations Specialist, American Institute for Research, Atlanta, Ga.

American Institute for Research: Senior News Media Relations Specialist

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Part-time position: 40 hours/week
Position at the CDC in Atlanta. Relocation assistance is available for this position.


  • Develop and implement national communications projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
  • Develop and implement strategic media efforts to advance long-range communication objectives and manage short-term issues.
  • Provide strategic counsel on key message development
  • Work with communication team members to develop media outreach materials and activities, including press releases, press briefings, media fact sheets, opinion-editorials and press kits
  • Coordinate media outreach: ensuring national, regional, and local media are informed and accurately reporting the latest key findings that influence prevention policy and programs.
  • Media train subject matter experts and senior leadership for interviews.
  • Develop messaging to reach diverse audiences through the news media, including at-risk populations, stakeholders, health care providers, policymakers, and public health partners.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of media coverage and recommend refinement of approaches, messages, or overall strategy based on analysis.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Public Relations or Public Health
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • 10+ years media relations experience
  • Experience translating complex scientific, epidemiologic, and medical information into clear language and messages
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national media as well as best practices in advancing public health programs and policies through proactive and reactive media outreach.
  • Extensive experience developing and implementing national media strategies to a variety of audiences.
  • Proficient in Spanish preferred

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