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Director of Media and Digital Communications

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Silver Spring
Bachelor Degree 10 Year

The salary not being exposed by the employer means that you can negotiate based on the company's approach to employee work-life balance and well-being. The company has a job opening in Silver Spring, but is willing to consider applicants from other locations if they meet the necessary requirements. To ensure that your application is considered for the job, make sure to submit it before the expiration date as Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the recruiter for this vacancy, is strict about not accepting late submissions. The job offer for Director of Media and Digital Communications was released on May 2, 2024, and it will expire on May 30, 2024. It is necessary to fulfill the requirement of having passed Bachelor Degree to be eligible for this job. The work setting for this role is located at Silver Spring , MD , Silver Spring , MD.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Director of Media and Digital Communications

The Director, Media and Digital Communications role is responsible for contributing to the robust communications efforts of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, with a focus on media relations and digital strategy. The Director works with the AZA Senior Vice President of External Affairs, to execute the communications strategy for the association.
  • Lead AZA’s media relations and digital communications programs and execute strategies that advance association priorities
  • Manage communications team responsible for media and digital communications
  • Research and analyze reporter coverage areas, industry trends, and AZA data to develop innovative story digital content ideas
  • Serve as AZA’s spokesperson
  • Execute earned media strategy to assure public views the organization and its members favorably
  • Act as AZA staff liaison to relevant AZA committees, as appropriate
  • Work with AZA members on communications needs
Minimum Qualifications
  • 7 to 10 years of practical experience in public relations; zoo/aquarium, agency, Congressional, and conservation non-profit experience highly preferred
  • Comfortable with public speaking and communicating both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated experience with leading a media and digital team
  • Proven track record in managing public relations on cross-functional teams that work in concert with integrated government relations and marketing programs
  • Ability to write clear, impactful media materials
  • Attention to detail, deadline-focused and ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks
  • High degree of computer literacy, proficient in Microsoft Office suite, and other PR management tools
  • A keen enthusiasm for and demonstrable understanding of Web trends and technologies, and utilizing data analytics in strategic communications execution
  • Ability to interact effectively with various levels of management and other departments
  • Must be self-directed and able to work independently
  • Bachelor’s degree required; major in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism is strongly preferred
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.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

How to Apply

Please submit resume or CV, and cover letter for consideration to: Betsy Hildebrandt,

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Silver Spring, MD

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