American Humane seeks an ambitious Communications Specialist with experience pitching media to join our team. This position is a hybrid of remote and office-based work based at American Humane's office in Palm Beach, FL. The Communications Specialist will report to the SVP of Communications & Legislative Affairs.
American Humane is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. As we seek to fill this position, we highly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
For more than 100 years American Humane has been first in promoting the welfare and safety of animals and strengthening the bond between animals and people. We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation.
Responsible for promoting the mission and work of American Humane and serves as the Palm Beach media relations specialist, promoting and staffing its President and CEO. Produce quality communications material across platforms and work independently to achieve results. The Communications Specialist will pitch and coordinate media opportunities, produce written materials, support events and ensure quality and consistency in messaging with master brand of the organization.
Pitch members of the press (i.e. reporters, television network producers, etc.) on a regular basis.
Help develop and implement strategic media outreach plans for specific announcements, programs and events.
As needed, prepare internal and external spokespeople for media appearances to ensure that they publicly represent the organization in an accurate, positive manner.
Serve as media liaison for local and regional CEO centered press appearances and photo shoots including: American Humane events with press attendance Hero Dog Awards; in-studio television appearances; press conferences; and interviews on location (e.g. during a rescue mission), among others.
Build and maintain productive working relationships with members of the local and regional press to maximize opportunities for earned media coverage.
Write and distribute press releases; keep up-to-date distribution lists for press releases and announcements.
Assist with other communications needs as assigned.
Assist with managing social media accounts and website for the President and CEO as well as some American Humane programs to increase brand recognition and maximize outreach efforts.
Field questions from the media.
Coordinate booking and production of CEO’s radio, video and other audio appearances.
Provide additional media and writing support for American Humane, including fundraising and development efforts.
Essential experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Five to seven years of professional experience in public relations, communications, media relations, or related field.
Must love to pitch and demonstrate results.
Strong communication skills with proven ability to present, write and edit, and to do so in a clear, concise, well-organized and well-articulated manner.
Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
Self-disciplined, entrepreneurial, action-oriented style that thrives in a start-up environment; strong work ethic.
Ability to produce high-quality work on deadline and under pressure. Comfortable managing multiple projects, priorities and deadlines at one time.
Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
Sound judgment and discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.
Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to establish and implement systems and identify resources to ensure the successful completion of projects. Ability to create and maintain files, recording systems and communication protocols.
Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently and across departments to meet goals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer and office technology including applications for project and data management and electronic calendars (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook preferred). Ability to quickly learn software specific to the department or institution.
Physical demands and work environment:
Position will be a hybrid of in-office and remote-telework based out of the Palm Beach, FL office location with regular telework schedule based on organizational policy, need and manager discretion. Must be based in the greater Palm Beach area, no exceptions.
Must be o.k. being around animals, especially dogs, in the office and at events and other functions.
Travel required, potentially up to 25%-50% at times.
Occasional need for hours beyond regular office hours, including some evening and weekend work.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee will regularly be required to:
Sit or stand for extended period
Look at and work off of a computer screen for extended periods
Talk, hear and exchange information over the telephone, virtually and in-person.
American Humane’s core values define our workplace, and these values serve as the cornerstone for interactions in advancing our mission and institutional goals. Employees are expected to adhere to all organizational policies and to act as role models, demonstrating American Humane’s core values:
Compassion – Being kind and caring in our interactions with others.
Accountability - Holding ourselves to the highest standards. Following through on commitments and owning our actions, behavior, and decisions.
Respect for All – Being professional, listening to others and honoring diversity in all its forms.
Loyalty to Mission – Staying focused on our purpose and our mission – our nation’s most vulnerable depend on us.
Sustainability - Contributing to being a great place to work and achieving our shared mission and goals to make a difference, now and in the future.
Honesty, Integrity, Trust – Demonstrating transparency, as trusted stewards of donor resources, supporting our leadership and one another.
American Humane (AH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to fostering and growing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and the humane space.
Do you want to help us help animals?
For more than a hundred years American Humane has been first in promoting the welfare and safety of animals and strengthening the bond between animals and people. We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation.
American Humane is a unique organization that offers challenging career opportunities to its employees. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in Los Angeles, CA and Palm Beach, FL, we offer a friendly, professional atmosphere. American Humane offers equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, partnership status, parental status, physical or mental disability, age, membership in any labor organization..., political affiliation, creed, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or genetic information in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law