Communications Associate

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Well respected non-profit in Washington, DC, who is the largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information is seeking a seasoned Communications Associate to work on-site. This is a long term contract.

The Communications Associate is responsible for leading the production and communication of a full range of materials to effectively support the advancement of the company.

Specific responsibilities may include:
• Serve as the media relations coordinator including: 1.) creation of news releases, written statements, media/customer talking points, Q&As on key issues, and other communications materials 2) Placing news in key media outlets, monitoring coverage, fielding media inquiries
• Advance brand strategy and development by creating content for client's marketing communications collateral
• Manage website content for both the client's webpages and the annual conference sites
• Write Reports: Monthly Institute report, Committee updates, quarterly reviews, year in review
• Own, manage and execute day-to-day social media presence across all social channels (Linked-in, Facebook and Twitter posts, plus analytics)
• Create and produce signage and banners
• Maintain a communications budget

Qualifications:
* A degree in communications and/or public relations or comparable experience
* Knowledge and experience with general marketing communications practice
* A minimum of 5 years of related experience in public relations/communications
* A strong ability to research, write, and edit materials generated or produced by staff
* Proven ability to apply all forms of social media to achieving business objectives
* Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat as well as marketing distribution packages such as ConstantContact. Knowledge or working ability with website content software such as CMS preferred. Graphics design and creativity experience (ex. Adobe Illustrator CS5) is a plus
* The ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into language easily comprehensible to non-specialists and non-scientific audiences
* Freedom to travel to meetings