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Media Relations Specialist, Healthcare

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Media Relations Specialist in support of government clients in Falls Church, VA. The Media Relations Specialist should have 4+ years of media relations/public affairs experience, familiarity with the Defense Department procedures and processes and at least basic knowledge of the military healthcare system. Experience working in crisis communications is a bonus.This individual will be required to work on client site and therefore must either currently possess or be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance.

* Supporting the Public Affairs Officers and team Media Relations lead, the Media Relations Specialist will support under general guidance and direction, plan, develop and coordinate internal and external communications and media projects, programs, events, outreach and dissemination activities and media relations.
* S/he will work with Subject Matter Experts to research and write talking points, news releases and media advisories relating to military healthcare for various mediums, including online and print newsletters, journals, and magazines.
* The specialist will also staff and prepare SMEs for media interviews and work closely with Pentagon Public Affairs staff in addressing media queries relating to military health.
* The Media Relations Specialist will track and report media queries and activities through analysis and other sources.
* S/he keeps abreast of healthcare policy and relevant news stories and trends.
* S/he will works with SMEs, leadership and committees to develop media plans, distribution, and implementation strategies and to identify appropriate vehicles for reaching target audiences.
* BS/BA degree required.
* Ability to obtain Public Trust clearance is required.

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