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Media Relations Specialist, Healthcare

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An immediate need for a Media Relations Specialist in support of government clients in Falls Church, VA. This position is in support of the Military Health System (MHS) Strategic Communications Office, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (HA).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.

Required Skills/Experience:
* Media relations planning and execution
* Key message development and supporting talking points
* Knowledge of public affairs policies and procedures
* Ability to work in fast-paced environment
* Work within a team, with leadership and Subject Matter Experts
* Self-starter, takes initiative, communicates frequently with team and leadership
* Flexibile, will step in to assist whenever/wherever needed

Requested Skills/Experience:
* Knowledge of Defense Department public affairs policies and practices is preferred.
* Former military journalists and PAOs are encouraged to apply. Job location is at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, VA.
* The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of professional experience in developing public relations and media campaigns, with crisis communications experience a significant plus

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