The American Society of Hematology (ASH), a Washington, DC-based association of physicians and scientists committed to conquering blood diseases, seeks a dynamic and energetic Communications Manager to provide strategic direction and manage daily operations for the Society’s public relations and media engagement efforts, and other communications initiatives, to enhance the Society’s reputation as the world’s leading authority in hematology.
The Communications Manager reports to the Deputy Director of Communications and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Media Experts Subcommittee. The Communications Manager will develop strategies to maximize the Society’s share of voice in media coverage of breakthroughs in hematology, promote awareness of the contributions of hematologists to advancing the field of medicine, and collaborate with colleagues across the Communications Team and ASH on various public awareness campaigns. This position also oversees the development of the Society’s annual meeting press program which typically draws 200-300 reporters.
The Communications Manager manages the Society’s day-to-day PR efforts and directly supervises one team member and oversees the engagement of a consulting firm to support the work of the Society.
The Communications Manager will be an exceptional communicator with a strong leadership presence and impeccable editorial and organizational skills. The successful candidate will have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, although an advanced business degree is preferred. Candidates must have at least five years of related public relations and media relations experience with progressive responsibility overseeing marketing/communications functions. Direct experience overseeing a press room at a medical meeting is strongly preferred.
ASH has a collegial, high-energy, and results-driven work environment. Our staff take pride in effective time and resource management. We highly value collaboration, education, innovation, and excellence. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated these values in their day-to-day work experience. Your cover letter (required) and resume should address the qualifications outlined below.
ASH has a hybrid work environment, with core in-office days for all ASH staff on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and telework on Mondays and Fridays for eligible positions. The Society’s headquarters is in Washington, DC, and is within walking distance of several Metro stations on the Blue/Orange/Silver and Red lines.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED (Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately)
College degree required; advanced degree preferred.
A minimum of five years of related experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
Ability to work collaboratively to develop and execute broad strategies.
Exemplary writing and editing skills; experience with scientific/medical communications strongly preferred.
Strong leadership presence and leadership voice; excellent oral communications in small and large groups, ability to communicate effectively in writing to diverse audiences, and demonstrates active listening and ability to synthesize information from diverse sources when working with colleagues, members, and volunteers.
Social media expertise, both paid and organic, strongly desired.
Outstanding attention to detail.
Ability to efficiently manage time and budgets, meet schedules/deadlines, and handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
Computer proficient and adept at learning new software.
Experience collaborating and providing advice and counsel on effective PR in the context of Government Relations.
Experience managing a press room at a medical meeting strongly preferred.
Strong interpersonal skills, including professionalism and ability to work well with the ASH leadership.