The Communications Manager plays a central role in managing AACAP’s communications activities and strategies that help advance the organization’s mission and priorities and increase awareness and visibility. The Communications Manager works under the direction of the Director, Communications & Member Services, and in collaboration with the Member Services team. The Communications Manager engages with the entire AACAP staff across multiple program areas. Work focuses on creating compelling and strategic communications content to advance the mission of AACAP.
This position is responsible for creating deliverables and managing strategies (both online and in print) to support internal and external communications. The role includes communications strategy development, content development, calendar building, light graphic design, and oversight and participation in all elements of AACAP’s social media efforts.
Strong reporting, writing, and editing skills, as well as command of AP Style is a must. Excellent organizational and analytical skills with unwavering attention to detail required. The individual must manage multiple projects at once, including overseeing AACAP’s JobSource Program and serving as the Production Editor for AACAP News – our bi-monthly membership newsletter.
The position requires excellent writing skills and a strong project management foundation. The Communications Manager is responsible for writing press releases, working with both members and staff, generating articles for internal and external publications, and managing AACAP’s social media presence/footprint. This position has the freedom to execute their own ideas, but will be responsible for measuring and reporting on the success of campaigns and initiatives, especially for social media.
To complement our Communications team, we seek a proven leader and creative digital expert with outstanding communications, project management, content development, and organizational skills. The ideal candidate is capable of working across disciplines, happy to embrace and lead change, and ready to help bring AACAP’s communications efforts to the next level.
Manages all internal and external communications campaigns, including but not limited to: social media, email communications/marketing, and media follow-up
Manages AACAP’s communications strategy across multiple channels, including social media, brand management, and new publications
Serves as Production Editor for AACAP News, Owl Newsletter, and AACAP’s Annual Report
Works with all departments to send targeted emails and manages the email calendar
Manages tone and voice on social channels and works closely with members, staff, and others on crisis management as needed
Manages AACAP’s online advertising and recruitment tool (JobSource) as well as AACAP News advertising
Ensures adherence to style guidelines across all internal and external communication channels
Receives and fields media speaking requests, and works with appropriate departments on execution and promotion
Works with Director and Web Manager to monitor content of website, especially homepage
Manages special projects and other duties as required helping to promote department’s success
Stays up-to-date on all current social media landscape changes, trends, and best practices
Serves as staff liaison for multiple AACAP committees
Manages member feedback including emails, phone calls, and onsite
Assists with onsite/events including registration, logistics, and preparation
Strong strategic skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems, balance the needs of diverse groups, and carry projects through at a high level of excellence, on time and on budget.
Proven abilities in verbal, written, multimedia, and presentational communication skills, with demonstrated ability to clearly convey complex ideas to a variety of audiences
Preferably have a breadth of experience spanning writing, editing, and basic design
Fluency in multiple communications and marketing channels – especially social media – and data analytics
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
Serious attention to detail and a commitment to excellence
Managing production of creative projects, such as ads, infographics, and other collateral
Manages day-to-day workflow for communications team including newsletters, media monitoring, weekly calendars, etc.
Engages in variety of communications research tasks that support overall strategic goals of AACAP
Advanced knowledge and understanding of social media platforms and strategies to drive engagement and grow/increase presence across platforms
Ability to work under pressure and set priorities in a fast-paced environment
Ability to meet deadlines consistently, particularly those requiring very quick turnaround
Willingness to work during non-standard business hours
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with other staff members
BA or BS Degree in Communications or related field
Two to four years working in communications or marketing field
Flexible approach to changing priorities and methods
Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as projects require
Excellent customer service skills
Self-driven, confident with high standards of quality
Innovative, creative self-starter
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Comfortable working in a small, closely-knit office without a lot of formal structure
Excellent computer skills – Microsoft Suite
Familiarity with Adobe Suite and/or InDesign
Experience with iMIS is a definite plus
Additional Salary Information: AACAP provides a congenial working atmosphere and a convenient location in the Cathedral area of Northwest Washington, DC. For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements.Competitive salary commensurate with education, training, and relevant experience.
Internal Number: CM_050919
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The Mission of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.
The Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership based organization, composed of over 9,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.