Job Description

The Senior Associate Director, Media Relations creates and implements a variety of media relations and communication strategies in support of the Association's efforts in advocacy and representation. The incumbent is part of a collaborative team working with all departments of the AHA to enhance public awareness of the AHA, its members and positions.


 Serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the Association's members. Respond to numerous inquiries from the media in an accurate and timely manner, exercising good independent judgment and discretion at all times.

Take initiative to propose, write and edit clear, concise, and effective communications via statements, releases, talking points, letters and other appropriate vehicles to advance AHA's advocacy efforts.

Think strategically to develop communications to proactively tell the hospital story to different external audiences including media, influencers and consumers.

Plan and implement strategies for communicating AHA's legislative and regulatory priorities.

Prepare AHA senior staff, board members and members for media interviews.

Build and maintain relationships with national, regional and state reporters. Work with state association public relations executives to support major media issues and initiatives.

Manage projects and issue areas with independence.



  1.  Required Education: Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Media Relations, Public Relations, Journalism, English and/or related field.
  2. Required experience: 7-10 years. Minimum 7 years of experience within a communications and/or media relations environment. Experience in a hospital or a health care association and/or experience on Capitol Hill.

Knowledge Requirements:

  1. Knowledge of legislative process and ability to learn health policy issues and federal health programs.
  2. Exceptional writing/editing skills with the ability to think broadly about issues and their impact to how information is communicated.
  3. Must be a team player, a self-started who can work under tight deadlines but also have the creativity and broad based thinking needed to manage and complete long-term projects.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in working with all types of media venues, including proficiency with current and emerging social media tools.

Technical Requirements:

  1. Must be internet-savvy; media savvy as the public voice of AHA.
  2. Must be diplomatic and demonstrate good judgment.
  3. Must demonstrate excellent organization and leadership skills.

Abilities Required:

  1. Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  2. Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  3. Willingness to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  4. Ability to take initiative to accomplish an assignment and meet the deadline.
  5. Ability to prioritize several tasks.

Travel Requirement: 10% to 30%


AHA offers an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000, and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.

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