Temporary Media Relations Manager

American Heart Association Published: May 16, 2017
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Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Temporary Media Relations Director - North Texas in Dallas, Texas.   This position expected to last approximately 3 months (end date subject to change).

Your Key Responsibilities and Outcomes:

  • Serve as the primary media contact supporting media relations efforts for North Texas, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties, to build awareness for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
  • Synthesize national AHA research, statements and program materials to develop local story angles and pitches for media.
  • Create written media materials including press releases, advisories, fact sheets, bios, messaging/talking points, pitches, PSA scripts, radio rip-and-reads, etc.
  • Proactively pitch national and local AHA news, events and programs to NTX media.
  • Prepare spokespeople for media interviews.
  • Engage sponsors in effective and appropriate media activation activities.
  • Provide media reports with media outreach and results.


Here are some of the experiences we are looking forward to reviewing in your resume:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in communications, public relations, journalism or related field preferred.  College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree.  Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years’ experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.
  • 3+ years of experience in public relations/media relations communications, public/media relations, marketing or journalism.  This experience may also count toward satisfying the educational requirement.
  • Proven ability to implement communications plans and to create and place stories and promotional ideas with journalists and promotions directors in print, broadcast and social media platforms.
  • Previous experience securing media sponsorships to provide maximum coverage.
  • Able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • 18 years old or older.
  • Skill in writing and editing for a variety of audiences via numerous platforms, including writing for online and mobile. Experience with AP Style preferred.
  • Existing media relationships in the DFW market is mandatory.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus.
  • PR agency experience strongly preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred.


Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

Be sure to connect with us to see what it is like to work for the American Heart Association and why so many people #ExploreAHA and stay connected with what we do! You can also click here at http://www.heart.org/careers to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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