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Company Name:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Washington, Dist. Columbia
United States
Advertising/Public Relations
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
> 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director, Media Relations and Communications

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the premier not-for-profit organization for women's health care. Comprised of over 58,000 physician-members who are experts in women's health care, ACOG provides to its members the highest quality education opportunities, practice-oriented resources, research, advocacy, and organizational support. With headquarters located in S.W. Washington, DC, we provide a positive, supportive work environment, excellent benefits and so much more! To learn more about our organization, please visit us at

The College is currently seeking a Director, Media Relations and Communications to provide strategy, leadership, and tactical support for media activities that support and advance ACOG's overall mission.

Job Requirements


  • Serve as the lead for the Media Relations team to create, develop and implement effective media strategies and materials, managing ACOG's media presence with general, health, and policy media outlets. Manage the organization's reputation and image, generate positive media coverage, and respond to media inquiries. Provide background education to reporters, as necessary, prior to interviews. Monitor, track, and circulate relevant media coverage.
  • Develop messages and media-related materials (i.e., press releases, media statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, presentations) for consumer and professional outreach to promote and support ACOG's mission, guidelines, recommendations, statements, and events.
  • Conduct and oversee media training for ACOG's leadership, who serve as experts and spokespeople for media coverage. Work with leadership and member experts to effectively answer media inquiries and respond to emerging issues, including preparing remarks as required.
  • Direct the strategy, planning, organization and attendance of briefings or other events on a variety of women's health issues.
  • Develop and foster relationships with partner and coalition organizations to align strategies, messages and materials.
  • Manage media staff and the work of freelancers/outside vendors.
  • Coordinate and work effectively in an integrated way with MarComm colleagues and provide excellent customer service to/manage relationships with internal clients, including ACOG's Government Affairs team.
  • Work effectively with the organization's senior leadership and member experts in responding to media.
  • Oversee and advise on variety of social media accounts, including ACOG's women's health policy dedicated handle (@ACOGAction).
  • Provide responses to the public, members, and other stakeholders in response to direct communications to organization.


  • BA, BS in public relations, journalism, communications, or a related field (advanced degree a plus).
  • 12+ years of direct hands-on, progressively responsible positions in media relations and communications, with a minimum five years of experience in a management role, including managing media staff and staffing executive-level leadership. Minimum five years of experience leading health policy and advocacy media response. Health non-profit/medical society experience a plus.
  • Must have experience in health media and substantive related knowledge of health topics/content (women's health a plus).
  • Proven dedication to complex issues in the field of women's health and ability to quickly comprehend and develop messaging around complex health situations.
  • Thorough understanding of role of government agencies in U.S. health care system, including regulation and reimbursement.
  • Must have solid understanding and experience with media operations and news organizations. Experience answering a high volume of media inquiries as well as preparing and actively pitching media/press materials (statements, reports). Excellent written (statements, op-eds, press releases) and verbal communication skills (particularly in dealing with the media in a polished, professional manner). Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure. Good project management skills and attention to detail a must.
  • Must be skilled with digital communications and related technology, including fluency and hands-on experience with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Must be available to respond to news media and staff in the field after working hours.
  • Demonstrated track record of hiring, managing and mentoring staff members. This involves holding people accountable, resolving conflicts, active participation in annual performance evaluations and providing professional development opportunities.
  • A team-builder who has a sense of humor and who is collaborative, organized, detailed – oriented and proactive. Excellent listener, even-keeled, measured, and flexible.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and working within a changing and fluid environment. Manages relationships in a thoughtful and consistent manner. Understands the balance of maintaining authority and control over facilities with the need to collaborate with others.
  • An excellent communicator—oral, written, and listening skills—and a bridge builder who can develop relationships and build trust and credibility with a diverse set of stakeholders.



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