Media Relations Specialist

Ogilvy Washington

Media Relations

Specialist (Account Supervisor)

Bethesda, MD

Position Summary:


Washington is seeking a communications professional to work off-site to provide

media relations support in a busy press office within the National Institutes

of Health. This opportunity requires an exceptionally organized individual who

can seamlessly manage the rigors of an important and often demanding government

communications environment.


successful candidate will be on the frontlines of a busy press shop talking to

the media every day about complex, hot-button issues related to drug use and

addiction. No two days are exactly alike. The

candidate must have the ability to assimilate new information quickly, be

attentive to detail, and have a strong work ethic. He or she will need to

quickly become familiar with the Institute and its spokespeople, hot topics in

drug use and abuse, relevant key reporters and producers, and complex messaging

related to the science of addiction.


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Assist the press team in the

day-to-day operations of the communications office;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Screen incoming media calls and

initiate responses promptly; prioritize inquiries to ensure the most

critical matters are handled or responded to on tight deadlines;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Manage interview requests from a

variety of media outlets, ranging from top-tier national broadcast and

print outlets to local outlets; coordinate with Institute spokespeople to

fulfill interview requests; receive appropriate clearances; prepare

talking points and/or background materials; and sit in on interviews as


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Participate in the development of

media outreach plans; draft media advisories and releases; develop and

update messaging; pitch stories; and conduct media monitoring and


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Lead and complete other assignments

on behalf of the press team, including those involving scientific or

health issues;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Write and submit stories for

internal publications;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Write monthly press reports and

other quarterly reports as needed;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Oversee/coordinate the grantee research

paper review process, including contacting journals to receive publication

date, coordinating the press outreach to coincide with embargo date, and working

with project officers to fill out review form for press outreach

consideration; and

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Interface and report regularly to

the Ogilvy project director and other members of the Ogilvy team.


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Work off-site, full-time, at the

National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, MD (additional interviews

and government clearance will be required);

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>5+ years of public relations

experience, preferably in a public relations or government agency


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>BA/BS in public relations,

communications, journalism, or a related field;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Must be media-savvy and able to

think strategically about issues and message development;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Direct media relations experience a

must; relationships with health or science media preferred;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Strong multi-tasking skills and the

composure required to display grace under pressure;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Proven client relations skills and

the poise and professionalism required to interact with the Institute’s

senior staff;

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Superior writing and editing


  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Strong project management and

organizational skills; and

  • 11.0pt;font-family:“Arial”,sans-serif”>Proven ability to work within a

fast-paced and highly collaborative team environment.

How to Apply:

Please include your resume and a cover letter. No phone calls or

emails please. Only those candidates

selected to interview will be contacted. While we welcome applications from out

of state candidates, we are unable to provide reimbursement for relocation or

travel expenses for this position.

About us

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is a leading

global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities

around the world. Ogilvy Washington has been a market leader in the DC area for

over 30 years. Our communications professionals specialize in public policy

advocacy, reputation management, coalition building, issues and crisis

management, corporate communications and international relations. We maintain

deep expertise in defense, energy, food, health care, international affairs,

trade, technology, and telecommunications.

Our team – born from an advertising agency known

for creativity – designs campaigns that mix insight with imagination to yield

smart and creative solutions. By combining first-hand Washington knowledge with

the best and brightest in traditional and digital media and creative, we help

our clients make a difference inside the Beltway, across the nation and around

the world. Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is part of the WPP Group, one of

the world’s largest communications services organizations (NASDAQ: WPPGY,



As an Equal

Opportunity Employer, Ogilvy does not discriminate against applicants or

employees because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin,

veteran status, disability, domestic violence victim status, age, citizenship,

marital or domestic/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender

identity or expression, or because of any other status or condition protected

by applicable federal, state or local law.

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