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Press Officer & Communications Specialist
Title:Press Officer & Communications Specialist
Job Type:Exempt (salaried)
Posting Date:07/29/2022
Location:College Park, MD
*The American Institute of Physics (AIP) requires COVID-19 vaccination for all positions effective January 3, 2022. Individuals with a disability or a religious reason preventing them from taking the vaccine may request an accommodation.


The Press Officer & Communications Specialist plays a critical role in communications and media relations for the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and provides support for the Member Societies that AIP works with. As Press Officer & Communications Specialist, you will help plan and execute operational activities of media services programs for AIP, AIP Publishing, the AIP Foundation, and Member Societies. You will write and edit content for the Institute, serve as the primary point of contact for various media outlets, and take a proactive stance to increase the media reach of AIP, AIP Publishing, the AIP Foundation and Member Societies. You will have strong written and oral communication, be well organized, and deadline driven.


Serve as AIP’s Press Officer (20%)
  • Design proactive pitches for stories and PR campaigns
  • Write and edit press releases, announcements, feature & social content
  • Facilitate media coverage
  • Respond to reporter and editor inquiries
  • Maintain media coverage tracking system.
  • Foster relationships with the media.
  • Conduct media training and coaching for staff & MS.
  • Participate in content creation for AIP’s website and marketing & social media campaigns as needed
Oversee AIP Publishing Press Releases (40%)
  • Work with AIPP to flag and schedule articles
  • Oversee creation and placement of press releases for articles Coordinate editing and posting
  • Ensure deadlines and deliverables are met

AIP Member Society Media Relations (40%)

  • Project manage media relations work with Member Societies from proposals to final deliverables.
  • Maintain contact relationships with Member Societies.
  • Coordinate media relations functions on behalf of Member Societies.
  • Ensure deadlines and deliverables for Member Societies are met.
  • Bachelors Degree in related field. Focuses in PR, Journalism, or Communications preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in Media Relations, Public Relations, or a related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of media relations
  • Press or PR experience within the nonprofit sector, or within the academic sector preferred
  • Digital content creation i.e. creating press releases, web content, editorials, social media content.
  • Writing and publishing content for a variety of audiences
  • Experience in writing in AP style preferred

What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation of scientific societies. AIP pursues its mission—to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity—with a unifying voice of strength from diversity. In its role as a federation, AIP advances the success of its Member Societies by providing the means to pool, coordinate, and leverage their diverse expertise and contributions in pursuit of a shared goal of advancing the physical sciences in the research enterprise, in the economy, in education, and in society. In its role as an institute, AIP operates as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social science, and historical research to promote future progress in the physical sciences.


Why Work for AIP?

AIP wants you to be safe!

During the COVID-19 pandemic AIP took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all AIP staff by providing a flexible approach to remote work that ensured a safe and productive workforce could continue to pursue our mission and provide continued value to our stakeholders. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff are of the utmost importance to our Institute.

In addition to your safety, AIP wants you to love working at the Institute, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing Learning and Development, we work hard to make sure AIP is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments? The American Institute of Physics offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition assistance, on-site fitness center, and metro access.  Learn more at 

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  
EOE, including disability/Vets

*Interested candidates should include a resume, a cover letter, and a completed application 

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