AHLA’s Senior Staff are key storytellers for the broader industry. They play a critical role in telling the story of our members around the country, leading the industry into the promising new future of hospitality. As part of the Communications team, you will work cross-functionally to provide creative, and strategic internal and external communications support for our SVPs, EVPs, and CEO and serve as a resource for executive communications across the organization. Projects will range to include, creation of dynamic presentations, innovative panel discussions, internal and external event remarks and editorial planning and project management.
This role is responsible for developing and executing strategic content development plans in support of the full suite of executive communications needs for a variety of internal and external forums and medium (e.g., internal messages, executive messaging, scripting, talking points, presentations, etc.)
In collaboration with the VP, Communications, proactively lead AHLA’s storytelling, message development, and narration efforts.
Maintain awareness of AHLA priorities and relationships with peers across multiple programmatic areas.
Work with key stakeholders to ensure content production reflects the range of AHLA work and reaches multiple audiences.
Responsible for the creation, development, and execution of content support for C-suite executives on external speaking opportunities and internal communications with the support of external designers and consultants.
Collaborate across disciplines for message development and with colleagues across the company supporting communications for executive leaders including working with Conventions & Events team to identify external thought leaders for programming opportunities.
Identify external thought leadership opportunities and support successful executive preparation and participation in external forums.
Proactively identify forums, leveraging existing relationships and developing new opportunities, for executive thought leadership, including engaging with organizers and internally to determine which priority narratives should be highlighted in which forums for maximum impact and resonance with the relevant audiences.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Education and Experience
BA/BS Bachelor's Degree in public relations, communications, marketing, or a related field
5-7 years of relevant experience.
Knowledge and or experience in the hospitality industry is preferred.
Experience working with a large organization and/or a mid-to-large-size communications agency.
Experience within the travel, tourism, or service industries.
Skills and Attributes:
Experienced computer and software knowledge, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; willingness to be coached
Self-motivated individual who is also a team player with a high level of professionalism and emotional intelligence.
Willingness to work across teams and balance varying objectives for the good of the organization.
Detail oriented individual with exceptional organizational and time management skills
Ability to work under tight deadlines.
Exceptional and succinct written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface at all levels of the organization.
Experience taking in-depth, complex ideas and issues (of policy, strategy, organizational design) and bringing them to a variety of audiences, including major donors, sponsors, press, and policymakers.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Strong ability for collaboration is key to success in this role.
Position based in the Washington DC area
Some travel required
Hybrid position 3 days in office. (Mon-Wed or Tue-Thurs.)
Interested applicants can apply by sending their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHLA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the foremost representative of and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry. We are the only national association that represents all segments of an industry that is among the 10 largest business sectors in America. We advocate for our members so they can do their best at what matters most: serving guests, employees and their communities.
From major global brands to the small inns and bed & breakfasts, AHLA provides a singular voice that brings together the industry’s multitude of constituents. Our industry is incredibly diverse and represents everyone from brand CEO's to independent hotel owners, general managers and hotel staff and is an integral contributor to the American economy.