AHLA’s Marketing & Communications department tells the story of our association, our members, and the hotel industry. Within this department is a media relations team responsible for getting important information about AHLA to the press and public. The Senior Director, Media Relations will help write press releases, make press connections, and get AHLA executives media coverage.
Create a constant drumbeat of media visibility on AHLA’s top priority issues both nationally and locally
Cultivate top-tier reporters from mainstream and trade publications to pitch and place stories
Monitor press, arrange interviews, and draft press and briefing materials
Fulfill media requests
Assist in preparing executives for interviews and press conferences
Lead the creation of internal press contact lists
File all deliverables in project management system
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience:
At least ten years of experience in journalism and/or communications
Experience with or in the media field is required
Skills and Attributes:
Excellent oral and written communication skills; willingness to be coached
Excellent copy editing and proofreading skills
Meticulous attention to detail
A conversational, active voice writing style
Fluent in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Knowledge of project management systems
Ability to work closely with executives
Exceptional organizational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments
Team player with a high level of professionalism, self-motivation, ability to learn quickly, and a positive attitude
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the department and organization
Position located in Washington, DC area.
Hybrid - 3 days in office (Mon-Wed. or Tue-Thurs.)
Some domestic travel required
Interested applicants can apply by following the link:
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.