Senior Media and Public Relations Coordinator

American Academy of Neurology


Join our team of 200 fun, energetic, and hard-working professionals who are dedicated to helping neurologists worldwide provide the best possible care for their patients. We have a vision at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to be indispensable to our members. Together, we pursue our mission to promote the highest-quality, patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction.

The AAN, founded in Minneapolis in 1948, supports and represents more than 36,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals worldwide who provide crucial patient care, seek new cures and treatments for brain disease, and work to ensure patient access to the right care. Our headquarters is in the historic Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, and our public policy office is near the action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The AAN works closely with the American Brain Foundation, housed in the Academy’s headquarters, and the Child Neurology Foundation, located in Kentucky.

Position Details

Senior Media and Public Relations Coordinator
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN

The Senior Media and Public Relations Coordinator supports the development and maintenance of media and public relations campaigns and contributes to the development and execution of comprehensive public and media relations strategies. In accordance with the organization’s strategic plan, the position is responsible for demonstrating the value of the neurologist with the public.


Media Relations

  • Drafts, edits, and distributes high-quality communications materials, including press releases, statements, op-eds, talking points, matte releases, web content, and social media messaging
  • Coordinates national and international media requests including topic experts, scientific studies, press releases, and other information accordingly
  • Proactively pitches ground-breaking research, public events, and other announcements
  • Monitors and analyzes media clips daily
  • Tracks issues in neurology and maintain issues management systems
  • Advises internal stakeholders of communications strategies to meet business objectives from a strong communication and public relations perspective
  • Stays up to date on neurology, medical, and advocacy topics that are percolating in the media and communicate with stakeholders
  • Develops and maintains relationships with patient organizations and the public


  • Builds, maintains, and enhances relationships with internal stakeholders, physicians, journalists, and public relations representatives
  • Responds quickly and effectively in the event of a crisis or negative press coverage; prepares response strategy in conjunction with key stakeholders


  • Manages monthly media coverage reporting
  • Oversees the relationship with third-party monitoring service

Video Production

  • Produces in-house videos including script writing, story boards, and coordinating with editorial, design, and video teams

This job description may not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities, and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related area of study is required
  • Equivalent combination of additional experience beyond the minimum requirement and/or education may be substituted for degree requirement


  • Minimum of 3 years of related work experience in a communications and/or public relations support role is required
  • Experience writing press releases is preferred
  • Medical writing experience is preferred
  • Experience working at an agency is preferred
  • Project management experience is preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including proficient use of AP style is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of media monitoring services is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for media measurement and analytics is required
  • Strong customer service skills are required
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while working under tight deadlines is required
  • Strong organizational skills are required
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required
  • Ability to handle confidential information is required
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Power Point is required

Great Benefits:

If our great people, great mission, and great location weren’t enough, we offer great benefits that work as hard for you as you do for us.

  • Twenty-two days of paid personal time off (PTO) in the first year
  • Twelve paid holidays per year in addition to PTO
  • Company contribution equal to 10.5 percent of salary to AAN employee 401K retirement savings account
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance (free employee coverage)
  • Life and AD&D insurance—premiums covered 100 percent by the AAN
  • Long-term disability insurance fully funded—covered 100 percent by the AAN
  • Short-term disability insurance fully funded—covered 100 percent by the AAN
  • ID theft protection
  • Travel insurance
  • Flexible spending plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Parking subsidy
  • Dry cleaning (free pickup and delivery)
  • Wellness offerings (mindfulness courses, yoga classes, walking/running club)
  • On-site workout facility

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