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Associate Director, Media Relations, Overdose Initiative

Oct 25, 2021


The Associate Director of Media Relations serves as primary point of contact with the media, writes media materials, and helps develop and implement communications strategies in support of federal policy goals and other activities of the Overdose Initiative at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI)—a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The Associate Director supervises the Communication Associate and Advocacy Intern and reports to the Project Director of the Overdose Initiative. This position is located in Washington D.C. Currently, all staff are working remotely with reentry to the D.C. office under a hybrid-model expected in January 2022. Fully COVID-19 vaccination required.


  • Lead media relations activities, including fielding incoming press calls, providing media with requested information, scheduling interviews, prepping spokespeople for interviews, proactively developing relationships with media (including reporters, producers and editorial writers), and pitching story ideas.
  • Help develop and implement communications strategies in support of federal policy goals and other activities, such as promoting new research.
  • Draft, edit, and distribute high-quality media relations and other communications materials, including news releases and statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial memos, talking points, blog posts, website copy, and social media content.
  • Coordinate activities and projects with colleagues in other departments and partner organizations.
  • Manage external vendors on communications projects.
  • Plan and execute events such as press conferences, satellite media tours, media briefings and editorial board meetings.
  • Monitor daily news coverage, ensure circulation of relevant news clips and analyze coverage to identify opportunities to advance organizational goals.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of opioids and substance use disorder issues, as well as an understanding of and sensitivity to stigmatizing language.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Project Director and Executive Vice President of U.S. Programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of relevant experience, with a preference for work in journalism or advocacy/political communications; knowledge of Congress and federal government a must.
  • Significant knowledge of media relations and journalism, with demonstrated success in developing compelling media materials, identifying news hooks, placing media stories and building relationships with members of the media.
  • Strong organizational, strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills.
  • Commitment to reducing overdose deaths from opioids.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and salary requirement to: Please reference the position code: DMR/GHAI/15 in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator, a program of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, advances public health policies to build a healthier and safer world. Drawing on our extensive global experience, we offer strategic support to develop and execute advocacy campaigns to pass laws and policies that save lives. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. A non-profit organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.