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Autism Speaks Manager, Communications and Public Relations in New York, New York

We are seeking a Manager of Communications and Public Relations! Individual will be home based in the NY Metro Area (New York City and surrounding counties of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania). However, w e are open and flexible to candidates in other locations as well.

POSITION: Autism Speaks is seeking a Manager, Communications who will work closely with communications, marketing and field staff to facilitate public relations and external/internal communications efforts, content and asset development and writing. S/he will assist with pitching, booking and logistics for national and local media opportunities, tracking/reporting media coverage and metrics, field communications, email campaign and event support. This position will work closely with field staff nationwide and serve as a key liaison for internal departments and external partners, ensuring consistency of messaging and identifying opportunities to tell the Autism Speaks story to a broad audience.


Writing/Materials Development

  • Coordinate with internal team members and public relations agency to pitch and secure national and local media coverage of Autism Speaks’ mission and impact

  • Write media alerts, pitches and press releases for Autism Speaks news, including, but not limited to, partnerships, initiatives and events

  • Coordinate as needed with external partners on press releases and other written materials

  • Write and edit email, PR and collateral content in support of field priorities

  • Manage internal approval processes for all field email and written materials

  • Work with the field to develop a repository of stories for use organization-wide

    Public Relations

  • Support in execution of PR efforts, in partnership with PR agency, for Autism Speaks initiatives, including special events, partnerships and ongoing “news bureau” media relations

  • Research and facilitate outreach opportunities for Autism Speaks

  • Work closely with other departments in securing real stories from the community for pitching opportunities

  • Directly engage in pitching and securing national and significant local media opportunities

  • Build and manage media lists; develop strong working relationships with new and existing contacts, particularly in print and digital media

  • Assist in researching and securing celebrity/influencer engagement for special events and campaigns

  • Coordinate photography during special events and provide photo direction to local field teams

  • Monitor media coverage in partnership with PR agency; create and distribute weekly and monthly internal metrics reports

  • Assist with ongoing media training for staff to ensure consistent messaging

  • Assist with updating and disseminating PR materials to support other departments in messaging

  • Serve as a liaison and support to the field for communications needs assuring alignment and maximizing opportunity

  • Assist and advise field staff on media opportunities, sponsorships and media lists

  • Support local PR volunteers, defining processes and best practices

    Internal Communications

  • Coordinate with Autism Speaks internal departments to identify opportunities to collaborate and storytelling opportunities internally and externally

  • Assist with disseminating internal communications

  • Develop strong relationships with field staff nationwide and support with communications guidance

    (The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s. As outlined in your performance goal setting forms, you will be responsible for achieving the goals provided by and agreed upon with your manager.)


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience

  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills

  • Strong national media relationships

  • Track record of placements in local and/or national media outlets

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Excellent proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Knowledge of a media monitoring and distribution system

  • Availability for occasional travel and night or weekend assignments


  • Building Collaborative Relationships

  • Customer Orientation

  • Professional Behavior

  • Results Driven

  • Flexibility

    You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all Autism Speaks data and information to which you have access.

    Autism Speaks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace. We recruit, evaluate, employ, and promote candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, protected veteran or military status, disability or other legally protected status. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for job openings. Reasonable accommodations will be provided. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

    About Autism Speaks:

    At Autism Speaks, our mission is to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Together with our broad and diverse community, we strive every day to achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. This mission and vision drive every member of our staff; our employees are inspired, energized and motivated by the impact we can collectively have on behalf of the autism community.

    Autism Speaks celebrates every success achieved to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism, and we work collaboratively across departments to find solutions that will do the most good for the most people.

    Just as we strive to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for people on the spectrum, we also aim to enhance the lives of our dedicated employees, through thick and thin.

    Salary & Benefits:

    Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation, benefit and vacation package. We also provide flex work hours, weekly training sessions, tuition reimbursement and summer bonus Fridays in addition to a creative, innovative, collaborative, inclusive, kind and fun work environment.

    For consideration, please forward your resume and cover letter.

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