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General Summary of Position: The Communications Manager will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and management of all communications and public relations mechanisms, including the website. This position reports to the CEO.

Location: PPA headquarters (Harrisburg, PA). This is a hybrid office position with some work from home days each week.

Core Areas: Publications management and content including the bi-monthly magazine and bi-weekly e-bulletin; social media management; general website oversight, development and maintenance; association practice forum management; and support of the association foundation program committees.

Specific Responsibilities:

1) Responsible for content management, layout, publishing, the dissemination of, and tracking the bi-weekly email bulletin, Capsules.

2) Responsible for content management, editing, writing, layout, publishing, and the dissemination of the bi-monthly Pennsylvania Pharmacist. Works with the Editorial Review Board on peer-reviewed content management.

3) Serves as the staff liaison to practice forums for Health System Pharmacists and New Practitioner Forum as well as others that may be established. Develops, manages, promotes, and implements its programs and activities, including but not limited to Snack and Shares, Journal Club, conference programming. Includes having quarterly forum conference calls/meetings.

4) Manages and creates the Association website. Works with other staff members to ensure accurate content on their respective sections and consistent branding and presentation.

5) Responsible for creating and posting appropriate information, photos and links on various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram, and possibly others) to engage members and potential members.

6) Prepares appropriate press releases about pharmacy and association activities focusing on building awareness of the association and the pharmacy profession. This includes but is not limited to officer and director transitions, awards recipients, and announcement of specific events such as conferences.

7) Manages the Association’s Awards program, including promotion, committee coordination and selection of recipients, all related notifications, script development, and event presentations.

8) Assists the CEO in some of the management and promotion of the PPA Educational Foundation and its committees, particularly the awareness and fundraising ones.

9) Works with the student communications ambassadors to hold quarterly meetings engaging them in developing content for PPA’s communication vehicles including the magazine and Social media.

General Duties:

10) Serves as the staff liaison to additional committees, workgroups, task forces, or practice forums as may be assigned from time-to-time by the CEO. Works as a team member with CEO, volunteers, and other staff to implement programs and projects related to any assigned groups.

11) Assists with on-site registration, program support, and coordination for the Association’s major conferences throughout the conference

Education, Training and Experience: College degree in communications, marketing, or related subject desirable; background experience in the areas of administration, office procedures, marketing and data entry, specific competence in graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) or Adobe PageMaker. Must be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Office, including Word, Publisher, Excel and Outlook Express. Budget establishment; training in similar work environment, and association specific experience a plus.

Abilities: Possess ability to organize, implement, and follow through on multiple assigned projects. Interest in suggesting new ideas and demonstrated ability in creative problem-solving desired. Must be enthusiastic and willing to convey an excitement about the organization. Expected to be a team player and work with others in the office to achieve overall success for PPA. While this position is a salaried one, there must be a willingness to put in some extra hours as needed. Must be able to travel (2 state conferences) and willing to use own vehicle for association work/travel. Must be willing and able to be on-site for appropriate conferences and events.

Travel Requirements: Some travel to programs, conferences, other meetings, and related association activities. Attendance at appropriate meetings on behalf of the association.

Benefits: Health, LTD/ADD, Life and SAP for employee; 401(k); Flex time; 8 Vacation Days year 1 (accrued) + 1 PTO and 6 sick days; 13 paid holidays; free parking.

About the PPA: Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, PPA promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.

To Apply: Send Resume with Cover Letter to [email protected].  

Candidates will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.




Position Summary

This position is responsible for the development and administration of training programs for municipal officials including in-person events, online training, and management of state training initiative. Staying abreast of new technology, as well as innovative and cost effective methods of providing continuing education is imperative. In addition, this position serves as the liaison to a municipal management association, working with volunteer leaders in membership and professional development.

Education, Experience, & Subject Matter Expertise

This director-level position commands respect as an expert within their professional field. Formal degrees and professional certifications may advance this objective.

• Education or technical training equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required.
• Experience in a management/leadership role is required.
• Advanced knowledge and expertise related to the administration and management of training programs, event management, and online learning is required.
• Knowledge and experience managing state contracts is preferred.
• Knowledge and experience working with municipal officials and public employees is preferred.
• Previous experience managing others is strongly preferred.

How to Apply

Please forward cover letter and resume to [email protected].