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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Chief Public Engagement Officer in Atlanta, Georgia


The Chief Public Engagement Officer at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) provides leadership in all areas of public engagement (marketing, media, and communications): nurturing and leveraging media relationships for the mission; conceptualizing, planning and directing communications, public engagement, and marketing activities; guiding strategy development and implementation to ensure that the AAR enhances public awareness of the value of understanding religion and its contributions to society; preparing members to communicate effectively with publics and helping them make the connections to do that; coordinating activities that increase connections and communications among and between members; making nuanced understandings of religion more visible in public arenas; increasing awareness in non-academic settings about the relevance of academic study of religion; coordinating responses to public policy issues around the relevance of the study of religion; and developing and implementing strategies to market AAR services and products.


  • An advanced degree in public relations, marketing, religion or related field or equivalent experience.

  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior level position with demonstrated excellence in the management of teams and related operations.

  • Established media connections preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in public relations, marketing, public affairs or equivalent with demonstrated success in a non-profit organization.

  • Demonstrated understanding of how to effectively employ electronic and social media in building brand support.

  • Demonstrated excellence in strategic thinking and tactical planning.

  • Demonstrated excellence in supervising employees.

  • Familiarity with membership associations preferred.


  • Develops, nurtures, and leverages media relationships.

  • Serves as AAR media contact for public events, functions, and/or programs, as requested.

  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises accordingly, program to connect journalists with members who are experts in areas of interest.


  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises accordingly, an effective marketing plan mindful of three audiences (membership, potential membership, and general publics) including initiatives to increase traffic and engagement.

  • Ensures unified and effective branding.

  • Coordinates AAR 'bling' and products for sale across all areas.


  • Conceptualizes, plans, directs, evaluates, and revises accordingly, comprehensive communications strategies and campaigns to advance the mission and long-range plan.

  • Generates and places stories and op-eds highlighting the work of individual members and the AAR across the full breadth of AAR activities.

  • Serves as the organization's communications gatekeeper for quality assurance.


  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises accordingly, the AAR's effort to nurture and grow a sense of obligation for members and their institutions to publics with regard to public understanding of religion.

  • These publics could be international, national, regional, and local and could include broadcast media, local libraries, community settings, blogs, editorials, magazine articles, communities of faith, corporate settings and other venues.

  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises accordingly, an AAR program to prepare members who need support in enhancing public understanding of religion.

  • Develops (and/or supervises the development of) policy issue briefs and updates from AAR leadership and membership on proposed policies affecting academic study of religion research, education, and training.

  • Engages AAR leadership and membership in advocacy for/against proposed policies.


  • Serves on the leadership team.

  • Staffs the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and other leadership groups as required.

  • Prepare, administer, and monitor area budget and work plan.

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and bring strategic innovation ideas to the table.

  • Develop successful grant proposals obtaining extramural support for special projects in communications, outreach and public engagement

  • Evaluates and revises products and processes on an annual cyclical basis. Develops successful grant proposals obtaining extramural support for special projects in communications, outreach, and public engagement.

  • Supervise Director of Communications, Research and Data Specialist, Advocate for the Study of Religion and Public Programs Specialist.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, communications, journalism or related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in journalism, marketing, public affairs or equivalent with demonstrated success in a non-profit organization. A master's degree is preferred.

  • Extensive familiarity with religion or related field preferred.

Additional Details

  • Highly collaborative team player

  • Customer service orientation

  • Strong. persuasive communication skills

  • Proven project and budget management skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time and achieve excellence in a timely manner

  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial spirit

  • Initiative

  • Follow-through

  • Ability to travel locally and nationally

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Job Number 44367

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Affiliated Organizations

Department American Academy of Religion

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor