Heart Assoc. still seeks new blood

DALLAS: The American Heart Association’s PR transplant isn’t going as smoothly as planned. Several months into its search, the group is still looking for a news media relations director.

DALLAS: The American Heart Association’s PR transplant isn’t going as smoothly as planned. Several months into its search, the group is still looking for a news media relations director.

DALLAS: The American Heart Association’s PR transplant isn’t going

as smoothly as planned. Several months into its search, the group is

still looking for a news media relations director.



A tight job market and high standards - some have described the

organization’s top execs as being hard to please - likely have

contributed to the delay in filling the slot. Communications VP Robyn

Landry, however, downplayed the urgency of the search: ’We’re just

waiting for the right match.’



The ideal candidate for the Dallas-based post should have a

health/science background, at least 10 years of experience in PR or

journalism and experience managing both people and media relations

programs. The person who formerly held the job, Cathy Yarbrough, left to

join the National Human Genome Institute.



Although Landry declined to discuss the pay scale, she described it as

’comparable’ to similar association positions. The AHA has already

interviewed several PR pros from around the country, but advertised the

job again last week.



The AHA’s corporate communications staff includes more than 15 people in

Dallas, New York and Washington, DC.



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