Director of Communications (closed)
The Director of Communications for this fast-growing non-profit will lead their national media and public relations strategy, increasing awareness, clarity and support for the organization’s mission. This role is an opportunity for an experienced communications specialist to work closely and collaboratively with the leadership team, national team, key partners and media outlets to develop and ensure the alignment of communications tactics and messages with the organization’s strategic priorities.
The ideal candidate for this role will have experience managing challenging projects and juggling priorities. This individual has the ability to work with both deep levels of detail and data, while understanding the big picture impact of operational initiatives. This person is sensitive to time-critical needs, versatile and able to act on new information efficiently, has a strong appreciation for detail, and is a super team-player and collaborator. They must also be able to work independently and will have the drive and energy to thrive in an innovative, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Communications will manage a variety of functional areas, likely including, but not limited to, the following:
- Drive development of national and regional communications plans in conjunction with leadership
- Manage strategic implementation of communications plans and message calendar
- Develop and implement creative, proactive story ideas that support messaging objectives
- Serve as a primary day-to-day spokesperson and act as the press point-of-contact for the organization
- Devise and execute response strategies for a variety of media requests, including crisis communications situations
- Cultivate and manage diverse bank of voices to speak on behalf of the organization
- Manage regional media events, such as group summits and press conferences
- Partner with executive directors to manage portfolios of critical regional relationships with print, broadcast, radio, and online journalists as well as with district communications contacts
- Author media materials (press releases, Q&A, talking points, backgrounders/fact sheets, speeches, news advisories, etc.) and provide editorial services to other departments to support proactive and reactive communications activities
- Serve as a thought partner around messaging and strategy for public affairs opportunities and triggers such as school board meetings, speaking engagements, rallies and high stakes meetings
- Develop and nurture relationships across education, political, non-profit and local media outlets and continuously keep current on organization and education issues and developments
- Provide strategic direction to Executive Directors and Board Members regarding communications activities
- Provide strategic coaching and counseling to organization employees regarding media interviews including on-scene guidance if necessary
- Manage a junior staff member who will oversee creative graphic design and video content for our website and social media platforms
- They must also be able to work independently and will have the drive and energy to thrive in an innovative, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Substantial related work experience in communications, journalism, press secretary, etc
- Familiarity with the education sector and managing crisis communications
- Outstanding relationship-building, collaboration and communication skills
- Ability to work autonomously as part of an entrepreneurial team
- Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of the organization
- Growth: Our capacity to create change depends upon the simultaneous growth of our people and our ideas.
- Tenacity: We only want to work with other people who will stop at nothing to succeed.
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.