Director of Communications
Director of Communications
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people and their families. As a progressive racial, economic and social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all. The Task Force has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, and Cambridge, MA.
The National LGBTQ Task Force (The Task Force) is seeking a Director of Communications, based in the Washington, D.C. office. The Director of Communications is responsible for ensuring a robust and dynamic public presence for the Task Force’s work through print, broadcast, online, social media and all other means of communication. This position oversees the organization’s communications, marketing and branding (CMB) staff and activities. This position must respond quickly and with good judgment in a fast‐paced environment. As a confidential employee, this position is exempt from the union bargaining unit.
The Director of Communications’ Responsibilities Include:
- Oversee the proactive and responsive communication of Task Force policies and positions to media, constituents and other audiences;
- Develop and implement an annual strategic communications plan;
- Develop and implement proactive, comprehensive communications and marketing campaigns;
- Partner with program staff in developing messaging to reflect our work and priorities;
- Direct media outlets to appropriate Task Force spokespeople, respond to media inquiries and fulfill requests for information;
- Write/distribute media releases, media kits and other materials for distribution to and use by journalists;
- Cultivate relationships with media to ensure that the Task Force is regularly utilized as a resource and source in coverage;
- Conduct press conferences, teleconferences and other media events and briefings as needed;
- Supervise CMB department staff;
- Develop and oversee CMB Department budget;
- Develop and oversee Task Force archive of audio, video, and press clips, and photographs; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications include the following:
- A minimum of 5 years in a senior level communications position;
- A proven record in the creation and implementation of a proactive communications plan;
- A proven record in developing and implementing comprehensive media campaigns;
- Possess substantive relationships with media including reporters, editors, bloggers and producers covering LGBTQ and progressive issues, in mainstream, progressive, LGBTQ and other diverse media;
- Ability to clearly and quickly articulate complex political issues for a range of audiences;
- A proven track record in managing staff;
- Excellent writing, proofreading, editing, verbal and interpersonal skills;
- Experience and understanding of the value of social media in communicating to various audiences;
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects effectively under deadline;
- Must be exceptionally organized and detail‐oriented, able to manage multiple tasks and work independently with consistent follow through;
- Ability to maintain the highest degree of professionalism when working with others—both internal and external to the organization; and
- Experience working in a multi‐cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression is an important institutional value; and ability to work cross‐department to implement activities.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary to commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer contributions.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience relevant to these responsibilities and qualifications and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Director of Communications” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, people with disabilities, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.