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Director of Communications



Position Summary:

The National LGBTQ Task Force is hiring a full-time Director of Communications, who will serve as a member of the Leadership Team. 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.

Home Office Location: Washington, DC (currently teleworking)

Department: Communications

Reports To: Executive Director

Supervises: Digital Fundraising Manager, Communications Manager, All communications team positions

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 and promote our work and priorities, including our Creating Change Conference;
  • Partner with Development staff to promote Task Force fundraising events;
  • 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:

In this role, strategic thinking, strong writing skills, and organization are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is mandatory.

A qualified candidate should have:

  • A minimum of 7 years in a director or other senior-level communications position;
  • A proven record in the creation and implementation of a proactive strategic and comprehensive 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:

This 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.

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, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Posted 11/5/2020