Advocacy Communications Director

28 Apr, 2021


Advocacy Communications Director

National Restaurant Association
Washington, DC

The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation are proud to be part of a highly respected industry, providing hospitality, opportunity and quality of life. Much like the industry we represent, we have a dynamic, diverse and inclusive culture, grounded in trust, hospitality, collaboration and innovation. These are the core values that inspire our work, and what we’re looking for in an experienced Advocacy Communications Director.

As an integral member of our Communications team, the Advocacy Communications Director will collaborate closely with Public Affairs in developing and executing comprehensive strategies to support the restaurant industry, advance and frame our public affairs priorities and further the organization’s overall strategy.

Ideal candidates bring a minimum of ten years of experience with high visibility communications in aligned positions on Capitol Hill, the Administration, Trade Associations, non-profit or government agency, or private sector advocacy organizations.

Must be comfortable learning and translating policy positions, writing on deadline, engaging with the media and managing multiple projects and priorities. Candidates should have experience in writing talking points, press releases, opinion pieces and more. Position requires a confident and engaging communicator and storyteller, able to navigate a matrixed environment and build productive, collaborative relationships between internal and external stakeholders.

Join us at this critical moment as we work to revitalize the industry.


  • Works as part of centralized Communications team to accomplish Association public affairs goals.
  • Assist VP, Communications and Media Relations to accomplish departmental goals.
  • Support all internal team members and departments in conjunction with the Association’s mission and values while contributing to the Association’s culture of service and accountability.
  • Assist in managing issue advocacy campaigns in support of Association goals and objectives related to communications-related priorities.
  • Collaborate with the Content Strategy team to maintain a communications calendar, based on legislative activity, news events, and policy priorities, to inform communications across the Association and with state and local partners.
  • Produce and/or edits advocacy communications collateral such as press releases, talking points, letters to the editor, op-eds, and key advocacy messages.
  • Works with Director, Media Relations to promote industry advocacy objectives in trade, traditional, and consumer media outlets.
  • Help develop and coordinate communications strategies to reach and inform critical audiences.
  • Works with digital communications manager to collaborate content for the Advocacy social media channels and provide timely strategic guidance.
  • Attend advocacy communications events such as press conferences, media briefings, lobby days, and policy briefings and prepares summary reports.
  • Works on special projects and other duties as required helping to promote department’s success.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Communications preferred, or related experience.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in aligned Advocacy Communication position either on Capitol Hill, the Administration and/or Trade Associations, or private sector organization.
  • Solid understanding/background of Journalism, Public Relations, Editorial, Publications, Media Relations, Events, and Campaigns.
  • Creativity and deep understanding of the elements of compelling written, oral, and visual storytelling. Ability to adapt to different voices and audiences.
  • Ability to effectively synthesize, translate, and summarize complex policy topics for use by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, using social media tools and approaches as part of communications strategies.
  • Strong strategic vision in areas of business and communications best practices; ability to guide messaging with diplomacy, tact, and sensitivity across a diverse set of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, and highly effective organizational, time-management, priority-setting and problem-solving skills.
  • Computer proficiency across MS Office, including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Ability to learn other computer software programs as needed.
  • Thoughtful interpersonal and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to partner with individuals across the organization who have varying degrees of communication skills and interest.
  • Broad fundamental understanding of the restaurant industry/business environment and related policy issues.
  • Highly adaptable; ability to work well under pressure, within fast-paced and fluid environment.
  • Demonstrative abilities in collaborative team building and consensus.
  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Significant business and stakeholder relationship building experience.
  • Responsiveness to change and leads as a change agent.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently; a self initiator, versatile and assumes risk with responsibility.







We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply for our job openings. This commitment supports our policy of developing and capitalizing on the abilities of all our team members, as well as selecting, developing and promoting those who are best qualified.


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Job posted: 2021-04-28