Communications Director

22 Oct, 2019

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Communications Director

College to Congress
Washington, DC

College to Congress is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating pathways for students to intern on Capitol Hill who otherwise could not afford to.

College to Congress (C2C) seeks to change the climate on Capitol Hill by encouraging broader systemic support for fully paid internships. Through its activities, C2C aims to create a more diverse and inclusive landscape on Capitol Hill, inspire low-income students to consider careers in public service and demonstrate the value of paid internship opportunities as a mechanism to increase civic awareness and participation in the democratic process. C2C provides undergraduate students with a 9-week internship in Congress which provides a close-up look into the legislative process and prepares students with the life skills for a successful future.

Job Description

The Communications Director will be responsible for leading the press and media operations, and developing and engaging the media, communications, and public relations strategy to promote our robust and growing program. The ideal candidate is a creative, passionate, and experienced professional who can bring sophisticated media relations and marketing strategies together to manage multiple concurrent projects and initiatives. Ideally, you are experienced in public relations, rapid response, paid media strategy, branding, and project management.

Reports To

Chief Operating Officer


Key Duties and Expectations

The Communications Director will focus on developing and implementing new ways to package and disseminate our work and our brand.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Managing a Communications Associate and Communications Intern
  • Developing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy that helps the organization achieve its mission and positions its CEO as a “thought leader”
  • Cultivating and maintaining contact with key reporters in Washington, DC and in regional media outlets around the country
  • Managing media relationships and speaking on the record to media outlets on behalf of the organization
  • Optimizing media opportunities to insert the brand’s POV and drive narratives in the press
  • Booking the CEO on television, radio, etc.
  • Organizing press events and reporter backgrounders
  • Writing press releases, op-eds, social media and e-newsletter content, and other materials
  • Building and maintaining an event and speaking engagement calendar
  • Working collaboratively with the Communications Associate, Development Associate, and Program Director to oversee the development, distribution and maintenance of quality content
  • Developing new ways to disseminate information and reach a broader audience (e.g., YouTube videos, infographics, podcasts, newsletters)
  • Executing communications training for interns and alumni as part of the organization’s Leadership Series
  • Overseeing website maintenance and keeping website content current
  • Working with the Development team to growing our email list and donor base through targeted digital campaigns

Requirements

  • 2+ years of Capitol Hill or equivalent professional organization communications experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills with the ability to turn projects around on tight deadlines
  • Experience pitching stories, cultivating reporter relationships, speaking on the record, writing op-eds, developing talking points, and conducting interview preparation
  • Demonstrated understanding of media relations with exceptional verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in fast-paced environments and prioritize a varied workload, with the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the CEO, staff, media, and program interns
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively when developing new campaigns

Ideal Candidate

  • Creative. You have the ability to think strategically and develop thoughtful messaging. You are naturally inquisitive.
  • Strong communicator. You are clear and succinct in your communication, easily understood, and able to adjust your tone to our audience and environment.
  • Confident. You are self-assured, direct, and not easily discouraged. You are capable of taking part in spirited conversations with leadership, peers, and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborative. You value a collaborative and inclusive work environment. You respectfully listen to and learn from your peers, regardless of their position. You are sensible, realistic, and matter-of-fact.
  • Gravitas. Colleagues respect you for your expertise and appreciate how you evaluate issues from both an individual and an organizational perspective.
  • Self-starter. You are highly motivated and organized. You work well independently. You easily juggle multiple, detail-oriented projects and always meet deadlines.
  • Mission-driven. You understand the “big picture” and can easily translate our mission into social impact.

Salary and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary, along with 100% employer-sponsored health benefits, retirement benefits, and an flexible vacation package.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to resume@collegetocongress.org

Job posted: 2019-10-22