Communications Director

30 Aug, 2021

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Communications Director

Western Governors University
Denver, CO

Western Governors’ Association: Communications Director

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), the Communications Director is responsible for all external communications and tools, including but not limited to press releases, social media, event livestreams, website, videos, podcasts, and email outreach related to the work of WGA and the Western Governors’ Foundation, WGA’s philanthropic arm.

Responsibilities

• Produce annual communications strategic plan with definable project goals.

• Manage the Communications Specialist.

• Oversee day-to-day communications operations, including social media updates and blog posts, as well as prompt responses to in-house needs of the policy team and incoming communications from media and other external sources.

• Establish a strong working relationship with media, as well as communications leads in Governors’ offices. Manage media inquiries in coordination with the Executive Director and Policy Director.

• Edit all communications to Governors and other elected officials, consistent with WGA’s voice; draft content as required.

• Produce monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on communications metrics, such as traditional media coverage, social media interaction, and website analytics.

• Oversee WGA website to ensure accuracy of content and timeliness of updates; and work with external developers to maintain the site’s hosting platform and structure.

• Direct the production of print and online materials, including WGA’s Annual Report, policy and development documents, and other deliverables as assigned.

• Work collaboratively with other Directors and staff members, either as a team member or leader, on a variety of projects.

• Support the Annual Meeting, Winter Meeting, and Chair Initiative regional workshop series by securing freelance photography and media coverage, coordinating press conferences, overseeing social media posts and livestreams of workshop sessions.

• Manage the schedule and oversee production for Out West, the WGA podcast series.

• Lead scripting and production of videos as needed.

• Draft blog posts, speeches and produce PPT slides as needed in support of the Executive Director and WGA Chair.

• Work as directed to engage keynote speakers and panelists for the Annual Meeting and Winter Meeting.

• Manage annual communications budget and vendor relationships.

Qualifications

• Exceptional writing and editing skills (writing sample required).

• Creative thinker able to perform under strict deadlines in the service of Governors.

• Demonstrable experience working successfully in a communications leadership position.

• Strong record of producing high-quality print materials. Experience with annual reports a plus.

• Strength with communications tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, Constant Contact, Google Analytics.

• Experience producing livestreams, videos, and podcasts a plus.

• Ability to convey complex western policy topics clearly to a non-policy audience.

• Project management experience a must.

• Demonstrable ability to function in a team as a strong leader and teammate.

• Ability to respond quickly and effectively to new issues and assignments.

• Available to travel regularly.

Salary and Benefits

The position is full-time and located in Denver, with a hybrid remote/in-office schedule. Salary range: $80,000 – $115,000, commensurate with experience. WGA, an equal opportunity employer, offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance, paid time off and participation in WGA’s retirement plan.

Application Requirements

Qualified candidates should submit an application package including: a cover letter, a resume and one writing sample. Submittals should be transmitted to Toni Vigil at tvigil@westgov.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. MT.

Job posted: 2021-08-30