Director of Communications and Marketing

14 Nov, 2022


Director of Communications and Marketing

Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME)
Washington, D.C.

Job Description

The Director of Communications and Marketing will be a strategic thinker and critical asset to IME in helping communicate the positive story about the commercial explosives industry. The ideal candidate will be an experienced self-starter with a proven record of successfully implementing a communications and marketing strategy using a wide variety of platforms, products, and approaches, including newsletters, website content, social media platforms, paid advertising, press releases, op-eds, presentations, and media relations. The Director will also have a familiarity with public policy and advocacy.

Key responsibilities for the Director include the development and distribution of a weekly newsletter to membership, blog postings, issue briefs, membership marketing materials, web content & design, presentation materials, and drafting press releases & statements.

A key member of the IME team, the Director will work collaboratively with colleagues to remain up to date on key issues in the industry and develop a strong knowledge base about the commercial explosives industry.

The Director will report to the President.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement a communications and marketing strategy for IME
  • Establish and oversee a style guide for IME to ensure branding and identity is consistent across all communications
  • Develop and maintain membership marketing toolkit
  • Develop a plan to market IME meetings, events, and webinars
  • Ensure all IME materials follow brand guidelines
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan for IME products and publications
  • Manage IME website to ensure content is up to date
  • Develop and maintain the calendar for IME communications to members
  • Assist with online programs and events
  • Create and post new and engaging content across all platforms including social media, website and email
  • Utilize metrics to improve engagements on various media platforms
  • Assist government affairs team with the development of issue briefs/talking points
  • Write and distribute press releases to media; function as point of contact for all media inquiries.
  • Manage media lists, thought leader contacts, and develop relationships with key influencers (traditional and social media)

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or related field
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Ability to develop original content that engages the audience
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and Canva
  • Knowledge of web publishing and design
  • Critical thinker and problem solver
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Attention to detail
  • Sense of humor
  • Proficiency with popular content management systems
  • Experience with social media management


We offer a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, FSA, short and long term disability, paid time off, tuition assistance, transportation subsidy, and professional development opportunities.

About IME

IME is the voice of the commercial explosives industry. Our mission is to promote the safe and secure manufacture, transport, distribution and use of commercial explosives. Our membership includes commercial explosives manufacturers, distributors and companies that provide related products and services. Working together, our industry is essential to everyday life by enabling things like energy exploration, providing fuel for power plants, extracting critical minerals and constructing pipelines, tunnels, highways and buildings. In other words, Explosives Make it Possible!

Please submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume to

Job posted: 2022-11-14