Director of Communications and Public Affairs

21 Apr, 2021


Director of Communications and Public Affairs

United States Cannabis Council
Washington, DC

As Director of Communications and Public Affairs, you are a champion for the United States Cannabis Council’s efforts as the guiding voice for cannabis reform in the United States.

The successful candidate is a communications strategist experienced in media relations and will be communicating with our members, the public, government, and industry partners. As the Director of Communications and Public Affairs you will be responsible for driving a comprehensive mix of marketing and communications programs in support of the USCC’s vision, education programs, and advocacy efforts as we push forward towards meaningful reform.

The successful candidate is a proven leader who can organize various groups, adapt strategies as needed, and creatively pitch new ideas. As a new organization with a loaded agenda, the successful candidate will need to be detail-oriented, well organized, and able prioritize competing, critical deadlines.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for planning and delivering external communications strategies designed to positively impact the USCC’s brand while effectively promoting the reputation and values of the organization. In addition, you will work closely with member communications’ teams, ensuring all members are kept apprised and consulted as required for expertise and support for initiatives.


●     Drive the USCC’s advocacy strategy, working with key internal experts to identify and execute proactive and reactive opportunities for media relations, industry consultations, and government relations.

●     Provide strategic advice and support to the Board and Executive Director on various communication tools and collateral

●     Develop communications strategies and work plans to support the USCC’s vision and goals

●     Lead in the drafting of relevant policies, media materials, and/or position statements

●     Develop and maintain effective relationships with key members of the media

●     Develop and implement a communication strategy and related materials including press releases, briefing notes, speeches, web, and digital content

●     Track the development of ongoing issues and prepare recommended responses for timely statements and announcements


●     A proven track record in developing marketing communications plans and delivering on stated objectives

●     Demonstrated mastery of content development – from messaging to writing/editing and creative

●     An assertive, persuasive, and service-oriented personality

●     Team player who respectfully works with different resources throughout the organization, and can provide necessary leadership, management, and strategic direction

●     Ability to work in a fluid, evolving work environment

●     Self-starter with the ability to identify and take ownership of complex tasks and large assignments and deliver quality results

●     Ability to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with members and partners

●     High level problem-solving skills, and a strong initiative to resolve difficulties, identify and fix gaps in processes

●     Strong understanding of digital technologies, current and emerging, and demonstrated experience in social media optimization, web content and technology

●     Strong project-management skills

●     Relationships with media contacts in the medical/public education sectors

●     Well versed in dealing with inquiries from the public, the press, and related organizations


●     Eight to ten years of broad internal and external communications experience, preferably working in a multi-stakeholder environment in a senior role

●     Completion of a college diploma or university degree in Business, Marketing, English, Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or a related discipline

●     Experience working at a conceptual level with Senior Executives in the preparation of their materials, speeches, etc.

●     Experience leading a team

●     A passion and aptitude for writing and storytelling

●     Positive outlook, fun and flexible

●     Excellent communications skills in English

●     Outstanding interpersonal skills

●     Knowledge of the cannabis industry and/or government relations is considered an asset


The position requires the ability to travel occasionally, work after hours as needed, and flexibility to work some weekends. The position comes with a salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package, including paid time off, health/dental insurance, comp time, and a 401K plan.

How to Apply

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and an example of your past work (e.g. an op-ed,

press release, TV or radio interview, etc.) to Because of the volume

of applications we receive, we aren’t able to respond to every one, but will contact

applicants we want to invite to interviews. No phone calls please.

Job posted: 2021-04-21