Director of Communications

08 Sep, 2022

Jobs

Director of Communications

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Washington, D.C.

The Director of Communications is responsible for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s (Advocates) communications and media program. Advocates is a broad-based alliance of consumer, safety, health and law enforcement groups and insurance organizations working together to promote effective roadway and vehicle safety legislation and policies to prevent crashes and protect all road users at both the state and federal levels. The position reports to the President and requires liaison with all other staff positions, as well as some members of the Board of Directors and their staffs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Media relations, including writing press releases, statements, op-eds and letters to the editor, making pitch calls to the media, facilitating media requests for interviews with senior staff, and maintaining and expanding media contact lists and relationships;
  • Maintaining relationships with related federal and state agencies’ and partner organizations’ communications departments;
  • Special events management and preparation (such as in-person and virtual press events, annual report release) including logistics such as coordination with production and equipment vendors, speaker line-up and remarks, etc.;
  • Maintaining liaison with select vendors as needed such as video monitoring services, graphic artists, video production companies, printers, and website manager;
  • Writing and editing communications to the Board of Directors and development contacts;
  • Overseeing Advocates’ website and working to update materials online in a timely matter;
  • Managing Advocates’ social media channels on YouTube and Twitter, as well as managing virtual meetings and events via Zoom as needed;
  • Providing editorial and public relations support as needed to other staff, serving as internal staff editor and media consultant for state, federal and regulatory staff;
  • Working with staff to develop, update and produce fact sheets on traffic and vehicle safety issues, talking points, and other materials used in media relations, advocacy, development and other purposes; and,
  • Responding to citizen inquiries as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or similar field and have a minimum of five years relevant work experience dealing with the media and producing communications related products. Must be an exceptional persuasive writer with the ability to learn quickly, understand nuances in policy and messaging, maintain a high level of organization and juggle many assignments at once in a fast-paced environment often under tight deadlines.  Other qualifications considered to be desirable for this position include prior experience working for an elected official or in non-profit advocacy.  Salary is negotiable based on experience. Please email resume and cover letter to Director of Administration Lisa Drew ldrew@saferoads.org.

Manager of State and Federal Government Relations

The Manager of State and Federal Government Relations is a vital staff position for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) (www.saferoads.org). Founded in 1989, Advocates is a (501)(c)(4) lobbying organization with board members representing  leading consumer, public health, safety and law enforcement organizations and the major property and casualty insurance companies and associations working together to advance laws, regulations and programs to prevent motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries. It is a highly successful organization whose views are sought by Members of Congress, state legislators, government officials, public health and safety organizations, and opinion leaders.

The position assists and reports to the Director of Government Relations and to the Senior Director of Advocacy and State Legislation, both of whom report directly to the President. However, all of Advocates’ staff members engage in frequent collaboration and coordination on federal and state policy issues and strategies. The ideal candidate should have experience and working knowledge of federal and/or state legislative processes, ability to plan and implement advocacy strategies, excellent writing skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills as well as proficiency in handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced working environment.

Primary Job Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Monitor, track and analyze federal and state legislation and related policy issues to determine possible impact on highway and auto safety policies, programs and laws.
  • Prepare informational and advocacy materials including legislative summaries, fact sheets, talking points, letters and position papers on safety issues.
  • Assist in the development, coordination and implementation of grassroots advocacy initiatives and coalition building and prepare call-to-action alerts.
  • Effectively communicate Advocates’ priorities on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and with other safety partners and stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with legislative staff, government officials, thought leaders, and relevant safety, public health and consumer organizations.
  • Attend legislative and agency hearings, meetings and informational events including conferences, coalition meetings and working groups on behalf of Advocates.
  • Support special projects and events including in-person and virtual press conferences, Board of Directors meetings, Congressional receptions, annual state legislative report, and others as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 3-4 years of relevant experience on the staff of an elected official or in the areas of government/legislative affairs in the private sector or with a non-profit organization, and/or involvement in a political campaign.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legislative process and ability to analyze information and prepare concise and comprehensive written and oral reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal professionally with persons inside and outside of the organization concerning Advocates’ safety priorities.
  • Ability to work independently yet cooperatively and collaboratively with Advocates’ staff and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-pressure environment, often under tight deadlines, while maintaining keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position and a copy of your resume to Lisa Drew, ldrew@saferoads.org. Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

Job posted: 2022-09-08