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Director of Communications

Director of Communications
Organization: CommunicationFIRST
Location: Remote
Date Posted: 01/09/2024

CommunicationFIRST – Job Opportunity

Director of Communications

CommunicationFIRST is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights and interests of the estimated 5 million children and adults in the United States who, due to disability or other conditions, cannot rely on speech alone to be heard and understood. We are disability-led and cross-disability in focus.


Develop and Implement Strategic Communications Plan

  • Create the organization’s first strategic communications plan, focusing on developing public awareness and engaging constituents.

Communications Calendar Management

  • Develop and manage a communications calendar.

Website and Social Media Management

  • Expand and manage the organization’s website and social media.
  • Write, edit, format, and post accessible content.

Webinars and Events

  • Conceive, design, and execute public webinars and occasional in-person events.

Video Production

  • Produce, edit, and caption videos.

Content Creation and Dissemination

  • Draft, edit, design, produce, and disseminate press releases, white papers, reports, position statements, toolkits, newsletters, and other resources.

Guest Blogging and Art Publication

  • Solicit, edit, and publish guest blogs and art from AAC users.

Public Inquiries Management

  • Respond to email, text, and phone inquiries from the general public.

What We Hope You’ll Bring to the Role

  • Exceptional attention to detail; Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills.
  • Strong document production and graphic design skills.
  • Experience designing digital marketing materials to generate community engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability as a self-starter.
  • Experience managing social media (TikTok, LinkedIn, Bluesky, Twitter/X, Facebook, Instagram, Threads).
  • Experience with CRM software.
  • Familiarity with WordPress and the latest WCAG standards.
  • Experience using AAC and/or interacting with AAC users.
  • Lived disability experience; Commitment to our mission and to disability equity and justice.
  • Prior experience in a Communications position.

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual Salary: $75,000-$85,000, depending on skills and experience.
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance, with 90% of premiums paid by the organization.
  • Generous leave policy.

Application Process

Email [email protected] with the subject line “Comms Position” and attach (in a single, screen-readable PDF, if possible):

  1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position and your connections (if any) to AAC users.
  2. Your résumé or CV, containing detailed information about your qualifications for this position.
  3. A short writing sample.
  4. An example of something you have designed and produced (e.g., webpage, report, meme, brochure, flyer, video) (this can be sent by link (for a video or webpage), image, or document file (e.g., PDF)).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are selected for interviews. One or more untimed editing and / or design exercises may be given later in the process.

People with speech-related or other disabilities and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an LGBTQIA-friendly workplace. Please let us know of any accommodations you might need to apply by contacting us at [email protected] or calling or texting: 202-556-0573.

CommunicationFIRST is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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