Director of Communications

25 Feb, 2021

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Director of Communications

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Washington, DC

Job Description Summary:

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) is an independent program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. GRP conducts programs and activities that support the residents of the Gulf of Mexico region with a focus on offshore energy safety, environmental protection and stewardship, and community health and resilience. The program’s portfolio includes grants and other funding opportunities, fellowships, workshops, community engagement, and a range of innovative initiatives. The GRP Communications Director will be tasked with addressing the GRP’s multiple communications needs, including: public communications about GRP programs and funding opportunities; engagement with prospective and active grantees and partners, and increasing awareness of issues confronting the Gulf region. GRP was established in 2013 under a 30-year, $500 million endowment entrusted to the National Academies under agreements arising from the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

The GRP takes issues of equity and justice very seriously. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our work, and exercising these principles in our staffing, granting, board appointments, and fellowships. This core value applies to our communications, as well.

GRP has five program areas:
• Offshore energy safety
• Environmental protection and stewardship
• Gulf health and resilience
• Gulf education and engagement
• Data, analytics and impact

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO) is hiring a Director of Communications to serve the Gulf Research Program. The Director of Communications will be responsible for oversight and development of strategic communications for all GRP activities and management of GRP communications staff. The Director is responsible for building GRP awareness, reach, and engagement with targeted audiences through the development and use of integrated communications programs, including media relations, digital and social media, internal communications, and creative audience engagement activities. GRP Director of Communications will manage GRP communications activities while working closely with central communications staff.

Job Description:

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

Implement a communication strategy for GRP that aligns with division and institutional goals. Lead the planning, development, and coordination of internal and external communications related to:  contributions of GRP programs; engagement with prospective and active grantees and partners; and increasing awareness of issues confronting the Gulf region.   Identify target audiences for program and project communications and appropriate messaging for those audiences. Oversee strategic messaging, internal communications, e-mail marketing, and other digital content for GRP in coordination with and supported by OCCO digital, distribution, media, and social media teams, including a focus on brand consistency across GRP external communication products.  Track, evaluate and report on metrics and impact of communications initiatives. Form effective teams and cultivate a work environment that fosters teamwork among program and communications staff. Provide training and strategic advice to GRP project staff on communications and messaging, enlisting the help of consultants, as needed. Ensure that GRP communications programs help build the reputation of the National Academies by complementing and supporting the communications strategies, policies and programs of the National Academies. Work closely with GRP finance officer on budgets for communications activities in GRP.

NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Related duties as required.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Experience in managing successful communications programs for complex organizations to build awareness, engagement and reputation.
  • Inclusive leader of teams including direct reports, consultants, peers, and senior executives.
  • Disciplined approach to planning, organizing, and executing strategic communications.
  • Proven ability to engage targeted audiences through creative communications programs including social, web, e-mail, video, media relations and other disciplines as appropriate.
  • Facility with interactive websites
  • Track record of building effective outreach programs.
  • Comfort with managing audience research to guide effective communications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to translate scientific language for lay audiences
  • Expertise in current methods used to establish, measure, and report on metrics to evaluate success.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Gulf region and/or business networks related to GRP program work.
  • Experience in a communications agency or communications for a think tank.
  • Experience working to promote engagement around fellowships and grants.
  • Experience working with rapid-response communications.

Minimum Experience:  Eight years of related professional experience. Four years of supervisory experience.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge. Master’s degree or equivalent valued.

Physical Capabilities:  Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  None.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Will supervise staff. Reports to the National Academies Chief Communications Officer. General direction is provided.

Work Environment:  Office environment with occasional travel between National Academies’ facilities and to off-site locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  It is also the institution’s policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.

Welcome!

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  It is also the institution’s policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.

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Job posted: 2021-02-25