Sr. Communications Manager

10 Nov, 2021


Sr. Communications Manager

Institute of Scrap Recycling
Washington, DC

General Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, this position is primarily responsible for implementing strategies and executing communication plans that support ISRI member and organizational goals. As the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, ISRI works to educate, inform and influence key external audiences — including federal, state and local decisionmakers as well as the media – through multi-channel communications programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

· Working with the VP of Communications, develops and implements effective strategies to increase ISRI’s awareness through media coverage by proactive and reactive media opportunities, identifying targets and building relationships with media, authoring and distributing press releases, tracking media coverage and maintaining an up-to-date list of key media contacts.

· Builds a library of messaging of collateral and resources for use by the media, members, and other stakeholders, including:

o Fact sheets, infographics and other media content on economic data and reports authored by ISRI economists and external consultants,

o Briefings on ISRI advocacy positions and industry background,

o Web content, such as recycling industry storytelling and “explainer” opportunities to educate public and influential audiences including the media, and

o social media strategy to ensure ISRI is a primary and credible resource for the media producing stories on recycling and sustainability issues.

· Works across departments and closely with others on the communications team on social media campaigns, member toolkits, and other communications tools.

· Identifies, drafts and pitches op-eds and thought leadership opportunities aimed at advancing ISRI policy and business objectives.

· Helps develop crisis communications best practices and serves as a point person for media in a crisis.

· Understands and helps translate complex domestic and international policy issues for the media, including international press.

· Maintains awareness of ISRI advocacy and policy positions to identify media outreach and educational opportunities.


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

Job Specifications

Qualifications and Education Requirements

· Undergraduate college degree, preferably in the field of communications or marketing

· 5-7 years of experience in media relations, social media, member communications, or related

Required Education/Skills

· A keen understanding of how the media works, how to spot and develop news-related content for the media, and a willingness to serve as a spokesperson and media contact on a daily basis.

· Strong writing/editing/verbal communications/customer service skills

· Ability to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.

· Ability to work across departments and support team members to ensure tasks and projects are successful

· Be able to verbally articulate ISRI’s messages to outside stakeholders in a clear manner

· Familiarity with email distribution systems; membership databases; Photoshop, InDesign, and/or other graphic design software; video recording and editing.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from ISRI.  Send letter of interest and resume to ISRI, Attn: Olga Zamora, VP of Human Resources, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC  20005-5903. No phone calls, please.

Job posted: 2021-11-10