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Publication or Company Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Job Title Communications Director
Industry Internet/Online/New Media, Non-profit, Public Relations, Social Media
Salary Competitive
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Flexible Hours, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location New York, NY
Job Requirements IAVA is an exceptionally dynamic working environment that offers staff a unique opportunity to become involved with the most important issues facing the nation. Based in our New York City headquarters, we are seeking a Communications Director.

S/he will oversee all media efforts for the organization. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to be a key architect in the development and implementation of nationwide communications campaigns. S/he will also have the opportunity to leverage national press relationships to gain coverage and generate public awareness around the most pressing issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

This position will be primarily focused on crafting communication strategies around all organizational campaigns, maximizing the visibility of IAVA in the national media space and coordinating with the marketing, digital engagement and policy teams to leverage media around key policy and issue related campaigns. Key tasks will include actively pushing IAVA and our issues in the media, promoting and enhancing membership and supporter engagement through email communications and social media, maintaining high level media contacts, drafting of press releases, media advisories, opinion pieces, blogs and content for organizational social media platforms. This position will also help with writing speeches and putting together press conferences/other high-level media events for IAVA leadership and spokespeople.

Building on IAVAís reputation as a leading source for first hand information about the issues facing U.S. troops and veterans, the Communications Director will be expected to inject the organizationís principles and spokespeople into the national conversation about the current conflicts and the issues acing this newest generation of veterans.

The Communications Director will report to the Chief Engagement Officer.

Responsibilities:

Creating strategic media plans for key organizational campaigns and initiatives.Integrating online and new media strategies into overall communications strategy.
Maintaining high-level press relationships and creating new press relationships.
Proactively pitching the media and generating coverage for the organization.Promoting and enhancing membership and supporter engagement through email communications and social media.
Liaising with the executive team on speeches, talking points and high-level presentations.
Overseeing the creation of press releases, media advisories, opinion pieces, blogs.
Drafting all internal messaging and talking points.

Qualifications:

A strong and proven track record of accomplishment in the communications field and experience working with both new and traditional media.
A background in the news, politics, government or military public relations is preferred.
Unblemished written, verbal and interpersonal skills are essential, as well as the ability to think creatively and generate new ideas.
A demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with members of the media and other internal and external partners.
A well-developed network of contacts and strong relationships within the media is preferred.
Excellent management and leadership skills.

Traits:

The right candidate must be media savvy, quick-thinking, articulate, well-read, strategic and comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment as an individual and team player.
S/he must be a long-term planner and effective at short-term rapid planning and crisis response.
S/he should have a strong familiarity with the news and key players in the news industry.
A good understanding of politics and Capitol Hill is a must.
An understanding of on and offline marketing and advertising is a plus.
About Our Company Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for new veterans, with over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st Century veteransí organization dedicated to standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives. Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, our mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. We work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in Health, Education, Employment and building a lasting Community for vets and their families (HEEC).

We create impact in these critical areas through assistance to vets and their families, raising awareness about issues facing our community and advocating for supportive policy from the federal to the local level.
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