Communications Director

Location
New York
Posted
Dec 21, 2012
Closes
Jan 20, 2013
Contact
Mr. Michael Houston
Duration
Full Time
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 IAVA’s 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 organization’s 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.

Start date: Immediate

Application deadline: Rolling

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: IAVA provides a range of benefit packages and three weeks paid vacation per year.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to hiring@iava.org, with “Communications Director ” in the subject line. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to IAVA. Examples of work products are welcomed. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.IAVA is an equal opportunity employer.

VETERANS OF THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.