Senior Director, Executive Communications

New York
Jul 12, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
C. Schaeffler
Full Time
Job Summary:

The Senior Director of Executive Communications will serve as primary writer for the ASPCA's executive team and within Media & Communications. In collaboration with the department SVP, this position will help develop executive communications strategy and will conceive of, draft and edit internal and external communications for senior executives in both traditional and social media. The position also will help oversee internal communications for the organization and assist in the writing and editing of other M&C communications, as necessary.

Job Responsibilities:

Work closely with leadership team to develop and implement external communications strategy and help draft communications for experts on social media.
Draft and edit speeches, public remarks and talking points for senior executives for internal and external communications
Oversee speaking opportunities and speaker's bureau for executives
Draft and edit newspaper, online and blog columns
Draft, edit, copy-edit ASPCA's written communications, such as biographies, backgrounders
Oversee and manage internal communications staff including intranet
Oversee, along with M+C and HR, as appropriate, internal communications for the CEO and senior executives.
Oversee ASPCA's press kit and organizational press materials
Draft and edit Op Eds and Letters to the Editor, as necessary
Work closely with senior members of the Media & Communications team to develop editorial concepts for senior executives
Draft and / or edit crisis communications materials, as necessary
Edit press releases and other communications, as necessary


Minimum of a B.A. or B.S.


Five-10 years experience writing for media outlets AND five-10 years experience conceiving, drafting, writing and editing communications including executive speeches, Op/Eds, press releases, and internal memos for senior executives within corporate or non-profit sector
An accomplished writer with extensive experience writing for accredited media outlets
Experience writing for social media (Twitter, blogs, Facebook, etc.)
Experienced researcher and news writer
Published writing samples required

Knowledge Requirements:

Strong understanding of traditional news, social media and business of media
Ability to conduct basic research online and with other resources
Ability to follow and report on animal welfare trends and current events reported in the media
Ability to maintain good working relationship with the senior executives, public, employees, and department staff
General understanding of animal welfare and ASPCA's mission
Knowledge of and experience with IBM-compatible computers, word processing software, and other office equipment
Working knowledge of MS Office Suites, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, and social media platforms
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, if required

Skills Requirements:

Strong verbal and written communications skills a must
Strong strategic and analytical skills a must
Well organized and ability to prioritize various tasks
Ability to perform job in professional manner and maintain confidentiality
Strong inter-personal communications skills
Ability to work rapidly and meet deadlines under pressure
Proficiency in word processing and database computer programs, as above
Ability to work independently and collaboratively, as projects require

Additional Information:

Must be a legal resident of the United States and be able to provide proof of authorization to work in the United States.
Must be able to travel, if necessary


Our generous benefit package includes the following for full-time employees and (if qualified, we offer domestic partner coverage!) Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, 401(k), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Transit checks, Tuition Assistance Program, Training Seminars, EAP, 50% hospital discount, Vacation, Sick, Personal & Company Holiday time off.

If interested in applying to this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements at

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