Director of Communications

20001, Washington D.C.
Up to $90,000 per year + excellent benefit package
Aug 23, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

The Governors Highway Association (GHSA) is seeking a full-time Director of Communications. The Director of Communications is responsible for managing GHSA’s communications activities including print and electronic publications, news media, and GHSA’s website and social media accounts. The role also collaborates on GHSA’s Annual Meeting, develops and delivers presentations at conferences and events, and enhances the overall quality and visibility of GHSA’s communications. Duties include:

  • Managing all print and electronic publications including, but not limited to:
  • Writing, editing and preparing GHSA’s newsletter for publication and overseeing production and dissemination.
  • Managing publications including materials to publicize the benefits of state highway safety activities, significant developments on safety issues, noteworthy projects implemented by state highway safety officers, etc.
  • Updating GHSA’s policy publication and other standard organizational publications as needed.
  • Reviewing all publications to ensure consistency in and quality of sign and style, develop and implement publications standards, managing the bidding process of GHSA publications and implementing improvements to GHSA publications within annual budget allocations.
  • Managing the cultivation and management of news media and media contacts in collaboration with GHSA senior staff. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing news releases, op/eds and letters to editor, fielding media inquiries, tracking all media contacts and coverage, managing media distribution lists, working with public relations officers of other organizations, conducting targeted outreach to reporters covering traffic safety topics, and serving on committees where communications expertise is needed.
  • Overseeing the use of electronic communication tools including emails distribution lists, discussion groups, webinars, survey tools and email marketing.
  • Managing GHSA’s website content and social media including, but not limited to, curating all content on GHSA’s public and member websites, managing restricted content access, monitoring and managing GHSA’s social media accounts, and enhancing GHSA’s social media presence.
  • Supporting GHSA’s National Law Enforcement Liaison Program through social media account curation and webinar facilitation.
  • Collaborating on communication initiatives for GHSA’s Annual Meeting including, but not limited to, the development of all promotional materials, working with the host state to publicize the meeting, preparing special issue of the daily newsletter, overseeing the meeting app, and other all print, digital marketing and communication meeting requirements.
  • Preparing and delivering presentations at conferences, meetings and other events as a representative of GHSA
  • Managing external communication contractors and vendors.
  • Other duties as assigned aligned with the objectives of GHSA.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree as well as a minimum of 5+ years of applicable communications experience. Experience with transportation/roadway safety, development and grants, and supervisory experience are highly desirable.

GHSA represents the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral and highway safety issues, including: occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. GHSA provides leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. GHSA is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Governors Highway Safety Association, see GHSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The full job description can be located at:

Interested candidates should send their resume and salary expectations to Elizabeth Richards at

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