Media Director (Washington, D.C.; Montgomery, AL)
- Full Time
The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks a highly-skilled Media Director with a proven track record of success leading public education and communications campaigns for legal, legislative, public policy and/or government entities.
Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Media Director will lead a team of nearly two-dozen communication professionals working to elevate the organization’s legal, legislative, and programmatic work, including issue areas focused on hate and extremism, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, economic justice, children’s rights and voting rights.
The Media Director will work collaboratively with directors across the Communications and Creative departments and colleagues in legal and programs to develop comprehensive public relations campaigns and leverage strategic communications tactics to help shape public discourse and bring victories to the communities that the organizations serves.
The incumbent must be able to juggle multiple projects, manage an earned media team working on hundreds of initiatives at any given time and collaborate effectively with team members at all levels of the organization in a fast-paced environment.
This posting is for one position that can be located in either Montgomery, AL or Washington D.C.
Primary Job Functions:
- Managing a team of communications professionals toward successful outcomes;
- Leading initiatives and working across teams to design comprehensive public education and communications campaigns;
- Implementing public education campaigns and communications strategies that help shape public discourse and secure successful outcomes;
- Drafting effective content — including messaging and talking points — that engage and mobilize target audiences; OpEds, web content, and other content as needed.
Related Work Experience:
- A minimum of 15 years communications work experience, with an emphasis in either agency, in-house or nonprofit;
- At least 5 years of experience in managing a team of more than a dozen staff members;
- Knowledge of and experience working with regional and national news media and online media;
- Proven track record leading initiatives and working across teams to design comprehensive public education and communications campaigns;
- Substantial experience implementing public education campaigns and communications strategies that help shape public discourse and secure successful outcomes;
- Track record of drafting effective content — including messaging and talking points — that engage and mobilize target audiences;
- Existing relationships and a contacts list full of bookers at leading TV/radio outlets and journalists from top-tier print/online outlets;
- Experience pitching and placing stories and OpEds with large mainstream media outlets and building thought leadership programs for key spokespeople;
- Track record of positioning an organization, political candidate, or cause in a competitive communications environment;
- Experience leading a communications team responsible for reaching multiple internal and external audiences.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Exceptional communications skills, including clear, concise writing and ability to frame complex issues for the media, supporters and public;
- Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons;
- Exceptional editing and writing skills, including drafting OpEds, web content, and other content as needed;
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.