Director of Communications and Government Relations

Developmental Disabilities Institute
Smithtown, New York (US)
Commensurate with Experience
Dec 05, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Director of Communications and Government Relations

Smithtown, NY



Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) was founded in 1961 to provide therapeutic intervention and address the special education needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Today, DDI is a dynamic, nonprofit, multi-site agency, each day serving hundreds of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, providing educational, residential, habilitative, vocational, transportation and other supports to the Long Island community. DDI’s educational, residential, day and vocational supports are as diverse as the people we serve. Through nearly 60 years of sustained effort, DDI has grown substantially. Today, we are the leading provider of services and programs for children and adults with autism on Long Island, and we are acknowledged by the State and among our peers for our expertise in supporting both children and adults with complex and challenging behaviors. Our agency recognizes the unique needs of each person we care for, maintaining the highest standards of teaching and training for our children and adults, their families, and our staff. We pride ourselves on utilizing research-based methods across all our programs.


The Director of Communications and Government Relations is a role essential to executing the agency’s communications and responsible for agency-wide strategic and annual planning. S/he will report directly to the Executive Director, serve as a member of the senior management team and oversee the Communications staff.




  • Responsible for conceptualizing and overseeing the execution of DDI’s communications on all fronts including media outreach, digital and social media, internal communications, fundraising efforts, events and publications.
  • Lead the development, implementation and evaluation of DDI’s communication and marketing strategies, objectives and projects to advance the agency’s mission and increase DDI’s visibility amongst key stakeholders, including media, policymakers and donors.
  • Coordinate agency-wide communications and public image efforts to differentiate DDI from other providers in the eyes of all stakeholders in ways that reinforce commitment to our values.
  • Build and enrich relationships with federal, state and local officials and their staff and lead the advocacy efforts for the agency.
  • Engage directly with elected officials and their staff to discuss public policy issues and legislation and provide guidance and mentorship to staff advocacy efforts.
  • Implement measurement tools and metrics to ensure that internal and external communications efforts build meaningful engagement and broaden DDI awareness and ensure they are meeting/exceeding targets. Working with the Communications Committee of the Board, reevaluate plans regularly to check progress and ROI, and adjust as necessary.
  • Collaborate with executive and senior leadership and the Board of Directors to develop communications strategies and channels that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact.
  • Manage and facilitate the generation of online website, social media, intranet and print content that engages target audiences and advance DDI’s brand identity.
  • Develop relationships with members of the media, government and peer networks to create new opportunities for DDI.
  • Ensure the organization’s vision, purpose, and values are appropriately reflected in all communications.




  • BS/BA Degree in Communications and five or more years of management experience with a similar human services organization.
  • 10 years of proven successful experience in communications, marketing and public relations.
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies across all forms of media. Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence.”
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Highly collaborative working style with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and entrepreneurially;
  • Ability to create and implement new initiatives.
  • Strong commitment to the agency’s mission, purpose, and values.

Please apply online via the provided link.


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