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Communications Director

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Defenders of Wildlife
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Washington, DC
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Published 8 days ago

POSITION SUMMARY

The Communications Director is responsible for developing both proactive and reactive communications campaigns and strategies to inform targeted audiences and the public about Defenders of Wildlife and its conservation work and policies, and to build support for Defenders’ conservation positions with the public, decision-makers and elected officials, both nationally and locally. The director manages four direct staff members.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with management, program and field staff to develop and implement (writing, editing, pitching reporters, etc.) strategies and tactics to raise the visibility of the organization and Defenders’ priority issues with national and regional media
  • Manage earned media activities for high priority issues, such as Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act or other issues of importance to Defenders
  • Maintain and continue to build relationships with reporters and writers
  • Work with media team to:
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for priority issues
  • Pitch stories and appearances to targeted media outlets
  • Prepare for reactive and longer-term responses for breaking news
  • Review draft press materials (statements, quotes, op-ed, etc.)
  • Work with program staff, legal and scientific experts in the execution of media strategies
  • Work to place advertisements for major campaigns, as appropriate within budget
  • Assist and train program staff on message development and delivery, as needed
  • Hire, manage and evaluate media staff
  • Mentor and coach media staff. Identify training needs. Prepare and deliver performance reviews
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent

Experience: 8 years of relevant experience; 3 years supervisory experience (if applicable)

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


 Visit www.defenders.org to apply. 

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


POSITION SUMMARY

The Communications Director is responsible for developing both proactive and reactive communications campaigns and strategies to inform targeted audiences and the public about Defenders of Wildlife and its…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Compensation

USD 78,000 - USD 83,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
1130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

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