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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is excited to welcome a new member to our team! We are looking for a passionate and innovative candidate to lead our organization’s communications department. The Director of Communications will work in tandem with the Executive Director and the Communications Coordinator to develop and implement comprehensive communications strategies uplift and further the impact and reach of AVP’s programs.  

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. We were one of the first LGBTQ anti-violence organizations in the country and remain a leader in the anti-violence movement. 

The Director of Communications works with AVP staff and Board to create and execute a communications strategy that builds our connection to all of our constituencies and engages them in the agency’s mission, goals and programmatic work. The Communications Director will direct the work of AVP’s Communications team, overseeing the organization’s marketing, branding, public/media relations, and digital engagement efforts to more deeply engage with existing audiences and broadly engage with new ones. As a member of AVP’s management team, the Director is charged with developing and implementing organizational communications initiatives to strengthen AVP’s ability to meet its strategic goals and achieve its vision. The Director of Communications will be responsible for the overall management of communications staff, and will be charged with strategically growing the communications department, including adding a new full-time staff person slated to begin in January 2022.

The ideal person for this job is highly organized and detail-oriented with a passion for storytelling, and is a strong writer and speaker. A commitment to ending violence within and against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people and communities is a must. Candidates fluent in Spanish, as well as English, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Key Responsibilities:

Lead development, implementation, and evaluation of AVP’s organization-wide communications strategy.

  • Work collaboratively across agency departments to articulate AVP’s mission and programming in ways that effectively engage our multiple audiences.
  • Meet regularly with Board Communications Committee to support the strategic direction of the agency’s communications
  • Guide and participate in creation of all printed and electronic communications, including the organization’s website, mailing lists, and social media accounts.
  • Track communications and marketing results, and report to AVP’s Board of Directors on agency communications
  • Develop and steward external relationships across all aspects of Communications, especially with members of the media and organizational partners
  • Take lead responsibility for coordination and tracking of constituent engagement across email, e-newsletters, online and social media
  • Lead media relations strategy, expand press coverage of agency’s work, and foster and maintain relationships with news media editors and reporters
  • Prepare agency spokespeople for interaction with the press; occasionally serve as a representative and spokesperson to press.
  • Monitor local and national news coverage for incidents of violence against LGBTQ individuals to write community and media alerts, as well as national published reports. 
  • Partner with the fundraising team in the development, promotion, and execution of fundraising events. 

Serve as a member of AVP’s management team, helping lead the organization to achieve its mission

  • Supervise, coach, and mentor the Communications Department staff
  • Lead annual goal-setting processes within Communications department
  • In collaboration with Finance team, develop and manage department budgets
  • Participate in organization-wide strategic planning and organizational culture building initiatives 

Applicants should have: 

  • At least 5 years of experience in a communications role
  • A least 3 years of experience supervising staff
  • A proven track record of designing and executing digital media campaigns across various platforms
  • Confidence managing external partners including consultants and press
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and email marketing software, like MailChimp
  • A sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all of our major stakeholders, including staff and board members, clients, community members, volunteers, donors, and all other supporters
  • The ability to prioritize and follow through effectively

This position offers the opportunity to work in an organization that:

  • Approaches our work from anti-oppressive and trauma-informed principles, internally and externally, recognizing we always have room to grow
  • Values collaboration and creativity in our passionate team
  • Centers our work on those most impacted by violence, working to find community-based, and community-led solutions
  • Is committed to providing strong supervisory support and professional development opportunities

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is excited to welcome a new member to our team! We are looking for a passionate and innovative candidate to lead our organization’s communications department. The Director of Communications will…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    September 10, 2021

Salary

USD 95,000 - USD 110,000

Benefits

This is an at-will, exempt position with a salary range of $95,000 - $110,000. Hours are generally 10am – 6pm, Monday through Friday with schedule flexibility to accommodate evening and weekend events and crisis communication. This position is based in the AVP office in Manhattan, but is currently remote due to COVID-19.

Good benefits and working environment. Benefits include, but are not limited to, paid time off amounting to over 5 weeks in first year of employment plus generous sick time, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, 403(b) retirement investment plan (employee contribution only), flexible spending accounts for medical and transit costs, pooled sick leave, paid family leave, and flexible/remote work options.

This is an at-will, exempt position with a salary range of $95,000 - $110,000. Hours are generally 10am – 6pm, Monday through Friday with schedule flexibility to accommodate evening and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Candidates fluent in Spanish, as well as English, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Candidates fluent in Spanish, as well as English, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
116 Nassau Street, New York, NY 10038, United States
3rd Floor

How to Apply

Interested applicants can upload their cover letter, resume, and two short writing samples as a single PDF to https://bit.ly/avpishiring by September 10, 2021.

No phone calls, please. Candidates will be notified if we are seeking an interview; because of the high volume of responses, it will not be possible to respond to all inquiries. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

AVP is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses. There is no minimum education requirement for this position.

Interested applicants can upload their cover letter, resume, and two short writing samples as a single PDF to https://bit.ly/avpishiring by September 10, 2021.

No phone calls, please…

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