JOB: Director of Communications

  • Outdoor Market: jobLocation: Washington D.C.
  • Status: Full-time

The Director of Communications oversees all aspects of the Communications Division, including media relations, publications, web, social media, and other forms of electronic communications, and internal communications. The Director of Communications is responsible for managing all staff members in this Division, setting priorities and direction for ABC communications, and achieving long-term communications goals.
This position requires significant abilities and experience in communications and management, preferably within the NGO community, a broad understanding of ABC’s mission and philosophies, and a clear vision for ABC’s future place in the public consciousness and compelling ideas on how to achieve it. Knowledge of current bird conservation issues in the Americas is strongly preferred.
Major duties:

  • Coordinate and increase ABC outreach to U.S and international media outlets. This includes developing strategies and overseeing implementation of media and outreach campaigns in order to achieve the greatest media.
  • Manage and supervise staff in the Communications Division. Ensure all Communications Staff have appropriate and adequate training.
  • Create new and further develop existing strategies for expanding ABC communications to its members, other constituents, and the general public to maximize the organization’s public profile and recognition of its conservation achievements.
  • Oversee the timely production of ABC’s major publications (magazine, newsletter and annual report), including scheduling, content development, design, and distribution.
  • Oversee the management and development of ABC websites, including content, design, and navigation.
  • Coordinate integrated communications to ABC constituents in tandem with ongoing conservation campaigns and fundraising activities.
  • Oversee and further develop ABC’s social media campaigns.
  • Explore and enhance opportunities for collaborative communications outreach with other organizations.
  • Work with all divisions of ABC to enhance communications on ABC’s conservation work.
  • Oversee and enhance internal communication mechanisms within ABC.
  • Assist the Director of Membership in developing innovative ways of expanding ABC’s membership base.
  • Act as ABC spokesperson on ABC programs to the public, press, and peers in the conservation community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in the biological sciences, English, or journalism, plus a master’s degree in communications/media relations or at least four years relevant communications experience or a combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Proven experience in managing a communications program for an NGO or equivalent, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, and evaluating program needs.
  • Proven experience and ability in communicating with the press.
  • Proven experience and ability in coordinating media campaigns.
  • Proven writing and editing experience, including feature articles.
  • An understanding of social media and electronic communications systems and how they can be used most effectively to reach a broad, targeted audience.
  • Must be an effective communicator, both written and oral, able to synthesize copious, complex, and diverse material into information that ABC constituents will find understandable, engaging, and compelling.
  • Ability to identify and act on useful outreach opportunities.
  • Experience managing publications to regular deadlines.
  • Energetic, entrepreneurial, creative, proven managerial experience, and well organized, with the ability to coordinate many tasks and responsibilities.

Application instructions:
Please send (email preferred) a cover letter and resume by Dec. 7, 2012, to:
Merrie S. Morrison, Vice President for Operations, American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249,  The Plains, VA 20198;

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