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Families for Excellent Schools
80 Pine Street
New York, New York (United States)

Phone: 3475279433

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Director, Communications

Job ID: 53585
Job Views: 17
Location: New York, New York, United States
Postal Code: 10005
Job Category: Online/New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 07.17.2017

Job Description


At Families for Excellent Schools, our employees are passionate about their belief that all children should have access to great schools and education. We have diverse professional and personal backgrounds, and we don’t simply accept them - we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, organization and the communities with which we work.  We are an active and energetic group, who like to roll up our sleeves and get things done, which reinforces our culture and organization's core values of Collaboration, Results, Grit, and Respect.  


As Director of Communications, you will own and drive media coverage for Families for Excellent Schools across the states where we work.  Reporting to the Managing Director of Communications and working closely with other members of the Communications team, you will develop earned and owned media content (op-eds, press releases, emails, parent stories), and will be end-game responsible for all of the organization’s written content. You will work as an integral member across multiple teams and dive headfirst into a fast-paced environment. If you are a very strong writer, love working with people, and want to be involved in mission driven work, we happily invite to apply to join our team!


Responsibilities of the Director of Communications will include but are not limited to:

  • Develop strategies for advancing issues and campaigns that are consistent with Families for Excellent Schools’ stance;
  • Edit and/or write all written content for public presentation on FES’s campaigns, including but not limited to thoughtful and compelling Op-Eds, press releases, issue briefs, and speeches;
  • Manage a team of talented content producers;
  • Manage a rapid-response media operation to pitch content to news outlets; 
  • Work closely with digital team to integrate content across all media channels;
  • Manage logistical support of media events (press conference, rallies, events);
  • Oversee Families for Excellent Schools’ press list development and clip files; Manage press kit preparation and communications infrastructure; 


Candidates should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have the following:

  • 5+ years of communications or relevant experience;
  • Strong general communication skills;
  • Extremely strong writing/editing skills - background in editing/writing strong preferred;
  • Successful experience working in fast-paced, campaign environments, with the capacity to be nimble flexible, collaborative, and solutions-oriented; 
  • Strong project management skills; detail orientation, with an ability to operate in a highly organized fashion;
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with various internal and external partners;
  • Political experience preferred but not required;
  • Preferred commitment to education, low-income communities, and communities of color.


Families for Excellent Schools is committed to providing the best for our employees in and outside of the office. We offer competitive salaries and a full slate of benefits including health coverage, an FSA, a 401K plan with 5% matching and pre-tax commuter benefits, and monthly cell phone bill reimbursements. Employees enjoy a generous vacation policy, alternating summer Fridays, and our office is shut down for a week at the end of the calendar year. We’ve partnered with AnyPerk to provide discounts from over 850 brands so that our employees can save on a variety of different products. Perks also include a MacBook on your first day and an open and collaborative office space.

Families for Excellent Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Families for Excellent Schools does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Families for Excellent Schools is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values teamwork, collaboration, creativity, and diversity.

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