The Managing Director of Communications leads a comprehensive communications, marketing, media relations, and brand-management program to further both DPA’s drug policy reform agenda and its reputation as the leading drug policy reform organization.
The Managing Director of Communications serves on DPA’s management team, reports to the Executive Director, provides leadership to a talented staff of 14 professionals with expertise in media relations, web-based advocacy, social media, and publications and oversees a $2.3 million communications budget.
Articulate and unite DPA behind a strategic communications plan designed to promote DPA’s vision, mission and values
Design and manage issue-based campaigns, framing DPA’s agenda for multiple and diverse audiences
Cultivate and support DPA spokespeople, training staff on communications strategies, key messages, and use of materials
Ensure the use of effective, well-researched messages throughout the organization
Create and oversee DPA’s marketing and brand management strategy, ensuring consistency of messages, images, and materials
Manage online communications and ensure that DPA utilizes a cutting edge approach to social media and other emerging media channels and technologies
Oversee media relations to maximize exposure in print, broadcast, and online media channels
Manage the writing, design, production, and sale/distribution of all print and electronic publications and merchandise
Coordinate DPA’s representation at regional, national, and international conferences, symposia, and other events
Serve as a spokesperson for the organization
Manage and mentor communications staff and oversee budgets for all DPA communications functions
Coordinate closely with the Executive Director, the Development Director, and other staff to support DPA’s fundraising efforts
Terms of Employment
Preference is given to NYC candidates, however this position could be located in Oakland, California or Washington, DC. Some travel required.
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to email@example.com. No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.
Please include the following in the subject line: "Last Name, First Name – Managing Director, Communications”
Email submissions are preferred, but may also be submitted by mail to:
Devon Hutchins Human Resources Manager Re: Managing Director of Communications Drug Policy Alliance 131 West 33th Street 15th Floor New York, NY 10001
The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.
The ideal candidate will have:
Minimum of 10 years’ management experience in communications, public relations, or marketing with an effective, visible advocacy organization or public campaign
Demonstrated experience planning and executing major issue-based campaigns utilizing offline and online media channels, including social networks
Track record of success in creating effective strategies and messages
Experience with public opinion research
Experience generating media coverage for policy issues and a proven track record of packaging ideas and pitching and placing stories in local and national media outlets, including online venues
Experience in the creation of successful social media strategies and campaigns
Enthusiastic support for DPA’s agenda and a strong commitment to DPA’s mission and vision
Strong leadership abilities and experience managing senior staff and consultants
Strong budget management skills
Excellent writing, speaking, and analytic skills
Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a good sense of humor
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational attainment preferred