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Drug Policy Alliance
131 W 33rd St
New York, New York (United States)

Web: http://www.drugpolicy.org

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Managing Director, Communications


Job ID: 53751
Job Views: 44
Location: New York, New York, United States
Postal Code: 10001
Job Category: Public Relations/Marketing,Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary:
Posted: 08.11.2017

Job Description

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.
 
Primary Responsibilities
 
  • 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.

Application Process
 
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to hr@drugpolicy.org. 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.
 

Job Requirements

Qualifications
 
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


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