Director of Communications

New America - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)

New America seeks a strong leader to lead its strategic communications and media relations work. Building on an exceptional brand and working with a talented team, this person will amplify New America’s reputation for innovative scholarship as it extends its impact across the country and into new fields of work.

Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Director of Communications will oversee the Communications and Events teams, setting overall strategy for the organization, and coordinating the strategy of each of our groundbreaking programs. Candidates should bring an intense interest in helping scholars reach new audiences to deliver impact on our policy work. With daily events, 6 policy reports per month and more than a thousand media citations a year, the source material is abundant.

Develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic communications and marketing plan for New America
Lead the strategy of media engagement, including coordinating the work of more than 100 scholars and 15+ programs
Coordinate with the digital, editorial and production teams to help use all our team’s tools to best amplify the New America brand and deliver impact for each of those programs
Supervise a staff of 7 of the most talented communications, events and design professionals in the industry
Supervise the measurement and reporting of all analytics tools to help New America assess its impact
Supervise the maintenance of all media contacts
Supervise the production and distribution of all program policy reports, including coordination with digital and production teams
Coordinate with Development team to support their work with events and communications activities
Supervise, and coordinate with relevant vendors, 2-3 annual conferences

10+ years of communications experience in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) agency or nonprofit entity, leading team across strategy, media and events. and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take in-depth, complex policy ideas and bring them to a variety of audiences across the country and in various industries.

Specific requirements include:
Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, scholars, donors, and other supporters
Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives

Application Process:
Submit a cover letter, resume and any samples of existing work that manifest a background in - and passion for - the above responsibilities. The ideal candidate would be available to start in early July, if not sooner.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.