DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) seeks a Director of Communications to support its strategic communications operations. The Director of Communications will implement the organization’s overall communications strategy, including the execution of digital and earned media plans and email outreach to FPI constituents. The Director of Communications will advance our mission by working with FPI team and other stakeholders to amplify and coordinate a consistent message to all constituents of the organization. This position reports to the President & CEO.

THE CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have prior communications experience in government and politics.  He or she will be a self-motivated and energetic professional with sound judgment, intelligence, drive and a demonstrable record of working in a political organization where social media and online engagement are top priorities. 

He or she will be skilled at conceptualizing, designing, and implementing a communications plan for the Institute.  The candidate should possess a deep commitment to the Institute’s nonpartisan mission to advance democracy by creating experiences that bring political leaders together across divides. We do this through our Congressional pilgrimages, forums and small group dialogues.  The Director of Communications will consistently seek to advance the Institute’s goals both in day-to-day work and in long-range planning, current work and rich historic content from over the three decades of work in the Nation’s capital.

The Director of Communications will work closely with the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Programs and Events to assist with communications related materials for all programming and organizational communications throughout the year. 

We are looking for a hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style with a positive team-first attitude. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization, to effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. Equal parts integrity, compassion, patience and comity are necessary to address the sometimes unpredictable and at times deeply divided environment on Capitol Hill in a professional, poised, positive and productive manner.

This is a general overview of some of the details of the duties expected to be performed during the course of your employment. This document is not all inclusive and your responsibilities will change as the needs of the business change.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop a strategic communications plans (internal/external/digital and program specific) and implementation tactics, driving a communications and media placement strategy from conception to implementation;

  • Creates compelling content for website and social media;

  • Creates powerful messages, storylines and public relations monitoring the overall effectiveness and results of these programs;

  • Develops talking points, speeches and op-eds, messages, draft press releases, and other materials;

  • Collaborates with communications partners on media strategy and strategic communications support;

  • Collaborates with graphic designers on program-related materials and other FPI materials as needed;

  • Develops annual report and donor prospectus with COO and other staff leads; and

  • Working with COO, develops annual communications budget.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, or related field;

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in public affairs/communications with a focus on the federal government, politics, or Capitol Hill;

  • Possess strong writing skills, both technically and stylistically—can communicate complex concepts and narratives clearly and concisely for multiple audiences;

  • Possess excellent judgment, interpersonal skills, and commitment to mission to achieve organizational goals;

  • Experience with creative social media strategy, website and database management;

  • Experience drafting and editing public affairs products;

  • Experience pitching media;

  • Strong organizational, planning, and media training skills;

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the issues surrounding faith, politics and public service;

  • Ability to travel periodically (approximately 10%);

  • Assist with programs, events, and activities as directed;

  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with supervisors, colleagues, and stakeholders;

  • Accepts and acts on performance-based criticism and direction;

  • Adheres to the office attendance policy;

  • Works well under pressure and handles stress with grace;

  • Works a flexible schedule that may include long hours, nights, and weekends; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee may also be regularly required to travel by automobile, walking short distances, taking trains or air travel to achieve work goals. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the manager's job.