Director of Communications

About the National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. As a national social justice organization, NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education, advocacy and collaboration on national issues of importance.

Description

The director of communications is a member of the leadership team and will be the organization’s chief communications strategist, responsible for the successful strategy, design, and execution of a robust public relations and digital engagement program that educates the public about transgender people and positions NCTE as a leader on issues of national importance to transgender people. As part of their portfolio, the director of communications, in conjunction with the policy staff, leads NCTE’s communications content production.

The director of communications provides guidance and oversight of the online communications manager on strategy and creative development. The director of communications must be comfortable coaching communications staff and interns.

This position reports to the executive director and works collaboratively with the deputy executive director, the director of policy, and the director of development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a strategic communications program that advances NCTE’s robust legislative, policy, public education, and online fundraising priorities.
  • Strategize and respond to constantly shifting daily events through digital and traditional media with (a lot of) humor and enthusiasm.
  • Serve as a thought leader and strategist internally with staff or externally with community-based partners on campaigns and initiatives. Create and manage communications systems including NCTE’s communications calendar and department tracking processes.
  • Supervise at least 2-3 Communications staff and manage NCTE’s Communications team projects.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with journalists along with NCTE’s Communications team.
  • Liaise with reporters along with NCTE’s Communications team on providing background, expert commentary, and other resources with and through NCTE’s spokespeople.
  • Coordinate with LGBT movement partners, advocates, Congressional staff, and coalitions on communications efforts.
  • Author, edit, and proofread content like resources, fact sheets, press releases, advisories, op-eds, emails, blog posts, and other materials.
  • Coach staff, partners, and community members on media interviews and digital content to ensure optimal preparedness and comfort.
  • Serve as an on-the-record spokesperson as needed.
  • Manage the online communications manager and interns including conducting annual performance reviews and quarterly check-ins.
  • Oversee communications consultants and vendor relationships.
  • Submit weekly reports, monthly timesheets, and other administrative duties in a timely manner.
  • Always On: Understanding and enthusiasm for working during non-business hours as part of the duties of a communications professional in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is competitive and based in part on the candidate’s experiences and skills. NCTE offers a robust benefits package including dental, vision, and health insurance, pre-tax transit benefits, and matching retirement program, in addition to federal holidays and ten paid vacation days in the first year of employment.

 

Qualifications: 
  • Experience: At least 3-5 years of experience leading a communications program for a non-profit or political campaigns. One year of experience managing full-time staff.
  • Track record of success: Successfully manage media for issue campaigns including identifying/coaching spokespeople, pitching reporters, and securing placements in national media outlets.
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning and executing initiatives within and across departments, and with consultants.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to leverage opportunities for growth.
  • Self-direction: Takes initiative and ambitious in a small, unstructured environment.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating and proofreading powerful, compelling written communications for advocacy and public education.
  • Knowledge: Possess a refined sense of design for marketing and advocacy in print and online.
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Salsa, Drupal, Adobe, or similar databases and technologies is helpful.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to work as integral part of a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a variety of assertive colleagues.
  • Prioritization and Detail Orientation: Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadline and in optimum quality.
  • Commitment to Social Justice: An understanding of and commitment to issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions is critical.
Location/Hours: 

The Director of Communications works out of our national office in Washington, DC. The position will involve occasional travel.

Application Information: 

We are committed to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our community. We strongly encourage people of color and people with disabilities to apply. This position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be given on a rolling basis.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three writing samples (two short-form, and one long-form piece) to apply@transequality.org. Web, video, and/or graphic design portfolio is welcome but not required.

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