Communications Director

Description: 

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to advocate for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With nearly 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at childrenslawcenter.org.

Responsibilities

The Communications Director serves as the central communications resource for Children’s Law Center (CLC) and is responsible for the organization’s brand. This individual will have responsibility for directly managing all communications-related operations and overseeing all communications projects. The Director develops, leads, oversees and implements the organization’s strategic communication plan, including:

  • Organizational branding
  • Messaging
  • Media relations
  • Digital media (website, social media and email newsletters)
  • Advocacy and policy campaigns
  • Storytelling
  • Internal communications

 

In addition, to owning the above initiatives, the Director works in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to support the branding aspects of CLC’s fundraising efforts.

This position serves as part of the organization’s management team as a program director. As head of a three-person communications team, the director fosters team morale and maintains a positive, motivating work environment. The ideal Director possesses effective leadership skills so all staff understand both working expectations and the overall direction of the organization. The Communications Director reports to the Policy Director.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of public relations principles, media protocol and communications strategy.
  • At least 8 years of corporate communications and/or public relations experience, specifically leading public relations efforts in support of organizational priorities, public policy, and reputation management.
  • Superb interpersonal skills with experience motivating, coaching, and developing high-performing teams.
  • Experience crafting, leading and implementing a strategic communications plan.
  • Ability to distill complex issues into effective communications materials for diverse target audiences.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage a variety of projects in a fast-paced environment while maintaining focus on high-level organizational goals.
  • Experience telling sensitive, complex and personal stories in a respectful, strength-based and ethical manner.
  • Experience developing and executing advocacy communications strategies designed to support and promote programmatic work and positions on policy issues.
  • Previous experience living and/or working in and with communities dealing with issues of poverty.  
  • Strong experience working with the national and local media: print, broadcast, digital, and social.
  • Possesses well-developed diplomacy skills including the ability to work effectively with humility and positivity, with all members of the CLC team. Ability to communicate positively, clearly and effectively with internal stakeholder teams, external vendors and efficiently manage and problem solve any challenges that arise.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to be flexible, nimble, versatile, and tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Openly provides, seeks and positively responds to constructive feedback for continual improvement.
  • Established DC-area media contacts in non-profits, legal or human services a plus.
Application Instructions: 

Position is open until filled.

No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references, and writing and/or campaign samples via mail, fax, or email to:

Children’s Law Center

501 3rd Street, NW · 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

202.467.4949 (fax)

jobs@childrenslawcenter.org

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.

Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally humble in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.