Seeking Candidates for Director, State Communications
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Fast-paced advocacy organization
seeks State Communications Director to develop and implement
communications strategies in support of state policy goals.
Responsibilities: media relations, advertising, direct mail, social media and
assisting state partners. Requirements: BA/BS, 5+ years relevant experience,
political or policy advocacy background, strong strategic and writing skills
and team-player attitude. Send resume/cover letter/2 writing samples to email@example.com or mail to: DSC 05,
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 1400 I Street NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC
20005. Fax: 202-296-5427. No calls please. EOE.
Job Announcement: Director,
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
is seeking a Director of State Communications to develop and implement
communications strategies in support of state and local advocacy
objectives. Responsibilities include media relations, advertising, direct
mail, web site content, social media outreach and other communications
tools. The Director also provides strategic and technical communications
assistance to state and local coalitions. Other responsibilities include
supervising Kick Butts Day media activities and coordinating election-related
communications strategies of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund.
- Manage the
development and implementation of state and local communications strategies,
including media relations, advertising, direct mail, web site content, social
media and other communications tools.
- Coordinate state
communication activities with Regional Advocacy Directors.
development of all state and local advertising and direct mail, including work
of advertising and direct mail agencies.
- Draft, edit and
distribute media relations materials, including press releases, statements,
op-eds, letters to the editor and editorial board memos. These include
materials for use by both the Campaign and outside organizations/advocates.
- Conduct media outreach
and field media calls. Arrange interviews with appropriate staff and
provide requested info to the media.
- Plan and
implement press conferences and other media events.
- Help plan, write
and edit annual report on state tobacco settlement.
- Manage media
relations activities for release of annual state tobacco settlement report and
help edit report.
production of video and audio news releases and satellite media tours.
strategic and technical assistance to state and local tobacco control advocate
and coalitions, including the development of communications plans and
- Participate in
CDC media calls to track upcoming research and other activities.
- Draft and update
web site materials related to state and local initiatives and work with Web
Director to keep relevant sections of the web site updated.
- Stay current
about tobacco control issues, advocacy campaigns and key messages by following
press clips, state team reports, message research and other relevant materials.
Identify potential news hooks and develop strategies and materials to achieve
- Supervise Kick
Butts Day media activities.
election-related communications strategies of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund
- Help with
reporting to funders on state and local issues.
- Other duties as
degree in communications or related field and minimum seven years
communications/public relations experience.
- Experience in
political or policy-related campaigns.
writing, editing and project management skills.
communications, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
- Ability to
operate independently with only general supervision.
- Ability to
successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic
- Team player
- Some travel
- Commitment to
tobacco control issues.
To apply for this position, please
email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume and two
writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please reference the position code DSC 05 in the subject line of your
email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No Phone
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who
will contribute to its diversity.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use
in the United States and around the world. By changing public attitudes and
public policies on tobacco, the Campaign works to prevent kids from smoking,
help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. A non-profit
organization established in 1996, the Campaign works with more than 130
organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic,
corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any
government or tobacco industry funding.
Source: Peter H. Fisher, Vice President, State
Issues, Campaign for Tobacco-Free