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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 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, State Communications

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.
  • Supervise 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.
  • Manage production of video and audio news releases and satellite media tours.
  • Provide strategic and technical assistance to state and local tobacco control advocate and coalitions, including the development of communications plans and materials.
  • 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 media coverage.
  • Supervise Kick Butts Day media activities.
  • Coordinate election-related communications strategies of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund
  • Help with reporting to funders on state and local issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field and minimum seven years communications/public relations experience.
  • Experience in political or policy-related campaigns.
  • Excellent writing, editing and project management skills.
  • Excellent 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 environment.
  • Team player attitude.
  • Some travel required.
  • 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: 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 calls Please.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

The 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 Kids

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