The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a Center within the American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA), seeks a talented, dynamic, experienced and passionate senior communications professional.
This multifaceted position will advance the organization's communications strategy, including increasing JPO brand awareness and support the programmatic work of the office, such as ensuring alignment of communication deliverables with various current initiatives and coordinating with national partner organizations. The Associate Director will be responsible for producing and reviewing internal and external communications products, and developing and maintaining the office’s brand through traditional and social media. She/he is also expected to coordinate with JPO staff to ensure consistent messaging across all platforms. It is key for Communications Director to understand, support and relate JPO’s mission and JPO Director’s vision in all internal and external communication.
This position reports directly to the Director of Justice Programs Office
They may supervise part-time staff members
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Project Leader/Advisor B
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in communications, writing or similar field or the equivalent of training and experience required. At least six years of professional communications experience in increasingly responsible positions.
Exceptional writing/editing skills including development and copy-editing, along with ability to shape and improve content for multiple target audiences
Ability to think critically and develop strategic messaging, including experience writing press materials and developing media strategies
Demonstrated management and leadership skills, including managing multiple projects at once
Understanding of branding and the development of an organizational voice
Experience working with a range of media outlets and demonstrated ability to garner earned media
Familiarity with online communications platforms and content management
Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team
Preferred Education and Experience
Previous experience working in higher education or non-profit environment
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
This position is contingent upon external funding
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