Position Summary: The Director of Communications oversees both internal and external communications and works closely across NACD’s policy, education and member services teams on strategic communications priorities and to ensure successful delivery of NACD’s style, brand and marketing. Manages project portfolio and grants deliverables with dynamic team of staff and contractors. Interacts with members of the media and other partners to communicate conservation district priorities and successes to targeted audiences and the general public.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct the association’s communication and outreach efforts, ensuring that messages conveyed are clear, concise and consistent
Manage all NACD publications, including The Resource, eResource, Conservation Clips, Forestry Notes and the annual report
Oversee management of NACD website content at www.nacdnet.org
Establish and maintain relationships with media, pitch stories and track coverage
Write and distribute news releases regarding NACD actions and positions as appropriate
Coordinate content across programs to develop messages and materials about NACD and conservation districts’ priorities, activities and successes for a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
Provide public speaking, media relations and member outreach training to national leaders
Carries out tasks of managing, coordinating and implementing grant-related activities pertaining to specific national grants and cooperative agreements
Assist with planning, promotion and production of meetings, including session and speaker identification, media outreach, scripting and event production
Manage budgeting and expenses related to communications activities
Serve as lead staff advisor to NACD Communications Committee
Perform any and all related duties in coordination with the CPO that advance the mission and purpose of NACD
Supervise three FTEs
Bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience in journalism, marketing, communications or public relations or related field required, advanced degree desired
Understanding of developing and implementing comprehensive communications strategy including print, digital and social media
Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences
Proven experience with media relations
Strong writing and editing skills, ability to communicate with various audiences
Skilled at working with a variety of software and media platforms
Experience with supervising and guiding staff
Location: This position is located in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Chief Program Officer.
To apply: Email resume, cover letter and two writing samples to the attention of NACD HR with ‘Communications Director’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About National Association of Conservation Districts
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.
NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.