Equality Virginia seeking a Communications Director
We just stumbled across this open position for a Communications Director at Equality Virginia on their Facebook page and figured some folks might be interested. Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan advocacy, outreach and education organization seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians. Description of the job can be found below and applicants can apply for the position here.
The Communications Director will develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive public relations and communications program to advance EV’s education, outreach, and advocacy mission. Reporting to the Executive Director and working as part of a dynamic team, the Communications Director will be responsible for:
- Creating a strategic communications plan that builds positive relationships between EV and a wide range of audiences, including but not limited to the organization’s membership, the LGBT community and its allies, the media, legislators and policymakers, grant-funding agencies, partner organizations, and the general public;
- Developing messaging for issue-specific campaigns to support EV’s advocacy and legislative agenda;
- Preparing press releases, media kits, newsletter articles, website content, marketing copy, talking points and other materials as needed;
- Maintaining regular communication with EV’s membership emails, blogs, and social media platforms;
- Overseeing EV’s media relations efforts by responding to media inquiries, securing positive news placements, developing relationships with key media contacts, and monitoring the news for issues and trends relevant to the organization and LGBT community at large;
- Managing EV’s online presence, including its website and social media accounts;
- Evaluating the effectiveness of all communications efforts;
- Assisting with major events, including Lobby Day and the Commonwealth Dinner; and
- Speaking to groups and providing grassroots media training as needed.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, political science, or a related field; two to four years of experience as a public relations or other communications professional, preferably in a public policy or advocacy setting; the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced political environment, both individually and collaboratively; strong writing and interpersonal skills; and a familiarity with LGBT issues and causes.
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