Director, External Communications

McLean, Virginia

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Seeking proactive external communications leader with technology industry experience

Are you a proactive external communications leader with technology industry experience? TorchLight is seeking an External Communications Director for a DC-area organization. Ideal candidates will have 15+ years of experience in B2B or B2G communications with particular expertise in media relations and crisis communications. If you meet these requirements, possess the ability to motivate a team of professionals and are ready to significantly expand a high-performing communications program, this job may be for you!

Qualified applicants will ideally be in the D.C./Baltimore metro area. U.S. Citizenship or a US permanent residency card is required for this opportunity.


  • Develop integrated communications campaigns that drive business results
  • Create and oversee execution of media strategies that produce multi-channel coverage in national, technology and government media
  • Create new speakers’ bureau, manage awards programs and support other PR initiatives like events, company tours and related activities
  • Drive media and PR initiatives to support corporate growth and business development
  • Develop multichannel text and visual content (news releases, multimedia content, social media and others) that communicates market differentiation and meets business objectives
  • Develop crisis communications plans including talking points for internal and external audiences, escalation plans and protocols
  • Support and prepare leadership and other team members for outside communication opportunities
  • Manage and develop team of high-performing communications professionals to meet departmental and company objectives
  • Provide reports and analysis on media performance
  • Serve as on-call resource for media requests and crisis communications


  • 10+ years of experience in B2B and/or B2G public relations for technology organizations; management experience required
  • Proven success driving media and communications strategy including planning, execution and performance analysis
  • Deep experience writing PR releases, talking points, op-eds, social media and other content to drive awareness
  • Significant knowledge of media relations and digital storytelling
  • Highly adept at delivering effective crisis communications programs
  • Ability to partner with leadership and manage individual and group communications
  • Working knowledge of effective communication techniques with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong project management skills
  • Familiarity with tech and government contracting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities
  • APR or related certification a plus

Additional Information

TorchLight Hire matches qualified candidates like you with contract and permanent marketing, communications, creative, and digital roles that are a professional and cultural fit. We offer our contractors industry-leading benefits like medical insurance, 401(k) plans and others.

TorchLight values diversity, equity and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, perspectives and experience — including our full-time employees, contractors and clients. Read more about our commitment to diversity.

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