Director of Communications

Hybrid (DC Metro Area)

Employment Type:

Communications, Digital Marketing, Events, PR/Media Relations,

Job Number:

Job Description

VA-based performing arts organization seeks Director of Communications to lead strategic initiatives and integrated team  

TorchLight Hire is seeking a Director of Communications for a well-known performing arts organization located in Northern Virginia. This role will lead external and internal communications planning and execution alongside an internal team of multidisciplinary professionals.  Qualified individuals should have a background or keen interest in the performing arts and 7+ years of experience managing integrated communications strategy, including media relations.  Prior management experience is mandatory. 

Qualified applicants must be in the Northern, VA or Washington, D.C. areas. U.S. citizenship or a permanent residency card in the U.S. is required to be an eligible candidate for this opportunity.

Full-time, direct hire role, 40-hours per week with flexible work-from-home (WFH) options (currently 1-2 days/week onsite)
*This employer has a proof of vaccination (or valid exemption) requirement as condition of employment.

Role responsibilities:

  • Create and implement annual communications plans to support the organization’s mission, events, and campaigns  
  • Develop consistent branded storytelling, messaging, and content across multiple digital and traditional communications channels
  • Advise and respond to crises as needed
  • Manage communications team in the development and distribution of print and electronic collateral
  • Develop metrics and analytics to test, measure, and report on campaign success
  • Manage media relations by serving as the primary source and spokesperson for the organization
  • Direct and oversee all digital communications strategies – including paid and organic social media – to increase organization’s engagement and support

Skills and experience: 

  • Minimum of 7+ years of strategic integrated communications experience, including 3+ years supervisory experience; background in entertainment and/or performing arts a plus
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing comprehensive communications strategies
  • Experience working in crisis communications, media relations, and internal communications
  • Knowledge of paid and organic social media strategy and implementation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated successful track record as a manager and mentor
  • Some flexibility to work evenings and weekends as assigned

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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