Director of Communications

Hybrid (DC Metro Area)

Employment Type:

Communications, PR/Media Relations

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Job Description

Exciting DC-based membership organization seeks creative Director of Communications with global experience

TorchLight Hire is seeking a Director of Communications to join a membership organization headquartered in Washington, DC.  This position will lead the organization’s internal and external communications and will manage a global team and agency vendors.  Qualified candidates will have strong management experience and a background in creating strategic communications/PR/media relations strategies in a global environment.


This organization is headquartered in Washington, DC but remote candidates will be considered. 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

Role responsibilities:

  • Responsible for strategy and implementation of internal and external communications plans (globally)
  • Lead communications planning for organization’s programs, services, products, and major conferences
  • Proactively and reactively manage media relations
  • Work with internal content strategy team to develop messaging in support of organization’s content planning
  • Manage global team and outside agencies
  • Responsible for annual budget management and planning
  • Create and track KPI’s for all campaigns
  • Support communications efforts in organization’s global local chapters
  • Prepare speeches for the executive team and member leaders
  • Develop talking points for media appearances by the executive team and member leaders
  • Create a thought leadership program to position leaders and staff as subject matter experts
  • Manage crisis communications as needed

Skills and experience:

  • 8+ years’ experience in a communications leadership role, preferably from a non-profit, think tank, or other membership/trade association
  • Proven track record in creating external and internal communications strategy with ability to share KPI’s and anecdotal success stories
  • Strong experience in message development, communications planning, segmentation, and measurement
  • Significant experience in managing high-profile communications issues, often in conjunction with senior leadership
  • Long history of success in earned, owned, and social media
  • Strong agency and project management experience
  • Experience in crisis communications
  • Experience working in a global capacity


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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