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Director, Communications (Flexible; Boston, NYC, D.C. preferred)

Primary Location

: United States DC-Washington, D.C., NY-New York City, Flexible (anywhere in the U.S.), MA-Boston


: Public Affairs


Position Summary

We are searching for a regional communications director to lead our media strategy in eight to ten regions. Our communications team ensures Teach For America's external reputation accurately reflects its internal programmatic and organizational strength and quality, and strategically leads our media and public relations efforts.

Team Overview

The Public Affairs team manages Teach For America's government affairs, media and communications relationships, research and policy, and legal affairs. The team works to build support in the media, policy, academic, and nonprofit communities for Teach For America's ongoing efforts, ensuring that our external reputation accurately reflects our programmatic and organizational strength and quality.The communications team strives to leverage national and local media to drive broad public understanding of Teach For America's mission and impact and support key organizational goals.

Teach For America's communications directors work closely and collaboratively with regional and national internal teams. They are responsible for developing and ensuring the alignment of communications tactics and messages with the regions' unique strategic priorities and assets. Communications directors also serve as the key liaison between Teach For America and all media outlets within assigned regions.



· Working closely with Teach For America's executive directors to develop and execute regional strategic plans that are aligned with organizational priorities

· Working with executive directors to manage portfolios of critical regional relationships with print, broadcast, radio, and online journalists as well as district PR contacts

· Developing and implementing response strategies for a variety of media requests, including crisis communications situations

· Managing regional media events, such as press conferences, Teach For America Week, and regional alumni summits

· Preparing Teach For America staff and corps members for media opportunities

· Developing and implementing creative story ideas that support regional and national communications objectives

· Working closely with the managing director, regional communications on the organization's broader regional media strategy and outreach


Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Education and skills

· Bachelor's degree is required

· Formal communications/public relations and/or journalism experience is preferred, but not required

Approach to Work

· Ability to set vision & direction, and to motivate and inspire team members

· Ability to work through others to meet aggressive goals

· Must be an excellent strategic thinker with the ability to prioritize tasks and effectively work toward deadlines

· Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details

· Ability to build and manage relationships with external parties and internal team leaders

· Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with a sense of possibility, high expectations and an entrepreneurial spirit

Technical Skills

· Must have exceptional written and oral communications skills

· Advanced Excel skills

Benefits and Salary

· Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Application Requirements and Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.

To apply directly to this job, please use the following address http://teachforamerica.taleo.net/careersection/01/jobdetail.ftl?&job=10403

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