Director of Communications

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

The Director of Communications will oversee all communications within a company or organization, as well as communications to the public. The Director of Communications will be responsible for the creation and implementation of a strategic, multi-faceted communications program designed to build and strengthen the organization's role and reputation as a leader and authoritative voice in its field. Devise program guidelines and policies, oversee implementation process, and provide quality control for communications programs, media activities and special events.

The Director of Communications is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop a strategic communications plan to support the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships with other departments within the organization to stay informed and abreast of new initiatives, products and services.
  • Identify opportunities to support organizational initiatives and develop communications materials and programs to promote and publicize these activities.
  • Facilitate media training sessions.
  • Aid in the development, implementation and management of external communications efforts.
  • Build and foster long-term working relationships with various public of importance including media, members of the community, public affairs offices and other organizations.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of specific year-round communications programs.
  • Respond to media requests for information and facilitate media interviews with spokespeople, authors and others.
  • Review, research, and update the annual news media and public relations policies.
  • Oversee planning of all pre-annual meeting communications activities. Specific responsibilities include establishing production timetable, reviewing news materials, responding to media inquiries, overseeing distribution of materials to media before, during and after the meeting, encouraging media participation, promoting spokespeople, and arranging media interviews.
  • Oversee news planning process for the annual meeting including abstract preparation and management, and coordination and management of committee participation.
  • Oversee all aspects of planning and coordinating logistics of annual meeting media functions including press conferences, media workroom, interview rooms, etc.
  • Oversee development of news releases, news materials, fact sheets and talking points for publicity of the organization's programs.
  • Serve as editor for communications materials including news releases, news materials, online content, program announcements and the annual report.
  • Supervise coordination of special media events including briefings, writers seminars, press events, etc.
  • Establish monitoring criteria for news broadcasts and special events.
  • Manage video monitoring services vendor and acquisition of broadcast schedules, monitoring reports, transcripts, videotapes, dubs, etc.
  • Produce annual videotape of annual meetings, news highlights and individual clip reels for key spokespeople.
  • Produce special video projects and oversee production of materials produced by outside vendors.
  • Oversee hiring and coordination of video crews as needed to cover various organizational activities.
  • Create and manage public relations database, update records, train department staff and utilize measurement/tracking.
  • Establish and oversee departmental systems for maintaining and archiving press clippings.
  • Manage daily/weekly transfer and production of electronic clips on the Intranet.
  • Manage press clippings for monthly summary reports.
  • Prepare monthly summary reports.
  • Respond to public requests for information from staff, members, or other associations
  • Build relationships with professional counterparts in other professional, advocacy and community organizations through organizational initiatives and jointly-sponsored communication campaigns and programs.
  • Coordinate the organization's communications support of special activities.
  • Oversee production and distribution of annual meeting materials.
  • Manage and mentor department staff to integrate efforts on communications programs.
  • Manage and mentor department on FRRC intranet system (Jostle)
  • Investigate vendor communications services and manage vendor relationships.
  • Assist in the initial stage of the hiring process of new department staff.
  • Develop and manage annual department budget.
  • Approve time sheets, expense reports and check requests, as required.
  • Actively engage, communicate and collaborate with the Political Director.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning required, Masters or Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3-7 years of public relations or media experience preferred.
  • Returning Citizens encouraged to apply.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for criminal justice and the mission of FRRC.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient in using Google's G-Suite.
  • Collaboration Skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Effective Communication.
  • Flexibility.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and organizations.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The Director of Communications will interact most frequently with the Manager of Communications, Deputy Director and Executive Director but will also work closely with other members of the communications department.  In addition, this person will also interact frequently with FRRC members, community stakeholders, and coalition partners.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to sit, bend, stand for long periods of time , climb a minimum of one flight of stairs and occasionally lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Manual Dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, tablet, mobile and desktop telephone system.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.
  • Ability to travel on occasion locally and regionally. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Office employees will normally work in an office environment (Orlando based HQ) with some time spent working in the field.  Remote options may be available.
  • Noise level is moderate, with some frequency of interruptions.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants can apply directly to the job posting by visiting this site https://jobs.lever.co/floridarrc.