Associate Director of Communications - New York, NY

Location: 
New York, NY

Job Summary

The Associate Director of Communications is a member of GLAAD’s communications team who works alongside the organization’s Director of Communications to develop and execute GLAAD’s communications strategy; conducts proactive and reactive public relations about GLAAD’s work; fields media requests; drafts communications, talking points, and event marketing materials; and produces and manages GLAAD’s publications. The ideal candidate is an outstanding writer and copy editor with project management experience and excellent knowledge of public relations strategy and execution.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Director of Communications to develop and execute communications strategy that builds profile of GLAAD’s campaigns and leadership
  • Assist the Director of Communications with development of press releases, public statements, talking points, and other communications materials
  • Work with the Director of Communications to proactively pitch stories about GLAAD’s work and events to top-tier news and entertainment outlets
  • Write and place op-ed pieces
  • Market and promote GLAAD’s events via development of media partnerships and securing coverage among local media outlets
  • Assist with media on-site at GLAAD events
  • Ensure that internal description and messaging about GLAAD’s work is consistent and in line with brand guidelines
  • Write content for GLAAD publications, including GLAAD’s annual report
  • Manage all aspects of editorial and production processes for GLAAD publications
  • Craft copy for marketing and social media assets

Qualifications

  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field.
  • Required:  Minimum of four (4) years professional experience in public relations, communications, or marketing
  • Required:  Demonstrated ability to research, write and convey complex and fact-checked information in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences (e.g., media professionals, donors, and other stakeholders).
  • Required:  Demonstrated copy-editing ability, including working knowledge of Associated Press style.
  • Required:  Deep understanding of key issues facing the LGBT community
  • Successful and experienced in drafting media pitches, press releases, news articles and other communications materials.
  • Exemplary project management skills. 
  • Ability to work well with diverse teams and individuals (including internal staff and external vendors)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Self-starter, able to juggle projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Genuinely concerned and conversant about LGBT issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference.
  • Inclusiveness is a vital part of GLAAD’s work. Candidates must have skills necessary to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Supervision

The Associate Director of Communications reports to the Director of Communications and supervises the Communications intern(s).

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include: 403(b) retirement plan; escalating vacation beginning with three weeks+; paid sick, personal days and holidays; and organization paid health benefits for employees including medical, dental, vision, flex spending accounts, employee assistance program and life and long-term disability insurance.

Notes

  • GLAAD does not have the ability to provide relocation benefits to candidates.
  • Candidates MUST be able to pass both financial and criminal background check.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.
  • The work of GLAAD resembles a campaign-style work environment; there is always a high level of energy, excitement and activity for everyone in the organization; preparing for the next events/activities to accomplish our important media advocacy work, fighting the defamation against the LGBT community and changing hearts and minds about the need for LGBT equality. Staff members are expected to consciously and continuously promote the mission, values, programs, and impact of the organization when presented with opportunities for participating in membership development and reaching out to personal connections on behalf of GLAAD.
  • This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Contact
Name: Human Resources – no phone calls please.
Email: adc@glaad.org