COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), a vibrant national nonprofit trade association, representing over 1,400 community service providers to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is looking for an experienced, motivated and digital-savvy Communications Director with strong media relations skills.

ANCOR's Communications Director reports to the Chief Operations Officer (COO), supervises the Communications Specialist, and will be a critical member of a dedicated staff of thirteen professionals based in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The Communications Director develops, guides and coordinates all internal and external communications and holds full responsibility for content on ANCOR’s websites, communications and any outward facing materials from the association.

The ideal Communications Director for ANCOR is energetic, has experience putting out fires, as well as a knack for finding and capitalizing on opportunities to publicly interact and engage in issues that impact services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Communications Director will closely collaborate with the CEO, COO and Vice President of Government Relations to ensure consistency in brand and messaging, especially as it relates to public policy issues.

Evidence of strong initiative, compelling work products and experience in public policy will make an applicant stand out; Attention to detail and a critical editing eye are essential. On-the-record media experience is also a plus.

Duties of ANCOR's Communications will include:

• Developing and executing communications strategies in support of ANCOR’s mission, strategic priorities and public policy agenda.

• Developing creative marketing content and communications plans for various association events, products and initiatives

• Tracking media coverage and monitoring online news and social media with constant consideration of how to proactively position the association as trusted subject matter expert on services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

• Anticipating the need for, drafting and disseminating press statements

• Maintaining current media list and actively managing press relationships to ensure coverage of special events, public announcements and other projects

• Serving as the association’s spokesperson for media requests

• Leading the generation of online content that engages and leads to measurable action. Deciding who, where and when to place

• Managing development, distribution and maintenance of all printed and electronic collateral including but not limited to: weekly updates to members, membership renewal letters, special reports and LINKS, the association’s electronic bimonthly newsletter

• Coordinating website maintenance and ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly and outdated material is removed.

• Designing presentations for ANCOR staff to use throughout the country for various speaking engagements

• Collaborating with the Government Relations team on action alerts and policy-related communications including to Congress and the Administration

• Supporting leadership to ensure that all communications to external audiences are consistent in message and appearance

• Managing relationships with associated vendors

• Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills/Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, English, Public Relations, Public Policy or related discipline;

• Minimum of five years relevant experience showing increasing responsibility; Capitol Hill, media, non-profit or association background is preferred.

• Experience creating and executing innovative strategic communications and/or media outreach plans for a range of projects, initiatives or campaigns.

• Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills;

• Demonstrated capability growing a strong social media presence for an organization;

• Ability to work in a dynamic environment and demonstrate leadership;

• Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint;

• Strong critical thinking/analysis skills with the ability to evaluate branding and communications decisions for effectiveness and areas of weakness;

• Ability to exercise sound judgment and to make timely, value-based decisions;
• Results Driven

To Apply: 

Interested candidates can send a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 examples of previous work products (will be kept confidential) to Gabrielle Sedor at gsedor@ancor.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.