The National Office of The ALS Association is recruiting a Director of Communications who will report to the Vice President, Communications. The successful candidate will be responsible for conceiving and writing a range of communications including feature stories on ALS and the mission of The ALS Association. Additionally, the successful candidate will assist with the creation of content for campaigns on varied communication channels, including the website, email, and social media. Some travel may be required. This is a full-time exempt position based in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The ALS Association.
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
In collaboration with the Vice President, Communications, promote awareness and better understanding of ALS and the mission of The ALS Association with emphasis on story telling.
Serve as The ALS Association’s storyteller while creating compelling digital content. Work with ALS Association chapters and with national staff to identify and develop stories about patients, programs and services, for internal and external distribution, that represent the Association’s diverse activities related to its vision and mission.
Oversee the creation, distribution, scheduling, and maintenance of digital content across channels and platforms including social media.
Ensure all content is on brand and consistent in terms of style, quality, and tone.
Review public facing communications that come from different departments within The ALS Association national office, to ensure continuity of tone and information.
Prepare news articles, press releases, and other written materials, including talking points and template materials for use by chapters of The ALS Association.
Assist in planning and executing key organization-wide communications initiatives such as ALS Awareness Month.
Manage relationships, media monitoring and distribution vendors, preparing monthly reports for quantifying ALS awareness.
Track and understand ALS and newsworthy developments that may require organizational attention and engagement.
Working in partnership with the Development department, manage content for bi-monthly email newsletter to supporters of The ALS Association, as well as other Development campaigns that occur throughout the year (e.g., Year End, Welcome Series, Chapter Welcome Series, Major Gift letters, etc.).
Maintain and update key position statements on various topics of importance to The Association and the ALS community.
Serve as copy editor for Association print and digital materials.
Manage the ALS Association blog and editorial calendar.
Convey a professional and positive image that reflects favorably on The ALS Association.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Five to seven years of progressive professional experience working in an editorial function.
Expertise with online platforms: content management systems for web, e-newsletter services, and social media.
Experience using web analytics and social media monitoring/measurement tools.
Demonstrated ability to translate complex subject matter such as scientific research into lay language is highly desirable.
Prefer knowledge and experience working on a Development team, specifically on campaigns and communications geared towards donors, constituents and other internal and external audiences.
Excellent written and verbal communications skilled required.
Strong writing and copy-editing skills.
Obsessive attention to detail—you immediately notice the double space in that sentence and still will not let it go.
Organization skills, and ability to adapt and maintain flexibility with work assignments highly desired.
Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.
Mature, highly motivated and possess the highest ethical standards.
The ability to develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
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The ALS Association is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
he ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient service...s and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.