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Director of Communications

Washington DC


The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking an experienced communications professional with an entrepreneurial spirit and a collaborative working style to lead the organization’s communications activities across all media platforms. The Director of Communications reports directly to the President/CEO and serves as an integral member of senior management. The Director, in consultation with senior leadership, is responsible for the development and execution of strategic communications that promote the organization’s mission, enhance and elevate its brand, broaden its reach, and strengthen its impact. A core requirement is the ability to translate complex tech policy issues into effective and understandable content for policymakers and the broader public.

This position offers the opportunity to play a leadership role in a highly respected organization engaging at the highest levels of government and public discourse on the most pressing issues in technology policy today. The Director is responsible for the development and refinement of core institutional messages, and for the cultivation of media relations and opportunities. The Communications Director works closely with CDT’s team of close to 30 policy and technical experts, and provides strategic support for CDT’s European office. The position is located in Washington, D.C.; however all staffers are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

About CDT

The Center for Democracy & Technology and CDT Europe (collectively, CDT) champion policies, laws, and technical designs that empower people to use technology for good – while protecting against invasive, discriminatory, and exploitative uses. For 25 years, CDT has worked to ensure that the internet empowers, emboldens, and equalizes people around the world. Today, CDT is at the center of societal debates around online speech, privacy, data and discrimination, surveillance, and other key questions about the role of technology in people’s lives.

CDT pursues legislation at the state, national, and regional level in the U.S. and EU; participates in agency rulemaking and other policy development processes; leads strategic litigation; builds advocacy coalitions; and promotes industry standards and practices that protect users’ civil rights and civil liberties. CDT’s work spans many issues, including online speech, consumer privacy, surveillance, internet architecture, competition, and election security. We take a rigorous approach that integrates legal, policy and technical expertise, with a focus on developing actionable policy solutions. You can read more about our work at cdt.org.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy, Leadership, and Vision

  • Lead the development and execution of an integrated strategic communications plan that promotes the organization’s mission and goals, strengthens its brand, and deepens the impact of its work;
  • Develop and refine core institutional messages and compelling narratives to improve effectiveness;
  • Identify and cultivate new audiences, new media relationships, new outlets, and new communications strategies to support CDT’s global expansion;
  • Recognize communications opportunities and challenges, and define and execute appropriate strategies in response.

Communications Operations

  • Oversee development of all print and electronic communications, including CDT’s website and use of new media and design, as well as organizational collateral material and communications associated with strategic campaigns, events, and conferences;
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage media relationships and serve as principal point of contact for all media interactions;
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function, including responses to press inquiries and production of press releases, statements, op-eds, articles, and web content;
  • Partner with policy staff and development staff as appropriate to develop and execute CDT’s public events, including event strategy and messaging, media coverage, and producing the event;
  • Participate in and contribute to strategic discussions related to CDT’s priorities;
  • Support the President/CEO as needed with the drafting of speeches, articles, and other strategic communications.

Team Development/Management

  • Manage a communications team of 2-3 personnel to support the development and execution of the communications strategy;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.

Qualifications

  • 7-10 years experience in a senior management role in communications;
  • Knowledge of technology policy issues strongly preferred, including knowledge of the issues that arise at the intersection of technology, civil rights, and civil liberties;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong editing skills;
  • Demonstrated success in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements;
  • Persuasive communicator with substantial writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media;
  • Demonstrated leadership in planning and executing a comprehensive strategic communications program to advance an organization’s mission and goals;
  • A track record of creative use of new media technologies and design to advance institutional goals;
  • Excellent judgment and superior management and problem solving skills;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative working style;
  • Passion for CDT’s mission.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT also offers excellent benefits, including health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, and generous vacation, sick, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, along with a resume and short writing sample on a relevant topic, to hr@cdt.orgDeadline: Open until filled.

The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

Posted November 10, 2020


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