Communications and Marketing Director
Washington Policy Center
Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit, public policy research organization headquartered in Seattle with offices in Olympia and Eastern Washington. WPC has a $3.1 million annual budget, staff and 20 and is one of the largest and most impactful state-based policy organizations in the country. With a focus on Washington state issues, through research, events, social media efforts, and extensive media outreach we promote sound public policy based on free-market solutions. We are looking for a full-time Communications and Marketing team leader to join our management team.
The Communications Director is one of five members of our senior leadership team and plays a key role in advancing our mission through internal (membership) and external communications. The ideal candidate has extensive media relations, marketing, and strategic communications planning experience. The director will oversee the execution of the organization’s new, three-year strategic plan. The director is responsible for maximizing and reinforcing WPC’s brand through all products and communications as well as promoting the work of the directors of the eight research centers.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Work with President and Vice President for Research to develop messages and outreach strategies; expand WPC’s reach to civic-minded citizens and key groups/demographics across the state
Maintain and grow the organization’s media contact lists and distribute research publications and press releases; help research staff build relationships with media; including with some national media
Help WPC’s research team develop and deepen their messaging
Promote a climate that values and rewards innovation and creativity
Manage the formatting and editing of research publications to ensure adherence with organization’s style
Ensure website content is accurate, up-to-date, and compelling
Serve as editor of quarterly magazine, Viewpoint, and weekly e-newsletter
Plan and execute organization’s paid advertising campaigns
Promote organization’s various events throughout the state
Supervise full-time Communications Coordinator
Supervise full-time Young Professionals Coordinator
Develop and monitor organization’s communications and marketing budget
Prepare quarterly metrics updates for WPC’s Board of Directors and present at Board of Directors meetings
Work with the Board of Directors and the Marketing Committee, develop and implement organization-wide strategic communications and marketing plans
The director reports directly to the President of WPC.
Desired education, skills, and experience:
Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, or related field
Four+ years of experience in media relations and public relations
Strong written and verbal communication skills; command of correct grammar
A deep respect for deadlines and results
A personal and management style that is effective in working with a staff of 20 in which one must both be a team player and bear individual responsibility for advancing the organization’s goals and objectives
Knowledge of politics and/or public policy and interest in advancing free-market ideas
Experience updating a content management system website
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Applicants should familiarize themselves with Washington Policy Center’s mission and goals. Explore our website at www.washingtonpolicy.org.
Salary is DOE. Washington Policy Center provides a generous health insurance package (medical/dental/vision), vacation, sick leave, 11 paid holidays, employer matched 401k, Costco membership, and free parking.
After carefully reading the job description, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file:
Persuasive cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the specific job qualifications and responsibilities and your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization, as well as your salary requirements
List of 3-5 references
Please include “Communications, WPC – Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Dixon with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: email@example.com
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.