DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - Washington, DC

Full Time
Posted Today
Job description

Supporting small businesses one truck at a time. Since 1973, OOIDA has represented the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The Association is heavily involved in the development of trucking policies both on Capitol Hill and through various federal departments and agencies.


Benefits

  • FREE Employee Medical & Dental Insurance the first of the month after 60 days of employment and ONLY a $750 deductible
  • Vacation and personal time after 60 days
  • 401K - employer matches half up to 10%
  • Casual dress attire
  • Flexible schedule
  • Tuition assistance
  • On-site fitness


Required

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in English, political science, public relations, journalism or related field of study.
  • 5+ years experience in media or public relations, including pitching media, handling media responses and interview requests, and developing long-term communications strategies
  • Must have experience working with members of the news media and ability to develop reporter relationships
  • Ability to tailor messages to diverse audiences, including truckers, elected officials and staff, and the public


Helpful

  • Experience working in a communications office or department associated with a political organization, government entity or trade association
  • Knowledge of the trucking industry or transportation sector
  • Familiarity with MuckRack, Cision or similar platforms


Responsibilities

  • Utilize strong writing skills to produce high-quality communications materials that succinctly convey the various positions of the association, including press releases, editorials and statements
  • Work with the Government Affairs team to develop and execute issue-oriented communications plans
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of communication strategies for legislative coalitions in which OOIDA is a member, including directing the communications efforts of coalitions OOIDA leads
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members of media, particularly Washington-based media
  • Serve as an on-the-record spokesperson when appropriate
  • Expand media presence in key Congressional districts and state media markets
  • Periodically represent the association in live and pre-recorded radio and television interviews
  • Plan and execute activities on OOIDA web platforms and social media, as well as grassroots advocacy. Includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and possibly others

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