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Position Description - Director of Communications

Position Description - Director of Communications


Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy, the Director of Communications will implement the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate IEL’s mission. Under the direction of the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy, the Director of Communications will ensure that IEL is viewed as the primary provider of leadership development for equity and as the leader in policy and program innovation focused on expanding opportunity and improving outcomes for children, youth, adults, and families in communities where opportunity is absent or lacking. The Director of Communications is responsible for all communications related to Rise Up for Equity, IEL’s 2018-2023 strategic plan. The Director of Communications will work closely with various teams within IEL as the communications partner on all strategic initiatives.


  • Implement and evaluate IEL’s annual communications plan.
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, graphics, images and IEL’s website.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of a new single website that fully integrates all of IEL’s activities and project sub-websites.
  • Coordinate with the Digital Coordinator to ensure efficient administration and coordination regarding IEL’s website.
  • Oversee the timely production of bi-weekly blog posts by the President and IEL team members.
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within all of IEL’s networks over time.
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the network's discreet audiences.
  • Manage all media contacts.
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy.


IEL is seeking an experienced Director of Communications who has at least 5 years of communications experience covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. Specific requirements include:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience developing and implementing effective, communications and marketing strategies.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and be entrepreneurial and enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Collaborative work style and ability to function well in a diverse environment.
  • Passionate about issues of racial and social justice and IEL’s vision, mission, and values of equity, inclusion, collaboration, and impact.
  • Understanding of the importance of work/life balance.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Experience in the design of web-based communications.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, all social media platforms and online content management systems), Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, and WordPress and/or HTML a plus.


Salary will be competitive and will depend on experience with comprehensive health, dental, retirement, education and professional development, and life insurance benefits.
Duty Station: IEL is a Washington-based organization. This position is based at IEL’s D.C. office.

To Apply

Please email with "Director of Communications" as the subject line to Include a cover letter, resume, and a work sample. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and of diverse backgrounds to apply.