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Director of Communications


Washington, District of Columbia 20002
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Job Details

General Information

This position is located on the in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). 

Please apply at to Job ID 3551

The director of communications catalyzes the Agency’s impact by ensuring effective communications strategy and execution, in order to best serve local education agencies, community based organizations, families and students of the District of Columbia. He/she is charged with ensuring that internal and external stakeholders are clear on the agency’s role, its direction and priorities, policy decisions and the rationale behind them, as well as our impact and outcomes for the communities we serve.

The director of communications oversees a team of 5 talented specialists, who provide a range of communications support including managing our internal communications review process, developing communications materials and marketing collateral, implementing organizational culture initiatives, ensuring access to services for community members of all language backgrounds, and event support.

Job Duties

The specific functions of the director role include:

  • Leading media and public relations—including developing a strong working relationship with key reporters, providing strategic advice and guidance for OSSE executives, preparing key OSSE representatives for media and public interactions, and ensuring timely and effective responses to media inquiries
  • Developing a strategic communications plan and key communications goals for the agency, in conjunction with key stakeholders such as OSSE’s leadership team and the Mayor’s communications team
  • Managing a team of specialists and ensuring their effective execution of communications plans and projects
  • Ensuring effective structures and channels for communicating with key audiences and stakeholders
  • Working with program teams to understand the work of the agency and ensuring that programmatic outcomes and policies are communicated effectively to key stakeholders

Performs other related duties as assigned.

This is a Management Supervisory Service (MSS), "At-Will" Appointment. This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.


Work Environment

Work is normally performed in an office environment. Occasionally, the incumbent may be required to visit various locations within the District of Columbia.

Conditions of Employment

While on duty, District employees are prohibited from possessing, dispensing or being impaired by controlled substances, including alcohol. All District employees are subject to drug and alcohol testing when there is a reasonable suspicion of impairment or following any on-duty accident or incident involving injury to person or property.


Employment Benefits

Employees will be eligible to receive health and life insurance benefits and retirement benefits. More information about these benefits is available on the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website at

Closing Statement

Office job offers are made by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Office of Human Resources only.



  • Track record in media relations, crisis communications, and public relations
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective team and project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Eagerness to be creative, innovative and proactive in seeking solutions

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements


Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations or related field, plus seven (7) years of work related skill, knowledge, or experience within functional areas, such as communications, journalism, marketing, public relations; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Managerial/Supervisory experience is required

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