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Director of Communications

Hudson Institute


Location:
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Date:
02/09/2018
2018-02-092018-03-11
Job Type:
Employee
Hudson Institute
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Founded in 1961, Hudson Institute is a research-focused public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute’s mission is to promote American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous future.  For more than half a century, Hudson Institute has been challenging conventional thinking by developing new ideas and practical solutions to shape critical foreign and domestic policy decisions.

 

Hudson Institute seeks a Director of Communications, working full time from Hudson’s Washington, D.C. headquarters as an active member of the senior management team, to advance the Institute’s mission through communications, outreach, and events.

 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Communications shapes and implements a strategy for all communications and public programming to enhance and disseminate the work of Hudson’s experts, engaging and developing relationships with key audiences, especially media.

 

Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategy for the Institute, focusing on enhancing the impact of Hudson’s research. In particular, develop and implement a long-term proactive media outreach strategy.
  • Interface with Hudson’s research staff to identify, develop, and communicate compelling stories, and regularly innovate and implement ideas.
  • Develop relationships and regularly interface with media—in particular, focusing on relationships with reporters at the national level. Manage all media contacts.
  • Engage key audiences—policymakers, journalists, corporate and civic leaders, etc.—through a robust and vibrant program of institutional communications on various platforms (website, email, social media, etc.); in public and private events (panels, roundtables, etc.); and through personal outreach and relationships.
  • Track media coverage of the Institute, providing monthly reports to senior management for review, and considering ongoing opportunities for deeper and broader engagement.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to book interviews and pitch stories.
  • Oversee the Institute’s public programming—about three public panel events per week at Hudson’s Washington, D.C. headquarters—including event coordination, approval, preparation, execution, and review. Consider ongoing opportunities to enhance quality and impact of these events.
  • Manage the Institute’s website, hudson.org, including maintenance and design improvements, and timely posting of articles and media appearances.
  • Manage and mentor communications team.
  • Track and measure Hudson’s engagement with various audiences over time.
 

Additional Performance Requirements:

  • Commitment to Hudson Institute’s mission and supporting the work of the Institute’s scholars and staff.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative mindset to develop ideas that generate media coverage and define core issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacities, including managing others and ensuring timeliness of deliverables.
  • Broad experience in communications, as well as gathering and evaluating information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. 
  • Excellent writing, presenting, and interpersonal skills.
  • Well organized, self-directed, and attentive to detail.
  • Well maintained media relationships.
  • Strong character and personable manner.
  • 5+ years’ experience in communications.

Founded in 1961, Hudson Institute is a research-focused public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute’s mission is to promote American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous future. For more than half a century, Hudson Institute has been challenging conventional thinking by developing new ideas and practical solutions to shape critical foreign and domestic policy decisions.

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