The American Foreign Service Association seeks a full-time Director of Communications and Outreach to serve at AFSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The position includes the option of flexible telework up to two days a week. Applications will be accepted through October 17, 2023.
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), created in 1924, is the professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service. AFSA is also a labor union, serving as the exclusive representative of members of the Foreign Service. AFSA’s 16,800 members include active and retired Foreign Service officers and specialists at the Department of State as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Foreign Commercial Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.
The Director of Communications and Outreach is a senior staff member overseeing all aspects of the association’s communications and outreach work. This is inclusive of media relations, website and social media content and strategy, public outreach, strategic planning for the portfolio, spokesperson duties, speechwriting, and engagement with the association’s elected Governing Board. The ideal candidate will possess very strong writing skills, significant experience in communications (non-profit or otherwise), ease with public speaking, experience with online media, and a collaborative mindset. The incumbent must be locally based in the Washington, D.C., area.
This position reports to the Executive Director. The incumbent must be highly dependable, proactive, and well-organized; possess sound judgment, good humor, and flexibility; have the ability to prioritize and follow through to meet multiple deadlines; and be comfortable working under pressure with all levels of personnel.
Compensation and Benefits
AFSA is an equal-opportunity employer.
Desirable Skills include:
Please email your resume and a detailed cover letter. (subject line: Director of Communications). Links to earned media or successful social media accounts are welcome in the cover letter. The deadline is October 17. No calls, please.
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