Job Title: Vice President of Communications
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
The Vice President of Communications provides leadership, planning, management, and execution for Islamic Relief USA’s (IRUSA) strategic communications, content material for both the general public and internal organizational needs, public and government relations, as well as social, digital, and traditional media strategies. The Vice President of Communications reports directly to the CEO and will lead in advancing IRUSA’s brand, visibility and reputation with relevant and key stakeholders, as well as promoting broader public awareness and donor support. In collaboration with the senior leadership team, the Vice President of Communications will be responsible for conceiving, developing, implementing, and integrating a broad range of communications, public relations, and social/digital content in support of IRUSA’s mission, vision, values and strategic priorities. The Vice President of Communications will work to help create appropriate leadership platforms for members of the senior leadership team and develop and oversee the creation and tactical dissemination of all external and internal communications materials and products. The Vice President of Communications will ensure the uniform delivery of appropriate messaging to all relevant stakeholders and audiences, providing quality control for all communication materials, as well as overseeing communications strategy support for key organizational programs and initiatives. The candidate must possess and demonstrate superior leadership, communication, and creative problem solving skills. The candidate must also demonstrate a commitment to IRUSA’s faith-based values, humanitarian principles, and the vision and mission of the organization.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan designed to distinguish and more succinctly define IRUSA among its key stakeholders, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase visibility of its programs across relevant audiences.
- Oversee, manage, and maintain Islamic Relief USA’s government relations functions – developing the strategy and associated advocacy plan that optimizes IRUSA’s ability to execute its humanitarian mission and operational objectives. This includes but is not limited to cultivating relationships with the executive and legislative branches, including Members of Congress, their staff, and committee staff.
- Oversee and manage all aspects of media and public relations, including crisis communications, by developing and implementing a proactive public relations strategy that gains positive exposure for the organization, its humanitarian programs, and community initiatives.
- Drive all earned media against aggressive placement objectives.
- Oversee development and implementation of all collateral communications materials, including annual reports, pamphlets, newsletters, audio-visual presentations, and other media as needed.
- Research, vet, retain and manage services and relationships with external vendors.
- Oversee the communications and government relation’s budget in support of IRUSA’s mission and objectives.
- Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by IRUSA; work with senior leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communication opportunities and solutions; and design and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
- Advise the CEO and senior leadership team on all matters related to strategic communications and government relations; ensure proper and regular communication regarding organizational developments.
Qualifications and Competencies:
- Bachelor’s degree in related field required, advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years related communications experience, with progressive leadership experience working with major donors, strategic community leaders, government and elected officials, community-based organizations and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability and experience in leading and managing a comprehensive and strategic communications, media relations function to advance an organization’s mission and objectives.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the humanitarian and nonprofit policy sector, legislative process, and the role of policy and advocacy development.
- Demonstrated experience working with officials in the executive, state and federal government, as well as demonstrated experience working with local officials on public policy matters.
- Successful track record in building key strategic relationships and coalitions and accomplishing major legislative, regulatory and policy goals. Must have ability to serve as a strong public advocate while also negotiating and mediating among and between stakeholders and relevant parties.
- Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reporting staff members, senior management and executive leadership. Demonstrated experience in effectively building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications and development specialists.
- Extensive experience in producing high-quality and effective annual reports, marketing literature, newsletters, fundraising solicitations and other online and print publications to promote the work and underlying mission of an organization.
- Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking and planning into actionable plans, and output to achieve tangible results.
- Demonstrated creativity and effectiveness when utilizing new media technologies and mediums; ability to make decisions in a rapidly changing environment and anticipate future needs.
- Proven ability to work and effectively lead a highly diverse community and partnership base in a sensitive and rapidly changing climate.
- Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain effective and instrumental working relationships with high-level officials and organizations.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills; ability and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of a dedicated and high-performing Board of Directors.
- Demonstrated and consistent record of personal and professional conduct that promotes an inclusive climate and IRUSA’s values.
- Highly motivated and committed to humanitarian mission and values; ability to lead by example, with transparency and integrity that motivates staff at all levels.
- Must be eligible to work in the United States.