Director of Communications

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
New York
Mission Statement: 

WE ARE AVPOur Mission:AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.Our Vision:AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. 

Position Description: 

The Communications Director works to create and articulate the mission, goals andprogrammatic work of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and the National Coalitionof Anti-Violence Program (NCAVP), which AVP coordinates, to all of our constituents, using avariety of communications strategies. The Communications Director serves as a member ofAVP’s senior management team (MTEAM). DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Provide Visionary Leadership: Help lead and ensure strategic visioning for the Communications department. Shape and adapt AVP’s and NCAVP’s communications strategies to matchorganizational and community needs and current social and political climate. Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure coordination and cooperation. Participate in AVP’s staff led Anti-Oppression Process. General Communications and Rapid Incident Response: Ensure active and dynamic electronic and print communications including: website, blog,social media, community alerts, tool kits, brochures, reports, flyers, etc. Establish and maintain organization’s brand and style guidelines. Monitor all local and national news coverage of violence-related LGBTQ incidents,sharing relevant stories with staff daily. Manage communications in response to incidents of violence and homicides, as needed. Media and Public Relations: Maximize and expand opportunities for media coverage for AVP and NCAVP. Ensure AVP has diverse spokespersons (staff, clients, Board, volunteers and activists)who are prepared for a range of types of media coverage. Manage relationships with media and other contacts. Manage and maintain an archive of all media coverage Serve as backup agency spokesperson. Manage Communications Staff, Consultants, Volunteers, and Intern: Recruit, hire, supervise, support and evaluate Communications Associate. Recruit, hire and manage consultants, volunteers and interns. Provide staff leadership and support for Board-led Communications Committee to helpcarry out the strategic direction of AVP’s communications. Oversee Administrative Systems to ensure smooth and consistent operation of department: Develop and implement communication protocols, structures and records. Oversee the preparation and management of budgets and reports for the department. Ensure that Board of Directors understand the department’s work and impact throughreports and presentations and staffing board Communications committee. Maintain complete records of communications and track all data in a timely manner. 


QUALIFICATIONS Minimum three years of experience managing and working with diverse staff teams. Minimum five years of media relations and communications experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience developing writtenmaterials for multiple audiences and platforms required. Experience develop social media and marketing plans required. Knowledge of LGBTQ justice and issues required. Demonstrated commitment to end violence within and against LGBTQ and HIV-affectedcommunities and other marginalized communities preferred. Ability to work collectively and independently, a sense of humor and commitment to ahealthy work-life balance required. Experience integrating anti-racism, anti-oppression and intersectional values andprinciples into the daily practice of social justice work preferred. Experience working with direct service organizations and survivors of trauma preferred. Ability to build relationships, work well in diverse settings and with a myriad ofconstituencies and communities needed. Position requires significant night and weekend work. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Application Instructions: 

Submit resume, cover letter including salary requirement, and two short writing samples(1-5 pages) to avphiring [at] with “Director of Communications” in subject line byNovember 15, 2017. Candidates will be notified for an interview. We will not be able to respondto all inquiries. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. No calls, please.

Position Level: 
Country/US Territory: 
United States