24 days old

Director of Communications

Columbus, OH 43215
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Position Title: Director of Communications
Reports To:
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
Position Type:
Schedule and Hours:
Varies as necessary

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. Economic development is about creating a place where companies can thrive and individuals can enjoy a higher standard of living. JobsOhio plays a leading role in economic development and serves as a catalyst to accelerate growth by investing in communities, helping Ohio's businesses expand and attracting new companies to the state all contributing to job creation, greater payrolls and more investment.

Summary of Position

The Director of Communications is responsible for all aspects of communication within the JobsOhio organization. This role is responsible for developing the strategy, overseeing message development and working cross functionally across the marketing team to deploy and amplify the message.

It starts with a strategy. Then it is the development of key messages. And then the channel. The leader will control the flow of information between JobsOhio and the public, oversee direct reports, manage agency partners, direct public relations campaigns and are often present at company media events.

Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends, as needed. Must have reliable transportation to travel across Ohio and occasionally on national media trips.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a clear strategy and editorial voice for JobsOhio, customized to respective platforms where applicable.
  • Provide strategic leadership, with particular focus on delivering captivating, audience appropriate content for JobsOhio across multiple platforms.
  • Lead production of high-quality, reputation-driving content across various platforms and media outlets.
  • Collaborate with cross functional marketing team on holistic content strategies.
  • Develop and refine core messages to ensure organizational consistency with the ability to take complex programs/economic development initiatives and distill information into simple, clear, external communications.
  • Responsible for overseeing the production of all communications development of key messages, talking points, articles, speeches, quotes, press kits, press release, and other content initiatives.
  • Identify and develop compelling storylines that can be told via multiple channels; reputation management; voice of authority; media relations; crisis/issue management.
  • Detect public relations issues as they emerge and address them directly and swiftly. Oversee crisis operations and works to repair or prevent damaged reputation after negative incidents have occurred. Act as a media spokesperson and address questions and complaints.
  • Maintain an always current list of JobsOhio key contacts, advocates, and media contacts.
  • Share / seed news stories that build Ohio for business in national media and the mission and results of JobsOhio within the state.
  • Participate in special events where the media may be present including groundbreakings, board meetings and events.
  • Manage public relations and creative agencies including budget development, results and measurement and day to day oversight.
  • Approximately 10% of time in state travel to media outlets and events. Occasional nation media trip travel.

  • Experience Requirements

    • 10-12 years of experience in Communications.
    • Mastered composition techniques in producing polished final pieces.
    • Significant communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations.
    • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment.
    • Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons.
    • Must possess exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
    • Effectively handle multiple assignments at one time
    • Strong presentation, listening and communication skills
    • Manage challenging situations and stakeholders
    • Knowledge of Ohio news outlets and media resources, including statehouse press
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Capable of independent and strategic thought with excellent organizational skills
    • Engaged, flexible, motivated and success driven

    Education Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in Communications or Journalism.

JobsOhio is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, familial status, or veteran status.



Posted: 2021-04-23 Expires: 2021-05-24

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