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The nation’s largest trade association for the publishing industry seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial professional for its Director, Communications.
The Director is responsible for driving a wide range of external communications, with media relations as the cornerstone, on behalf of the industry’s brand awareness, policy priorities and reputation. The successful candidate will bring outstanding written and verbal communications skills, a record of accomplishment advancing an industry’s narrative and fluency in non-traditional communications tools and channels. Reporting to the VP, Communications, the Director will lead external communications around education and scholarly publishing and share responsibility with the VP on overarching industry issues including copyright.

Responsibilities include:
--Shape and implement strategic mainstream, digital and social media relations successfully supporting the publishing sectors and issues under the Director’s scope of work.
--Develop communications initiatives, projects, programs and events raising awareness of the role and work of publishers, reaching key audiences
--Extensive, intensive writing: The Director will serve as one of AAP’s primary writers and editors; s/he will produce a breadth of content for members, media, website and other channels.
--Managing comprehensive communications, proactively and responsively, around topical issues including policy
--Working across AAP’s membership base, partners and staff to advance strategies

Requirements include:
--Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years in a full-time communications function, preferably within a corporate communications/media relations department. Association experience helpful.
--A record of accomplishment in relationship-building and engaging in new and creative ways with media, proactively and responsively, to achieve progress toward defined strategic outcomes.
--A portfolio of successful communications management of policy, issue, crisis, litigation and/or reputation issues.
--Experience with (and passion for) identifying and maximizing innovative, emerging communications products and services to break through clutter
--Exceptional writing, research and editing skills: Capable of finding compelling narratives, synthesizing complex information and nimbly producing content for diverse platforms, purposes and audiences.
--Project management skills; experience leading multifaceted campaigns from concept through conclusion.
--Ability to secure buy-in from disparate internal and external stakeholders
--An appreciation for the role of publishers, intellectual property and other issues relevant to the industry. The ability to quickly comprehend AAP’s scope of work and apply this understanding to his/her responsibilities.
--Fluency in all MS Office products. Experience with media database software, email marketing programs, basic CMS admin, basic HTML. Video production, graphic design and/or photography skills desirable.
--The ideal candidate will be a highly-motivated self-starter who flourishes in a fast-paced environment with multiple fluid deadlines, thrives on media interaction, can tell Twitter from Tumblr, is a creative problem-solver, sees around corners.
--The position is based at AAP headquarters with a Monday-Friday workweek. Director must be willing to occasionally work afterhours on short notice and travel domestically on an overnight basis. Telework is not available with this position.

About AAP
AAP is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry, representing 450 premier organizations in all four sectors.

We offer competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and vacation time. We are headquartered in a modern commercial office building in Mt. Vernon Square, convenient to several Metro and bus lines. The building has an on-site garage (fee required), shuttle to the Metro (free to employees) and on-site gym (free to employees). This position does not offer relocation.

To apply, send a cover letter relevant to the position, resume and 3-5 writing samples to Include Director, Communications in the subject line. Applications missing requested materials will be deleted unread. No phone calls, employment agencies or recruiters. Only applicants meeting the position’s qualifications will be contacted. AAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.