The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently hiring a Director of Communications and Marketing, a full-time position located in our Washington, DC office.
Nature of Position:
The Director of Communications provides leadership and management of the Association’s communications activities. Those activities include: development of a communications program that reinforces the Association’s policy positions; demonstrates the value of transportation and the activities of the state departments of transportation; supports the technical services of the Association; and provides timely and factual information to the public. The Director is responsible for the preparation of the Communications annual work plan and the annual division budget, as well as quarterly and annual performance reporting.
The Director works with the Executive Director and the Division Directors to develop appropriate communications strategies for key association issues, including the development of messages and supporting materials. The incumbent may draft oral testimony for Congressional hearings at the request of the Executive Director.
Specifically, the Director oversees the preparation and publication of the weekly AASHTO Journal, the daily AASHTO Transportation Update, the AASHTO Magazine and the AASHTO Annual Report. The director also supervises the Association social media strategies, web site and the video production team. The Director also works with staff on the strategic direction and tactics to maximize the outreach of these important communications tools. The director oversees the Association media relations program, working with the media relations manager and with the public information officers of the states and of other organizations. The Director supervises the work of the Information Resources Coordinator and the operation of the AASHTO Information Resources Center, which provide staff and member departments with research and other information as requested and which responds to public inquiries regarding AASHTO publications. The incumbent also oversees the AASHTO marketing team, which supports the promotion and growth of AASHTO technical service programs and Centers of Excellence.
The Director is responsible for preparation of speeches, presentations, Annual Meeting materials and scripts for AASHTO officers as needed, and for the promotion of media coverage of speaking engagements and news events.
The Director works closely with the Director of the Publications Division to ensure that AASHTO communications materials are produced in a timely manner, at a high standard of excellence, while containing costs to the greatest extent possible through the use of in-house production.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible, professional experience in the communications field along with a minimum of three years management experience. Previous transportation association work is desirable, but not required. A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field is required. Evidence of a higher degree of professional development and/or management training is highly desirable.
The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills; general knowledge of all modes of transportation, as well as a sound understanding of the legislative and regulatory process at the congressional, federal, and state levels; and the ability to work under pressure, assimilating information quickly and reporting it in a comprehensible fashion is necessary.
About American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AASHTO works to educate the public and key decision makers about the critical role that transportation plays in securing a good quality of life and sound economy for our nation. Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, AASHTO serves as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the Federal government. AASHTO is an international leader in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development. Standards are issued for design, construction of highways and bridges, materials, and many other technical areas.