• Director, Executive Communications

    Experience (Years)
  • Position Overview

    The Director of Executive Communications will be a seasoned writer, able to draft, shape, and guide materials in support of telling the Consumer Reports story across strategic initiatives and day-to-day communications.


    Partnering with our experts and executives, this role will focus on support for developing CR’s overall narrative.  This role will be instrumental in crafting compelling speeches and op- eds as well as contributing to broader communications vehicles like annual reports, websites, presentations, and newsletters that help tell CR’s story- who we are, what we do, what we stand for, and the consumer issues we prioritize.

    Qualifications Include

    • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
    • Superb, tested writing skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
    • Expertise in use of integrated communications techniques across social media, media relations, executive communications, etc.
    • An ability to creatively synthesize and research information from a wide range of sources to develop thoughtful and original ideas. Ability to find refreshing ways of addressing existing ideas.
    • Prior work experience in Washington (government, agency, advocacy) or a political campaign is highly desirable.
    • Prior work experience in a corporate setting (company, PR firm, consultancy) is highly desirable.
    • Prior work experience supporting a principal is highly desirable.
    • Superior organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Sound judgment and skilled in assessing priorities
    • Significant experience providing strategic, advisory leadership and support to set priorities and to advance an agenda.
    • Management of individuals or small teams and development of staff.
    • Strong capability to develop, nurture and maintain effective relationships at senior leadership levels within the organization and with other organizations
    • Ability to think strategically, ask provoking questions, identify emerging issues internally and externally, analyze potential impacts critical and translate research, ideas and insights into viable recommendations for action
    • Commitment to the organization’s mission and values
    • Highly developed interpersonal and communications skills for writing, speaking and presenting
    • Ability to listen and learn from diverse constituencies
    • Willingness to work from the suburban location near New York City with occasional travel.

    Key Responsibilities

    Writing and communications support for the CR executives and experts including drafting speeches, social media, blog posts, scripts, op-eds, tweets.


    Collaborating with others on the communications team to develop key messaging across CR’s priority consumer issues, organizational transformation, and marketplace insights for use across communications efforts.


    Creating guidelines in conjunction with the brand communications team on tone and voice of CR.


    Participating in the development of communications for all of CR, including the Annual Report, highest level About CR materials, etc.


    Listening and learning; synthesize, research new ideas and thinking into compelling concepts to future speeches and writings.


    Generating ideas together with the extended Communications team to direct future thought leadership across the organization.


    Performing and/or guide content research and develop detailed speech outlines for executive approval.


    Editing and providing strategic communications counsel on communications deliverables and to CR executives and experts on delivery of speeches and participation in other communications efforts to help improve performance.


    Maximizing the impact of communications deliverables by converting them into op-ed pieces, internal communications, blogs, tweets, etc., to achieve maximum reach of key ideas.


    Managing a staff position and their work to support executive social media, the writing/editing of a variety of other communications vehicles (e.g., newsletters), and primary research in support of communications.


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