Jun 12, 2019

Communications Director - Los Angeles, CA

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marketing / PR Child and Family Welfare Agency Health Care Women causes

Job Description

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is seeking an experienced Communications Director with excellent customer service and management skills to work in our Downtown Los Angeles Headquarters.  Responsible for directing internal and external communications strategies in order to achieve the agency’s communications goals through pro-active and reactive media relations, oversight and development of web-based communications efforts, including social media platforms, creation and management of agency publications, and collaboration and implementation of best practices to protect and elevate the agency.  Also responsible for generating positive media coverage, manage crisis communication, cultivate relationships with key media contacts, train and practice message delivery with key staff and spokespeople, and brief Board, staff, and opinion leaders on relevant media and policy issues.
Over one hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that everyone should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Founded 52+ years ago, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is one of the largest providers of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County. The Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) team works together to provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to women, men, and young people across Los Angeles County. At PPLA, you will discover a culture of like-minded individuals who are eager to make positive contributions to their community and to the Planned Parenthood mission.

Our Ideal Candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor's Degree required, preferably in a field related to communications, journalism, or policy
    • Five (5) to seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in media communications, public relations
    • Minimum three (3) years’ experience and demonstrated success in working with Senior Leaders, Board Members, and contributors
    • Demonstrated success in working with the media, including Spanish language outlets
    • Ability to balance and prioritize competing deadlines
    • Proficiency in message and media training
    • Strong knowledge of reproductive health care issues and policies preferred
    • Availability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings as required
    • A valid driver’s license and reliable and flexible means of transportation is required

About the position:

    • Create and manage implementation of strategic communications plan
    • Lead Agency communications goals and objectives in collaboration with Senior Staff
    • Monitor and direct Agency response to relevant local news reports, issues and media stories
    • Direct President/CEO, members of the Board of Directors, Senior Staff and designated spokespeople in crisis communications
    • Direct press strategy, including: staging of press conferences, rallies, and other earned media events; coordinating and conducting interviews; pitching stories and responding to media inquiries
    • Oversee development of Speakers Bureau, including identification and training of staff, volunteers, donors, and former patients; train and prepare Senior Staff and others for media interviews and public speaking engagements
    • Write speeches and Talking Points for CEO, donors, elected officials, and key agency partners
    • Monitor and make available to President/CEO and Senior Staff newspaper, radio, online and television accounts of newsworthy items of specific interest relating to reproductive healthcare
    • Direct internal communications for agency, including regular staff emails, board emails and crisis communications
    • Support communications needs from across the agency, including: fundraising materials, CEO reports, Patient Services updates, and Board communications
    • Develop and disseminate content which promotes Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in a positive light and keeps the agency’s messages in the forefront of public awareness
    • In collaboration with Director of Marketing, oversee strategy for all social media platforms, websites, and online communications for PPLA; coordinate with Community Education and Development to meet agency’s need and ensure best practices are followed
    • Strategize and lead implementation of best practices and trends in on-line data management
    • Write and edit content for Agency publications – including printed and e-newsletters, Annual Report, brochures, etc.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts and outlets
    • Speak and make presentations to groups, as appropriate
    • Manage contracts and performance of communications vendors and subcontractors
    • Manage Communications budget
    • Manage story concepts, pitch reporters, write articles, and columns for publication, press release, media advisories, letter-to-the-editor, and opinion editorials
    • Ensure successful rollout of new centers, services, projects or special initiatives
    • Collaborate as needed with national (PPFA), state (PPAC) and local Planned Parenthoods

Generous salary and benefits package includes:

    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
    • Free basic life/AD&D policy with additional voluntary coverage options
    • Short Term Disability, Critical Illness and Accident policies
    • 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 3% employer match
    • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account plans
    • Public Transportation and Commuter Pre-Tax Reimbursements
    • Generous vacation, sick, and holiday benefits

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Los Angeles County Ordinance No. 184852.

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