Director of Public Affairs

Director of Public Affairs

Faces & Voices of Recovery is seeking a Director of Public Affairs.

This is a full-time home-based position with a competitive annual starting salary- based on experience. Faces & Voices of Recovery offers generous leave and health benefits.

We believe that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees with honesty, dignity, and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of recovery status, criminal justice history, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression or identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected class.

To Apply: 

A cover letter describing your interest in THIS job and why you’re a good fit is required. 

Send resume and cover letter to careers@facesandvoicesofrecovery.org.

Job purpose

The Director of Public Affairs works closely with the senior management team to develop, advance, and oversee the public affairs activities of Faces & Voices of Recovery, including the organization’s communications, marketing, public relations, government relations, policy, and advocacy strategies.

Focus Area

Special focus of this position includes leveraging the existing initiatives and expertise of the organization to develop a cohesive message and platform for all relevant stakeholders, including members of the recovery advocacy community, government leaders, and the general public. It includes understanding, identifying, and maximizing opportunities to advance public policy issues relevant to the organization and developing and implementing communications strategies. This position requires the ability to swiftly maximize opportunities and mitigate risks, while building positive relationships with stakeholders, the media, and the public. The Director will leverage the expertise of board members, public policy committee and other partners to implement communications and public relations plans to help operationalize the mission and vision of Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Public Affairs leads the Public Affairs team and works collaboratively across departments to achieve the following:

  • Develop and implement cohesive national messaging around addiction recovery
  • Develop and implement a process for measuring national impact
  • Identify and leverage opportunities to generate national, regional and local news
  • Develop and implement public relations and communications strategies
  • Oversee implementation of a cross-functional government relations, public policy and advocacy strategy
  • Oversee implementation of a cross-functional marketing strategy for products and services
  • Build, manage, and strengthen relationships with government officials, stakeholders in the recovery advocacy community including Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs), and industry partners at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Generate written content, including press releases, op-eds, articles, keynote speeches, talking points, and other promotional materials for public consumption and internal use
  • Oversee the creation of high-quality briefing materials for political audiences to support public policy strategy and advocacy priorities
  • Ensure the organization’s commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (J-DEI) is reflected throughout all communications, publications, materials, and messaging
  • Improve and oversee communications platforms and delivery vehicles, including social media platforms
  • Develop and oversee execution of work plans and project plans to achieve the organization’s public relations, communications, and policy goals and vision
  • Develop a wide range of new opportunities to maximize the impact of the organization.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in public affairs related to social justice, healthcare, and/or behavioral healthcare
  • Experience with running grassroots campaigns to engage members and other stakeholders in policy discussions is a plus
  • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment
  • Ability to quickly develop subject matter expertise on a range of issues and translate complex issues and ideas for public consumption
  • Ability to coach, mentor, and support leaders and emerging leaders at all levels of the organizations as public spokespeople, and to function as the organization’s spokesperson when needed and appropriate
  • Expertise in developing messaging strategies
  • Ability to communicate with the public about why we back certain policies and why advocates should make their voices heard to influence government decisions
  • Experience in remote work and virtual platforms a plus
  • Values recognizing accomplishments and abilities of other staff
  • Passionate about Faces & Voices mission and able to promote and communicate the mission and values to external and internal stakeholders

Education

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in public relations, communications, political science, healthcare administration, or another related field, is required for this position
  • Master’s Degree a plus. Relevant experience may be considered as a possible substitution

Specialized Knowledge

  • Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and a willingness to grow with the team in our DEI journey
  • Thorough understanding of how the internet and social media have transformed grassroots advocacy
  • Understanding of addiction and recovery principles, recovery support services and Recovery Community Organizations

Skills

  • Skilled in effective supervision and training of staff
  • Skilled in speaking and writing effectively
  • Skilled in providing public presentations and trainings
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and representatives from other agencies, organizations, and the general public
  • Ability to use technology to maintain records
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be agile and respond to changing needs and priorities quickly
  • Ability to facilitate teamwork and individualized professional growth among direct reports

Salary

  • $80,000 – $90,000 – Commensurate with experience.

Working conditions

Faces & Voices of Recovery employs remote workers who must maintain a home office conducive to optimal work performance and free of distractions. Some projects may require staff to travel. All necessary personal arrangements for travel such as childcare, house care, pet care, etc. should be done on personal time. Local errands, like shipping and mailing, that pertain to work projects should be done during work hours. All staff are required to work and be available during office hours – 9:00 am -5:00 pm ET unless otherwise approved by supervisor.

Physical requirements

Employee must be able to remain in a stationary position 90% of the time. Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. Some occasions may call for moving equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

Direct Reports

Marketing and Communications Manager; Advocacy and Outreach Manager