The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites applications for the position of Director of Communications. During this critical period in American history, a time characterized by racial and gender divisions, increasing economic inequality, health disparities, and fractious politics, sociologists have an important role to play in helping communities make sense of and respond to emerging issues and events. ASA ensures that the work of sociologists reaches the public and relevant policymakers. This position provides the opportunity to productively influence the current narrative about a wide range of issues in today’s news.
ASA has a membership 10,000 sociologists who are scholars, teachers, and practitioners. Its mission is to serve sociologists in their work, advance sociology as a discipline and profession, and promote the contributions and use of sociology to society. ASA’s office is in Washington, D.C., but staff is working 100% remotely at present.
Conceptualize, implement, and manage an integrated content development and dissemination strategy to reach audiences both internal and external to the discipline of sociology
Lead traditional media relations efforts
Lead digital activity including, but not limited to, social media, newsletters, and website
Foster a culture of public engagement among sociologists
Manage the association’s brand
Manage a departmental operating budget
Supervise the Assistant Director for Communications
Respond to a variety of relevant requests for assistance from ASA members
Collaborate with relevant organizational committees and other volunteer leadership groups in the interest of supporting relevant activities
Serve as a member of the association’s senior leadership team and manage additional related responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
Reporting Structure: The Director of Communications reports to the Executive Director and has supervisory responsibility for the Assistant Director for Communications.
Job Classification: Exempt
Preferred Qualifications: It is important to note that these qualifications are preferred. We recognize that there are several professional profiles that could be well suited to this position. Should your profile vary in some ways from the qualifications listed and you think you could be successful in this endeavor, please do not hesitate to apply.
Requires a bachelor’s degree; M.A. or Ph.D. in social science discipline welcome
Significant relevant professional experience
Relevant journalistic and/or media relations experience
Experience working with social media
Experience with website management
Exemplary writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively translate scholarly material into content that is engaging to non-academics
Understanding of and appreciation for social science
Familiarity with higher education sector
Ability to respond quickly to media and other time-sensitive requests
Ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with teams
Project management experience; ability to successfully manage multiple projects at once.
Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A full benefits package is provided.
To apply: Please submit a substantive cover letter and a resume to Nancy Kidd, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until someone has been hired.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is a priority for ASA. We are committed to recruiting a diverse applicant pool from underrepresented groups. ASA is an equal opportunity employer.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Sociological Association
* Serving Sociologists in Their Work.
* Advancing Sociology as a Science and Profession.
* Promoting the Contributions and Use of Sociology to Society.
The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. ASA members include sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.