Thursday, September 11, 2008

Job Opening: Director of Communications, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

This individual will report directly to the President and CEO. Individual must be a self-starter with proven experience in mission-oriented message development and strategic communications. Must be member service minded and detail oriented. Public policy experience and knowledge of Montgomery County, Maryland issues preferred. Individual must possess superior verbal and written communications skills and be able to synthesize information quickly and produce summaries of that information for general consumption. Ability to meet deadlines is critical. Individual must be energetic, outgoing, and enjoy managing many projects at one time.

Job responsibilities include:
-- Build and manage relationships with local media including print, television and radio. Secure strategic placement of quotes from members of the Chamber’s leadership team in various media outlets.
-- Manage internal communications with the MCCC Membership through bi-weekly newsletter, MCCC website, and other communications alerts as necessary.
-- Write speeches for Chamber President and CEO and Chairman of the Board for various events including press conferences, award ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and media interviews.
-- Produce scripts for the Chamber’s three signature events: Public Safety Awards, Annual Dinner, and Business Awards Dinner.
-- Coordinate production of the COMCAST Red Carpet and event photographs.
-- Write and secure placement of letters to the editor in local papers in order to influence decision makers on issues of importance to the Chamber.
-- Provide public relations outreach for the newly formed Montgomery County Chamber Foundation and GovConNet programs.
-- Assist Vice-President, Public Affairs with other communications tasks as needed including media efforts in Annapolis, press releases on committee meetings, etc.

Applicants must submit at least three writing samples.

If interested, please contact Vice-President of Public Affairs Lisa Fadden at lfadden (at) montgomerycountychamber (dot) com or (240) 403-3505.

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