Director of Communications

About Our Organization

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. This work includes building out robust political and advocacy operations to support Republican clean energy champions in the U.S. House and Senate. In addition to working with Members of Congress and legislative staffs to discuss policy ideas, the CRES team members also collaborate with industry representatives and subject matter experts in their mission to bring Americans together to solve our most pressing issues. CRES policy goals include:

  • Reducing global emissions and growing the U.S. economy.
  • Enacting policy that builds off historically successful approaches to affordable clean energy.
  • Affordably reducing domestic emissions in a manner that can be leveraged globally.

To further its mission, CRES established CRES Forum in 2017 to educate the public and influence the national conversation around clean energy solutions that are actionable, market-friendly and responsible. CRES Forum provides expert information to key decision makers, so they are empowered to act in addition to support annual forums and events, such as National Clean Energy Week, to demonstrate how clean energy policies strengthen the economy, enhance America’s vital national security interests, and help to preserve our environment for future generations.

Scope of Work:

The Director of Communications reports to the Vice President of Communications and works closely with CRES’s communications consultants and CRES’s government relations, external affairs, administration, human resources, and policy teams. The director fosters a team-focused culture by developing, motivating, and supporting three direct reports: Communications Associate, Communications Coordinator, and Communications Intern.

The ideal candidate will have at least five to eight years of experience in strategic communications and public relations, with a particular emphasis on press strategy, media outreach, and content development. CRES works directly with Republican Congressional leaders and staff to develop, introduce, and drive support for commonsense clean energy and climate policy, so direct experience as a press secretary or press strategist on Capitol Hill is preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Vice President of Communications in the development and implementation of CRES’ strategic communications program;
  • Manage the development and implementation of CRES’s ongoing communications programs, and manage the communications and press components of key initiatives, including National Clean Energy Week and other CRES engagement events and programs;
  • Develop messaging, key talking points, and interview soundbites that succinctly and powerfully communicate CRES’s conservative approach to climate and clean energy policy;
  • Work with our communications and government relations consultants to increase awareness of the organization and highlight CRES spokespeople across traditional, digital, and social media;
  • Draft press statements and press kit materials for critical initiatives, as well as press-focused educational materials on a conservative approach to climate policy;
  • Manage content flow to better leverage opportunities to grow CRES’s share of voice in the industry and mainstream media;
  • Help manage new grassroots initiatives—including direct emails, newsletters, digital advertising, social media, and other paid media opportunities;
  • Create and market new content, including newsletters, blog posts, podcasts, op-eds, and video interviews around specific CRES-backed policy proposals;
  • Help identify opportunities for leveraging newsworthy events to deliver CRES’s messages to the media;
  • Keep the team apprised of new developments in the clean energy conversation;
  • Help support government leaders whose work closely aligns with CRES’s core mission and values;
  • Assist the communications team and Executive leadership with building and maintaining an exceptional professional relationship with communications staff and target journalists;
  • Research and prepare intel briefs and talking points ahead of crucial interviews;
  • Assist CRES spokespeople in developing presentation decks and talking points for public appearances;
  • Staff CRES leadership on press interviews and public appearances;
  • Staff VIP speakers at CRES-organized events; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Five to eight years of experience including time as a press representative on Capitol Hill, at a high-profile government agency, or for a high-profile public figure or corporation;
  • At least a four-year college degree;
  • Professional relationships with reporters at Beltway publications and top-tier mainstream news outlets who cover politics, energy, sustainability, climate, and technology and innovation;
  • Successful track record of developing key messaging and talking points on newsworthy topics from a conservative point of view;
  • Experience working directly with principal-level officials for public events and media interviews;
  • Professional relationships with senior policy and communications staff on Capitol Hill;
  • Some experience mentoring and managing junior-level staff;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Working knowledge of climate and energy issues;
  • Incredible attention to detail and process-management skills – must have a proven record of accomplishment of shepherding projects from conception to successful execution; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently; ability to successfully juggle multiple priorities.

Personal / Professional Attributes:

  • Is organized, diligent, and responsible.
  • Has excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Can work in a self-directed manner but collaboratively.
  • Fearlessly asks questions to understand assignments better.
  • Can manage competing priorities and consistently meets deadlines.

Competitive Benefits:

  • Is organized, diligent, and responsible.
  • Has excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Can work in a self-directed manner but collaboratively.
  • Fearlessly asks questions to understand assignments better.
  • Can manage competing priorities and consistently meet
  • Is excited to contribute to a high-growth, fast-paced organization.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to [email protected] and use “Director of Communications” as the subject line for your e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. CRES is an equal-opportunity employer. A background check is required before a formal offer is made to any candidate.

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