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’ communications consultants and CRES’ government relations, external relations and policy teams. The Director has an intensive writing portfolio, while overseeing all communications content creation, and ensures content flows efficiently throughout the organization and to external audiences. In addition, this position manages relationships with professional communicators on Capitol Hill and with allied organizations in DC and beyond the Beltway. 


  • Direct the team’s content creation and distribution strategies, serving as the lead writer  
    • Draft high-level content such as op-eds, executive remarks and talking points, issue messaging, as well as materials such as the annual report, polling decks and briefing documents 
    • Oversee the creation of communications materials such as press releases, newsletters, blogs, videos, social media posts and website updates 
    • Oversee the creation of materials that support the CRES brand 
  • Direct the Capitol Hill Communicators Program, serving as the primary contact to build and maintain strong relationships to promote CRES messaging on Capitol Hill and across states and districts 
    • Manage the Cool Conservative Communicators Collaborating on Climate Change with CRES (C6WC) events and programming 
    • Serve as the primary contact for communications programs at Hill-focused organizations such as the Conservative Climate Caucus, the Conservative Climate Foundation, the Climate Solutions Caucus, the Western Caucus and the Western Caucus Foundation 
  • Implement communications strategies and tactics to support CRES’ mission and goals 
    • Engage in daily communications strategies on key legislative issues 
    • Support communications functions at CRES and CRES-sponsored events 
  • Manage external communications consultants to ensure deliverables meet expectations 
  • Oversee distribution list management, working closely with other departments to ensure growth and accuracy 
  • Provide input to the Vice President of Communications for the development of CRES’ communications workplan, including goal setting and tracking metrics 
  • Support External Relations team with information needed for grant applications and reports 
  • Ensure CRES brand and style guidelines are adhered to for all external content  
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Six to eight years of experience including time as a communications director, press secretary or similar role 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 in a relevant field of study 
  • Strong writing and editing skills, particularly for news outlet publications  
  • Demonstrated track record of developing advocacy messaging and talking points on newsworthy topics from a conservative point of view 
  • Incredible attention to detail and process-management skills – must have a proven record of accomplishment of shepherding projects from conception to successful execution 
  • Experience working directly with principal-level officials for public events and media interviews 
  • Professional relationships with senior policy and communications staff on Capitol Hill 
  • Ability to execute a departmental strategic plan that aligns with the organization’s mission and goals 
  • Working knowledge of climate and energy issues 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently; ability to successfully juggle multiple priorities 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant software 
  • Ability to travel to out-of-state conferences 

Personal/Professional Attributes:

  • Is organized, diligent and responsible 
  • Can work collaboratively in a self-directed manner  
  • Fearlessly asks questions to understand assignments better 
  • Can manage competing priorities and consistently meet deadlines 
  • Is excited to contribute to a high-growth, fast-paced organization 
  • Is flexible and able to handle change and unexpected challenges 

Competitive Benefits:

  • Excellent health, vision, dental and prescription drug insurance 
  • Paid short-and-long-term insurance 
  • Flexible Spending Account 
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Retirement plan match 
  • Transportation benefit 
  • Cell phone reimbursement 

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

CRES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CRES’ policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

How to Apply:

Please include “Director of Communications” in your subject line and send your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]

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