Headquartered in in Washington, D.C., the National Confectioners Association is the pre-eminent organization representing more than 600 chocolate, candy, gum, and mints manufacturers and suppliers across the United States. NCA fosters industry growth by advancing and promoting the interests of the confectionery industry and its consumers.
NCA’s Communications Manager will execute digital strategy, assist with rapid response, and identify areas of opportunity for NCA to proactively engage in the traditional media space. The Communications Manager will be responsible for helping manage a broad range of issues and projects in coordination with members of the Public Affairs & Communications team and writing, editing and proofreading all forms of communications materials.
The Communications Manager will provide media relations for the association within a specified issue set, and will distill complex topics into comprehensive, easily understandable communications materials tailored for multiple audiences. The ideal candidate has a strong background in social media and digital communications, with a solid understanding of the current media landscape.
The Communications Manager reports to the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead all social / digital engagement for the association by auditing NCA’s social media strategy and elevating the quality and relevance of content;
Create dynamic, engaging digital content as a vehicle for sharing NCA’s messaging;
Plan and execute new ways to showcase industry messaging while also making it fun, fresh, and exciting;
Identify trends in media conversations and leverage them as opportunities to insert NCA messaging;
Create and execute traditional and digital media campaigns around key moments/events;
Draft media summaries for key moments and events;
Support NCA’s public affairs and communications operation by writing and editing high-quality internal and external communications materials, including traditional media correspondence, press releases, statements, op-eds, design copy, and web and social media content;
Build relationships with and position NCA as a strategic partner with media organizations, industry audiences, colleague organizations, and other external audiences;
Maintain a working knowledge of issues and subjects important to NCA;
Repackage and repurpose content for a variety of industry and external audiences;
Collaborate enthusiastically across disciplines within the association to develop and bring to life unique content that generates action and engagement in traditional and social media;
Contribute to the implementation of public affairs and communications programs;
Serve as the communication team lead or other critical role in on-going and ad hoc priority projects; and
Serve as an association spokesperson.
Required: Bachelor's degree in Communications or related field
Required: 5 years of work experience, Capitol Hill / campaign / digital agency experience helpful
Required: A proven track record of creating high quality, engaging content across multiple social / digital platforms
Required: Familiarity with media, and a background in media relations
Required: Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and project management skills
Experience as an on the record spokesperson preferred
Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
High level of familiarity with AP Style
Ability to thrive in a high-performance culture
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
NCA offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.
Applicants should send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a portfolio of work, including three original writing samples – one of which must be an example of social/digital work (social media strategy, campaign overview, etc). All items must be included for consideration.
Please send all necessary items to jobs@CandyUSA.com and reference Communications Manager in the subject line.
Final candidates will be given a writing assignment.
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About National Confectioners Association
Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the U.S. confectionery industry, NCA helps ensure the public understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle.