Communications Director, US
Guardian News & Media (GNM), award-winning publisher of theguardian.com, is one of the largest English-speaking newspaper websites in the world. The Guardian was established 200 years ago in Manchester, UK and its pioneering journalism attracts over 150 million unique browsers every month globally.
Since launching in 2011, Guardian US has one of the fastest-growing audiences in the States and is a top-fifteen news publisher nationally. Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US is an entirely digital operation that seeks to inform and engage domestic and international readers about issues in this country, foregrounding US voices and expertise, focusing on topics like racial justice, the climate crisis and technology.
Are you an experienced communications executive looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to advance your skills and career in a fast-paced working environment? Are you a strong communicator with a keen news sense who is creative, collaborative and confident? Do you have a passion for independent, journalism and the core values and focus areas that make The Guardian so unique?
We are looking for an ambitious, motivated and energetic Communications Director to support the continued growth of our brand and reputation in the US, and lead internal and external communications activity in the US market. As part of the Guardian US leadership team, this pivotal role acts as a strategic adviser to both the Group Communications Director and Guardian US President, and other senior leaders including the Editor, to drive brand awareness with key stakeholders in consumer and B2B markets. If this sounds exciting we’d love to hear from you!
Reports to: Group Director of Communications, UK, and to President, US
Normal location: New York, NY
Terms and conditions: Permanent, full time
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop a US communications strategy and narrative aligned with global positioning, to effectively communicate the Guardian’s purpose, values and strategy to US audiences.
- Advise US Editor and President on internal and external communications and reputational issues, working closely with the London-based team as required.
- Lead proactive and reactive media engagement to promote and defend the Guardian’s reputation and brand in the US.
- Manage internal communications for Guardian US including staff-wide updates, surveys and town halls.
- Support US and UK senior leadership participation in external engagements, for eg. drafting presentations and speeches and overseeing interview briefings.
- Work with Guardian US and global colleagues to support internal and external communication of editorial projects, product launches, partnerships, joint ventures, business deals, and internal initiatives.
- Advocate for US market requirements in global brand activities, collaborating with global brand and marketing teams.
- A skilled influencer with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with senior leadership and secure buy-in across different stakeholder groups.
- Deep understanding of communications, media, and digital best practices with the ability to identify communications opportunities that could add value to the business.
- A willingness to roll-up their sleeves, dive into the details, take a hands-on, positive approach to working flexibly across borders and time zones.
- Proven ability to cultivate media contacts and experience working with broadcast media.
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in communications, journalism, or related field such as public policy preferred.
Knowledge and experience:
- Minimum five years external communications experience – ideally in a senior role – covering strategic and tactical planning, crisis management, and corporate, trade, consumer and online media.
- Considerable experience managing PR in complex, issues-rich organizations. Experience partnering with HR, sales, marketing, legal and other business functions to deliver rounded internal and external communications strategies.
- Experience working with and influencing senior stakeholders preferred.
Who You'll Be Working With:
- Brendan O’Grady, Group Communications Director
- Regina Buckley, President, Guardian US and John Mulholland, Editor, Guardian US
- Guardian US Leadership Team
- Global Communications Team
All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate, to the Greater New York Area.
Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship. We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen). We aspire to provide inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard, and they can contribute to our future.
This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.