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Communications Manager (Contract to Hire)

Alexandria, VA 22314

Employment Type: Contract to Hire Specialty : Marketing, PR/Communications Job Number: 1378

TorchLight seeks a Communications Manager (contract to hire) for an organization located in Northern Virginia. The Communications Manager will help define the communications strategy and manage execution of related programs. He or she is responsible for communication across digital and traditional channels including media relations, PR, content marketing, email, and others.

  • Work with head of department to create communications strategy; implement and manage all communications programs
  • Develop media relations strategy and execute inbound inquiries as well as outbound pitches to target publications
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to create and implement content marketing strategy and editorial calendar
  • Write and edit content including articles, press releases, blogs, emails, website, and other content for digital and traditional channels
  • Manage network of experts and freelancers to generate content
  • Drive digital audience engagement in collaboration with digital marketing lead
  • Manage editorial calendar and standards/style guide
  • Report on program performance and make recommendations for optimization

  • 5+ years of experience in communications, marketing or a related field; 4+ years of experience in email marketing
  • Proven success in creating effective communications programs including media relations
  • Knowledge of audience development, SEO, content structure, and content distribution
  • Adept at email production, testing, and metrics
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication
  • Strong project management skills with high attention to detail
  • B.A. in communications, journalism, or related field
TorchLight Hire is the Washington, D.C. region’s premier search and staffing firm placing marketing, communications, digital and creative professionals in contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent roles across a variety of industries in the DC metro area. At TorchLight, we know the recruitment and hiring process—and the DC metro area job market inside and out. More importantly, we know marketing and communications, with team members who have deep subject matter expertise prior to their tenure at TorchLight. In 2016 and 2017, Inc. Magazine’s Inc 5000 ranked TorchLight No. 621 and 2386 respectively as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2017, TorchLight was recognized in 2017 as one of the DC area's Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal.. Learn more at

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