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Director of Communications

Gaithersburg, MD

Employment Type: Permanent Specialty : Marketing, PR/Communications Job Number: 1264

TorchLight seeks a Director of Communications for a strategic health communications and education company in Montgomery County, MD.   The Director is responsible for the strategy and execution of multi-channel communication plans for federal and private clients, including advertising, social media, content marketing, PR, events, and more. He or she is also responsible for leading a team of communications professionals. Qualified candidates must have experience working in or with a federal government organization/client.

  • Drive strategic planning, core messaging, and positioning for traditional and digital media channels.
  • Develop and manage communication plans that build awareness and support among target audiences.
  • Set departmental work priorities, manage schedules, and maximize team performance.
  • Develop website and social content to grow audience reach and engagement.
  • Oversee reporting of key web performance metrics to evaluate and refine tactics.
  • Create press releases, backgrounders, talking points, media advisories, & press kits.
  • Maintain a media monitoring service and create monthly analytics reports.
  • Develop press angles aligned with key campaign messages and marketing initiatives.
  • Oversee media relations activities including building and managing media relationships, coordinating media interviews, and getting press coverage.
  • Conduct formative research, analyze results, and prepare reports for clients.
  • Provide media and crisis communication training for clients.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience with 3+ years in government contracting or an agency that services government clients.
  • Strong project management skills with ability to work simultaneously on multiple time-sensitive projects.
  • Expert verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Excellent management skills.
  • Experience in media and crisis communication training is preferred.
  • Bachelor’ s degree required; MPH or other Master’ s level degree is preferred.
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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