Overview

Director, Communications
Council for Responsible Nutrition

The Director, Communications serves as a strategic communications professional for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), CRN staff, and CRN members. The role reports to the Senior Director, Communications, and is responsible for developing and implementing communications primarily to external audiences to promote the mission of the association and the valuable roles of dietary supplements and functional food for nutrition and better health. 

The primary responsibilities and expectations for this position are: 

Trade Media Relations
  • Works with the Senior Director, Communications and other departments, in coordinating rapid response for media and member companies on scientific studies, regulatory, and legislative issues
  • Develops talking points and/or press releases or statements; proactively or reactively reaches out to media on these issues
  • Identifies media opportunities to promote CRN’s work and proactively generates positive stories around new science
  • Serves as an additional resource to communications staff in fielding and responding to consumer, trade, and policy media inquiries, including writing and editing media materials and messaging documents
  • Develops trade and policy press contacts and cultivates strong relationships with media
  • Secures opportunities for staff for interviews/videos/podcasts in trade media and at trade shows
  • Secures byline opportunities for staff and manages content calendar
Content Strategy and Creation 
  • Collaborates with other members of communications staff to curate and develop engaging content for multiple platforms, particularly CRN’s monthly newsletters for various audiences, including retailers and registered dieticians
  • A bonus but not required: Ability to create graphic and video elements, Adobe Creative Cloud experience a plus

YOUR TEAM:

We are a high-energy, high-achievement team, constantly challenging the status quo and seeking to deliver new strategic insights, perspectives, and ways of succeeding for our industry and our members. The existing team is highly functioning and has shown enormous professional growth by being entrusted with a great deal of responsibility. Less-experienced team members benefit greatly from consistent coaching, modeling of strategic behavior, and the presence of senior leaders to consult with on novel or thorny communications conundrums. The successful candidate will impact the organization not only through his/her own work, but also by making the entire team better – requiring an engaging, proactive, teaching, and collaborative mindset.

Candidate must be a strong communicator with excellent written, oral, and presentation capabilities; strategic thinker; creative problem solver; fearless advocate for our industry and members; diplomatic skills; professional demeanor; ability to work quickly, juggle projects, and meet deadlines; big picture thinker also comfortable with the smallest of details. Must be prepared to actively collaborate with other association disciplines (science, government relations, legal, finance, membership, human relations, education/events). Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications or related area preferred. More than five years public relations/communications job experience is required, including experience in media relations. Public relations agency and/or association experience is preferred, but corporate experience is also highly valued. 

Send cover letter (include salary requirements) and resume to crnjobs@crnusa.org. 

Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000. Excellent benefits include health insurance, 401k, paid holiday & vacation, and more.
Type: Full Time (Remote & In Office; currently 2 days in-office, 3 days remote)

About the Council for Responsible Nutrition
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973 and based in Washington, DC, is the leading trade association representing dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. CRN companies produce a large portion of the dietary supplements marketed in the United States and globally. Our member companies manufacture popular national brands as well as the store brands marketed by major supermarkets, drug stores and discount chains. These products also include those marketed through natural food stores and mainstream direct selling companies. CRN represents more than 150 companies that manufacture dietary ingredients and/or dietary supplements and functional foods, or supply services to those suppliers and manufacturers. Our member companies are expected to comply with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety. Our supplier and manufacturer member companies also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics.
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