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Director of Communications

Washington DC

The White House Historical Association is accepting applications for the full-time position of Director of Communications. This position would report to the President of the Association, and collaborate with the chief consultant for communications.


The Director of Communications serves as the primary interface for the media on inquiries to the White House Historical Association regarding the Association’s role in the preservation of, and education about the White House. The Director of Communications also engages with the White House press corps/White House Correspondents Association to provide them with access to the WHHA’s research, historians, digital library, and other resources.

The Director of Communications proactively positions the Association with earned media opportunities, as well as vets, prioritizes, and responds to inquiries from the media. The Director of Communications will have a direct working relationship with the White House press staff in both the East and West Wings, and coordinate with them as appropriate.

This role develops all necessary press materials, background information, press releases, and media advisories, and makes certain that the press component to the website is current and accurate. The Director of Communications serves as the spokesperson for the Association and works directly with the President of the Association to determine when the president or others should be involved in interviews. The Director of Communications backgrounds reporters prior to any on-the-record interviews.

The Director of Communications serves as a part of a team with the director of marketing and the director of digital outreach to coordinate messaging and representation of the Association. In addition, this role serves every department of the WHHA as a “client”, including, but not limited to: publications, the Rubenstein Center for White House History, retail operations, the WHHA president, facility rentals, and WHHA’s various partnerships, including with the Washington Nationals.


At least five years of direct media experience is required, preferably including the White House, Cabinet, and/or for a Member of Congress. On-the-record experience, strong writing, current media contacts, creativity, proactive and reactive media skills and an ability to lean into the news cycle all are a must.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to and include Director of Communications in the subject line.

Posted April 18, 2017

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