Secure America’s Future Energy (SAFE) – Vice President of Communications
Position Vice President of Communications
Company Secure America’s Future Energy (SAFE)
Location Washington, D.C.
Reports To Robbie Diamond, Founder, President/CEO
About Secure America’s Future Energy
Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action oriented, non-ideological, not-for-profit advocacy organization committed to reducing America’s dependence on oil to bolster national security and strengthen the economy. The organization’s plans to advance energy security in the United States by expanding domestic oil and natural gas production, improving fuel efficiency, and accelerating the shift toward a transportation sector powered by a broader mix of diverse energy sources.
Armed with a deep understanding of the issues, SAFE leads the conversation on energy and transportation policy with the goal of bolstering America’s economic and national security. Agile and multidisciplinary, SAFE maintains a strategic ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving energy and transportation landscape with real-time, up-to-date analysis and recommendations.
To learn more about SAFE, click here.
Click here to watch an interview with Founder, President & CEO, Robbie Diamond discussing SAFE.
Vice President of Communications Role:
SAFE is looking for a proven communications visionary and leader of extraordinary talent, passion and commitment to develop, grow and advance a strategic communications plan focused on advocacy. They will be a competent spokesperson who can communicate well with different stakeholders from varied political ideologies. They are responsible for managing key messaging and issues through local, regional and national print, broadcast, and online media channels to target audiences in a timely manner. The VP collaborates closely with the policy, development, and government affairs teams, builds and maintains external partnerships, manages and work collaboratively with communications staff.
The Vice President will report to the President/CEO and will work closely with the Executive Vice President and other teams. They will manage and mentor an intimate communications team.
Above all, the Vice President will be the guardian of the SAFE voice for all external communications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
- Leadership: Directing, collaborating and mentoring an intimate communications team consisting of a Media Relations Manager, Director of Editing and Content and the Managing Editor of our independent news and analysis website, The Fuse.
- Creative, ambitious and strategic in rigorously testing and implementing fresh ideas.
- Willing to pitch in and help others when needed.
- Open and transparent about process and progress.
- Planning and Execution: Crafting internal and external company communications materials such as presentations, talking points proposals, grants and other materials which ensure factual accuracy, quality standards and consistent messaging.
- Maintain close relationships with reporters covering energy, transportation and technology policy beats.
- Working knowledge of all media, including conservative.
- Supporting Media Relations Manager’s efforts on building and maintaining press lists, distributing press releases and statements, discuss news events off and on record, make sure reporters are well-informed on organization, and respond to media inquiries timely and prudently.
- Leading team strategy for disseminating SAFE messaging, according to relevance and frequency, on organization’s social media platforms and The FUSE.
- Being the point of contact and lead organizer for all SAFE events, ensuring placements are well-executed and fulfill group’s core objectives. This includes:
- Working with venues and production teams.
- Searching for additional speakers.
- Event promotion.
- Driving strong attendance.
- Partnership and Relationship Builder: The Vice President will help maximize potential of external partnerships with trade associations, think tanks and policy groups. They will also maintain established formal relationships with companies that are aligned with organization’s values.
- Leveraging relationship with Energy Security Leadership Council by working closely and maximizing its value.
- Effective Spokesperson: Works closely with executive leadership and departmental heads in representing company’s strategic communications interests on a range of political and development initiatives.
- Responsible for brand and reputational integrity in internal and external engagements.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum of six years of professional experience in the communications field, agency, corporate or otherwise.
- Passionate commitment to SAFE’s mission, value and strategic direction.
- Ability to apply knowledge of media landscape and prepare comprehensive communications strategies to achieve successful outcomes.
- Strong media relations skills.
- Team management experience.
- Effectively maximize limited resources comfortably.
- Experience in crisis/issues communications, public policy communications and brand reputation management.
- Seamlessly manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Strong presentation skills.
- Strong working knowledge on engaging target audiences through technology.
- Effective in driving work forward by delegating and ensuring task completing under deadlines.
- Ability to interact with senior management and communicate at all levels of the organization.
- Ability to work in a team and influence others.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and lead execution of effective communication programs and plans both internal and external across board.
- Effective people management skills.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, agencies and partners across the organization.
- Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
- Comfortable in fast-pace, changing environments with a good sense of humor.
- Superior follow-through and time management skills.
- Straightforward, accurate and honest.
- Establishes and communicates a compelling and inspired vision, creates winning strategies and plans, ensures department strategies are aligned with organization’s core objectives.
- Willing to take a managed risk to increase group awareness and target audience.
Creating the Environment
- Develops a positive, respectful, productive and professional work environment.
Building and Maintaining Relationships
- Establishes positive connections with others.
Working at Secure America’s Future Energy (SAFE)
Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is a not-for-profit advocacy organization founded in 2004 and employs 25 people and multiple consultants. It unites prominent military and business leaders to develop and advocate for policies that improve America’s energy security by significantly curtailing our dependence on oil and promoting responsible use of our domestic energy resources. SAFE relies on the knowledge and experience of four-star retired military officers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and its expert staff to produce high-quality, fact based analysis and policy recommendations for lawmakers, regulatory agencies, and the public.
In 2018, GuideStar awarded the organization a bronze Seal of Transparency, showing SAFE’s commitment to transparency.
SAFE provides fact-based analysis of energy policy, markets, and trends through a combination of original research, high-profile public events, traditional and social media outlets, and public advocacy. The organization’s policy platform is truly non-partisan and encourages members of both major political parties to set aside long-held orthodoxies for the good of the country.
SAFE made its public debut in 2005 with Oil ShockWave, a fast-paced and realistic war game exercise led by former U.S. cabinet members. It then formed partnerships with some of the country’s leading corporate executives and retired military officials to develop innovative methods to educate, communicate and advocate for policy solutions to America’s evolving energy issues.
In 2009, SAFE launched the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business executives representing the entire value chain of a proposed electrified transportation system, from automakers to utilities, to promote the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.
After more than a decade of building relationships and expertise through a non-partisan approach, SAFE is well-positioned to work with the Trump administration and Congress towards the organization’s goal of reduced dependence on oil in the transportation sector.
There are three bipartisan leadership councils built around our mission: The Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), the Diplomatic Council on Energy Security and the Commission on Energy and Politics. The ESLC brings together some of America’s most prominent business and military leaders to support a comprehensive, long-term policy to reduce U.S. oil dependence and improve energy security. The ESLC works aggressively to build bipartisan support.
The Diplomatic Council on Energy Security is a bipartisan coalition of former U.S. ambassadors who have come together to speak to the diplomatic and foreign policy constraints and dangers created by the nation’s needs and oil dependence. Members of the group act as expert spokespeople and supporters, educating the public, meeting with policymakers, testifying before Congress, and more. Most importantly, they are adding their prominent voices and significant bipartisan credibility to a crucial national debate.
The Commission on Energy and Geopolitics is a bipartisan group of former high-ranking military and government officials dedicated to enhancing U.S. national security in an era of rapidly evolving energy markets. The Commission combines sophisticated energy market analysis with decades of experience formulating U.S. foreign and military policy around the globe in order to develop clear, actionable policy recommendations for furthering American interests.
SAFE & Bipartisan Government Policy
SAFE’s policy proposals have been embraced by the leaders of both major political parties. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his plan to implement one of SAFE’s policy recommendations, the establishment of an Energy Security Trust, and credited the organization with coming up with the idea. In 2007, President George W. Bush used the State of the Union Address to propose a plan closely mirroring a SAFE proposal, which ultimately led to the first improvement in automotive fuel-economy standards in a generation.
SAFE Policy Initiatives
Initiatives that SAFE is undertaking to strengthen U.S. energy security and reduce the country’s dependence on oil include:
Due to its focus on national and economic security, SAFE has a unique ability to engage conservative thought leaders and lawmakers on energy policy. Through targeted research, impactful public events, and the mobilization of trusted advocates, the organization is working to frame energy security policy in a way that brings conservatives to the table.
Implementation of Electric Vehicle Deployment Community Projects
SAFE and the Electrification Coalition have launched two major projects to support the deployment of electric vehicles in strategically chosen communities to demonstrate that significant adoption of electric vehicles is possible in an environment in which regulatory policy, education, infrastructure, and other services come together in an integrated way. The current projects are Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and Drive Electric Orlando (DEO). SAFE and the EC have also initiated partnerships with some of the nation’s largest corporations to advance adoption of electric vehicles in commercial fleets.
Policy Research, Analysis and a Legislative Agenda
Despite political challenges, it is imperative to continue to push for comprehensive energy policy legislation. Political gridlock in Washington will continue to be an obstacle to substantive reforms. However, SAFE’s national and economic security credentials make it uniquely positioned to be the leading voice influencing energy policy, and it is imperative to lay the groundwork now to be ready for when the political environment is ripe. SAFE is also planning to create several policy initiatives in a number of states.
Mr. Kim L. Hunter
Office: 323.469.8680 ext 225
Greg De Benedictis
Special Projects Manager
Office: 323.469.8680 ext 230
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