Communications Director

Head up the flow of information within a company and out into the public.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$67,000 – $128,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Communications Directors do?

A Communications Director understands the “big picture” of business communication and is responsible for planning how marketing, public relations and employee messages are shared with various audiences. As lead decision-maker and company Spokesperson, the Communications Director controls how information moves from the boss’ office out into hallways and onto Main Street.

If you’re a Communications Director, you’re the inspired mind behind advertising campaigns and public events that are executed by your PR and marketing staff. No form of company information goes out of the building without your final approval and no event, no matter how special, goes over budget. When your business is ready to announce big news, you’ll be the one behind the podium fielding questions like an All Star first baseman.

This is a lot of responsibility, and you need to stay on your toes. You don’t go on vacation without leaving your assistant a detailed itinerary of where you’ll be when. The unexpected is an expected part of your workday. And even if spreadsheets make you yawn, you’ll put your nose to the grindstone when it’s time to figure out next year’s expenses.

If you have proven business communication skills and a background in management, you already have most of the ingredients needed to land a Director of Communications job. Add your experience working with Graphic Designers then sprinkle in your exceptional writing samples to create the perfectly seasoned resume.

Should I be a Communications Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Chief Communications Officer, Community Relations Director, Director of Communications, Director of Information See More

    How to become a Communications Director

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