Tor Project is hiring for a Director of Strategic Communications

Tor Project mission is to advance human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, supporting their unrestricted availability and use, and furthering their scientific and popular understanding.

Job details




$90,000 USD per year

Hours of work

Full time



Strategy and Other Responsibilities

  • Create and execute multi-channel communications strategy. Serve as project manager for all communications programs, ensuring timelines and deliverable expectations are met.
  • Ensure continuity of the brand story through tone, voice, accuracy, consistency, and quality.
  • Maintain our stories database: Identify and collect stories from various sources that effectively communicate Tor’s impact and its importance.
  • Report on the impact and effectiveness of communications activities to leadership.
  • General writing and editing responsibilities as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Press, Media, and Conferences Representation

  • Represent The Tor Project to the press; Write press releases, handle press calls, and distribute media calls to appropriate members of The Tor Project.
  • Manage the Tor Project’s media contacts.
  • Train staff and community members on media skills and strategy on a per need basis; coach/prep/debrief people for specific media calls.
  • Maintain the press section of the website. Collect, organize, and post the Tor
  • Project’s press clippings to the website.
  • Coordinate speaking opportunities and conferences for Tor Project staff and community members.
  • Maintain the Tor Project’s website calendar of speaking engagements.

The Tor Project Communication Channels

  • Manage the Tor Project’s social media presence. Work with stakeholders (Community Team
  • Lead, Fundraising Director and Applications Product Manager) to develop content for the Tor’s social media efforts.
  • Publish the Tor Project’s monthly newsletter.
  • Maintain the Tor Project’s Annual Report and other information pieces distributed at conferences and talks.
  • Organize online events such as Privchat and State of the Onion.
  • Internal Communications: support our Project Manager in organizing and communications for weekly All Hands meetings.

Preferred Qualifications And Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent comparable/relevant experience) in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of 5 – 7 years of progressive experience in Communications, including strategic communications leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated success developing and executing communications strategies and messaging across various media and channels.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements.
  • Demonstrated experience with complex and high profile social media engagement.
  • Comfortable with highly technical topics and ability to explain them clearly and accurately to non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and editing skills in English; fluency in other languages is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience with issue management, including media crisis management, and proven success in driving more advantageous coverage of the organization, its projects, and its people.
  • Strong project management skills with high attention to detail
  • Strong generalist understanding of the basic mechanics of how the Internet works, as well as issues related to privacy, security, censorship, and surveillance.
  • Must have an action-oriented and proactive working style
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Tor Project’s mission and the wider Internet Freedom movement.