Director, Communications

Grammarly

Grammarly

Marketing & Communications
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Grammarly is excited to offer a remote-first hybrid working model. Team members work primarily remotely in the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, or Poland. Certain roles have specific location requirements to facilitate collaboration at a particular Grammarly hub.

All roles have an in-person component: Conditions permitting, teams meet 2–4 weeks every quarter at one of Grammarly’s hubs in San Francisco, Kyiv, New York, Vancouver, and Berlin, or in a workspace in Kraków. This flexible approach gives team members the best of both worlds: plenty of focus time along with in-person collaboration that fosters trust and unlocks creativity.

Grammarly team members in this role will collaborate in person 4 weeks per quarter, traveling if necessary to different hubs. They are required to live within a commutable distance of their home hub of San Francisco. Grammarly may provide relocation assistance.

The opportunity


Grammarly is the world’s leading AI writing assistance company, trusted by over 30 million people and 70,000 professional teams every day. From instantly creating a first draft to perfecting every message, Grammarly’s product offerings help people at 96% of the Fortune 500 get their point across—and get results. Grammarly has been profitable for over a decade because we’ve stayed true to our values and built an enterprise-grade product that’s secure, reliable, and helps people do their best work—without selling their data. We’re proud to be one of Inc.’s best workplaces, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies, and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in AI.

We are recruiting a Director of Communications who will transform Grammarly’s external media presence. This role will report directly to our VP of Communications and encompass a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including media relations, public relations, social media, executive thought leadership, and crisis communications.

The ideal candidate for the Director of Communications role is an expert storyteller with a proven track record in delivering impactful results through strategic communications and media relations. This leader must be an experienced, hands-on operational manager who can effectively execute against business objectives while developing a team of communications professionals. They should be comfortable navigating a fast-paced and scaling environment and adept at harnessing a highly dynamic external media environment to Grammarly’s advantage.

Your impact

As the Director of Communications, you will be responsible for developing the external communications strategy to drive awareness for Grammarly as the leader in the rapidly evolving AI communications space. This role reports to Grammarly’s Vice President of Communications and will be a key thought partner to Grammarly’s executive team.

In this role, you will:

  • Formulate and execute a comprehensive external communications strategy that accentuates Grammarly's market presence and cements its B2C/B2B leadership position in the AI communications space.
  • Spearhead media relations, crafting and propagating our story through top-tier coverage, media briefings, and relationships with journalists.
  • Lead dynamic PR and social media campaigns that effectively communicate Grammarly’s unique company story, the value of our product, and the innovation of our approach, spanning both B2C and B2B domains.
  • Drive executive thought leadership narrative across earned and owned media and social.
  • Collaborate closely with Marketing, Product, and Executive teams to ensure impactful results and brand consistency.
  • Navigate crisis communications, preparing and executing plans that safeguard and reinforce the brand's integrity.
  • Mentor and develop a team dedicated to external communications, fostering creativity and operational excellence.
  • Manage our external PR agencies and set a high bar for success.

We’re looking for someone who

  • Is a highly capable leader, embodying our EAGER values—ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable.
  • Commitment to our MOVE principles, emphasizing customer value, impact, agility, and positive, trust-based disagreements.
  • Has readiness to engage with the team in person in San Francisco and potentially other hubs for up to 4 weeks per quarter.
  • Has at least 10+ years of experience in a communications role, with a proven track record at dynamic private or public companies, particularly those navigating periods of significant growth.
  • Demonstrates expertise in crafting and executing external communication strategies that resonate, engage, and deliver outsize results.
  • Is a hands-on leader who encourages peak performance.
  • Strong existing relationships with media and a knack for engaging with journalists to elevate company visibility.
  • Has analytical acumen with a deep understanding of the tech, security, or AI landscapes.
  • Is a strategic thinker who is also an execution powerhouse, adept at turning complex concepts into clear, impactful narratives.
  • Demonstrates outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has executive communications experience and private-to-public communications experience are strongly preferred.

Support for you, professionally and personally

  • Professional growth: We believe that autonomy and trust are key to empowering our team members to do their best, most innovative work in a way that aligns with their interests, talents, and well-being. We support professional development and advancement with training, coaching, and regular feedback.
  • A connected team: Grammarly builds a product that helps people connect, and we apply this mindset to our own team. Our remote-first hybrid model enables a highly collaborative culture supported by our EAGER (ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable) values. We work to foster belonging among team members in a variety of ways. This includes our employee resource groups, Grammarly Circles, which promote connection among those with shared identities, such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ team members, women, and parents. We also celebrate our colleagues and accomplishments with global, local, and team-specific programs.

Compensation and benefits

Grammarly offers all team members competitive pay along with a benefits package encompassing the following and more:

  • Excellent health care (including a wide range of medical, dental, vision, mental health, and fertility benefits)
  • Disability and life insurance options401(k) matching (US only)
  • Paid parental leave
  • Twenty days of paid time off per year, eleven days of paid holidays per year, and unlimited sick days
  • Home office stipends
  • Caregiver and pet care stipends
  • Wellness stipends
  • Admission discounts
  • Learning and development opportunities

Grammarly takes a market-based approach to compensation, which means base pay may vary depending on your location. Our US and Canada locations are categorized into compensation zones based on each geographic region’s cost of labor index. For more information about our compensation zones and locations where we currently support employment, please refer to this page.

Base pay may vary considerably depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The expected salary ranges for this San Francisco-based position are outlined below and may be modified in the future.

San Francisco:
Zone 1: $242,000 - $334,000 /year (USD)

We encourage you to apply

At Grammarly, we value our differences, and we encourage all—especially those whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in tech organizations—to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, political belief, or any other characteristic protected by law. Grammarly is an equal opportunity employer and a participant in the US federal E-Verify program (US). We also abide by the Employment Equity Act (Canada).

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All team members meeting in person for official Grammarly business or working from a hub location are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.