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Assistant Director – House Press Gallery

The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff.  The CAO organization comprises more than 600 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director works as a non-partisan employee of the House, providing access and information about Congress to credentialed members of the daily press corps.  This employee is responsible for delivering a variety of administrative services that facilitate media coverage of the House by the daily print and online media.  Work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Gallery Director.  The position does not have day-to-day supervisory/managerial responsibilities.

Major duties:

1. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of legislative activity on the House floor, including scheduling information, parliamentary procedures
2. Identifies and disseminates legislative information to members of the media using distribution lists
3. Creates and maintains a log of House floor proceedings and keeps computer database of House floor actions up to date
4. Maintains the gallery’s website with information that is relevant and reflects the current news environment
5. Monitors and tracks hearing coverage and provide on-site support when needed
6. Establishes and maintains contacts with committee staffs regarding legislative schedule and activity
7. Coordinates logistics for a variety of special events such as congressional gold medal ceremonies, Joint Meetings, Joint Sessions, and the Presidential Inauguration
8. Assists Director with planning and implementing logistics for the national political conventions
9. Creates and manages extensive legislative, historical and statistical files
10. Assists in reviewing press membership applications and maintain membership data files
11. Develops and fosters relationships with credentialed members of the media
12. Attends key news events and briefings and, where needed, use social media to disseminate important information
13. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field with a minimum of three (3) to six (6) years news media experience; minimum of two (2) specific experience in journalism/ communications.

Capitol Hill news media experience strongly preferred.

– Proficient knowledge and understanding of legislative process
– Proficient knowledge of House operations
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Ability to handle competing interests, personalities and job duties simultaneously with a high degree of professionalism
– Willingness to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, as required
– Proficiency in Word, Excel and database systems such as CRM
– Skills in web design and development using HTML, proficiency in Photoshop and other digital platforms desired
– Self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

Applicant Instructions:

Qualified candidates please submit your resume HERE (reference vacancy announcement# MG-002-16).  If you are unable to submit your resume online, please fax a cover letter and resume (reference announcement # MG-002-16) to 202-226-7514

For information concerning the CAO’s collection of personal information, please see http://cao.house.gov/privacy.

Hiring for this position is governed by the Veteran’s Employment Opportunities Act.  Applicants seeking veterans’ preference consideration should contact a CAO Human Resources representative at CAOHumanResources@mail.house.gov for further information.
Disclaimer:

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, or age.

Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).

Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C app§ 101 et seq.) requires certain House employees, to file Financial Disclosure Statements, for information please visit http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/index.aspx.

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