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Communications Director – Florida House Democrat

Florida Democratic Member of Congress seeks applicants for the office’s Communications Director. You would manage and coordinate all communications activities, including media contacts, for the Member. You would report directly to the Chief of Staff.

DUTIES:

• serves as the spokesperson and media liaison for the Member;
• develops and implements media and communications strategy for the Member;
• writes press releases, talking points and manages social media;
• coordinates day-to-day press operations, handles interview requests and proactively contacts media;
• works collaboratively with both DC and district staff on day-to-day press and in district press events and speaking engagements;
• remains abreast of current legislative and non-legislative issues about which the Member may be questioned;
• evaluates current events and media reports in the district and the nation for their impact on the Member;
• provides ideas and advice on the effect in the media of the Member’s actions and legislative activities;
• manages a press assistant / speechwriter and;
• performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• at least 4 years of congressional and/or press experience;
• previous on-the-record experience;
• strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
• strong oral communication skills;
• understanding of print and broadcast media;
• thorough knowledge of legislative process;
• knowledge of current issues and events in which the Member is involved;
• ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the representation of the Member’s positions on policy issues;
• availability to work long hours;
• ability to work well under pressure; and
• ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others.

Florida ties are a plus. Anticipate occasional travel to the district and occasional late nights. Please send a resume, cover letter and three writing samples with “Communications Director” in the subject line to: FLJobOpening@mail.house.gov by COB Friday August 15, 2014.

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