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District Communications Specialist (District office) – Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY)

SUMMARY:

The District Communications Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of the District Communications Plan.  The District Communications Plan is a plan that enhances the directives of the Communications Director.  This includes, but is not limited to, public relations, marketing, and event planning.  The District Communications Specialist reports to the District Director and works to enhance the outreach and effectiveness of messaging and events attended by the Congressman.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

* Responsible for implementing the communication portion of the Sixth District Strategic Plan and the District Communications Plan;
* Creates and implements benchmarks of success related to media activity in district;
* Remains abreast of current legislative and non-legislative issues about which the Congressman may be questioned;
* Works with members of the non-Lexington and non-national media and only works with Lexington and national media at the request of   the Communication Director;
* Develops and implements events relating to media availability surrounding issues of importance to the Congressman;
* Identifies innovative ways to provide information to media and constituents in a cost-effective and efficient way;
* Works to create events and/or media hits relating to current events, holidays, month-long celebrations, and other pertinent issues relating to Kentucky and/or the 6th District;
* Strives to make constituents constantly aware of the Congressman’s accessibility throughout the 6th District and emphasizes event stops during District Work Weeks and on weekends.
* Provide feedback and assistance (when requested) for the Congressman’s newsletters and questionnaires;
* Oversees communications intern (when applicable) and ensures they have a quality internship experience;
* Meets attendance requirements as established by the office;
* Maintains a good working relationship with the Congressman, staff, media, and constituents;  o    Works well under pressure and handles stress;
* Accepts performance-based criticism and direction;
* Works a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends;
* Staffs the Congressman on media-related visits in the district;
* Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or a closely related field preferred, including strong academic credentials; and at least two years of congressional experience.  Alternatively, a minimum two of years of related communications experience or training is required.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

* Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
* Strong communication skills;
* Must be a team player, prepared to work with other members to ensure quality product;
* Maintains understanding of changing communication technology;
* Must work independently and be self-motivated;
* Understanding of print, broadcast, and online media;
* Thorough knowledge of the legislative process, procedures and organization of the House;
* Knowledge of current issues and events in which the Congressman is involved;
* Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the representation of the Congressman’s position on policy issues;
* Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;
* Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner;
* Knowledge of office policies, practices, and procedures;
* Knowledge of office computer applications; and
* Proficiency in word processing and social media.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to tyler.white@mail.house.gov. No phone calls please.

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