October 08, 2014

Job of the Week: Washington Post, Communications Coordinator

Washington PostThe Washington Post seeks an organized, energetic and detail-oriented Communications Coordinator to provide support to the Public Relations team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: event planning, research, report generating, database management, entry-level publicity, set up and producing TV and radio live shots, and telephone coverage. The right candidate must be able to anticipate project needs, take initiative, discern priorities and meet deadlines, and must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Candidate should understand event management, be able to provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional and be able to build strong internal and external relationships.

Required Skills:

- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

- Careful attention to detail with good follow-through.

- Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff, including helping to plan and execute events.

- Willingness to work at events after hours or to work extended hours when required; assist with managing on-site production and cleanup for events as necessary.

- Strategic thinker who can adapt and prioritize moment to moment.

- Customer service-focused; can easily establish rapport and develop credibility from internal employees and external business partners.

- Dynamic self-starter with strong decision making skills.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing, proof reading and speaking.

- Expertise with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.

Experience:

- Bachelor’s Degree - 0-3 years related experience

TO APPLY: Visit here.

**Interested candidates must attach cover letter with application. (WashingtonPost.com)


September 30, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Social Media and Communications Assistant (Washington, DC)

Carnegie Endowment logoThe Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented Social Media and Communications Assistant to join its communications team in Washington.

Primary responsibility will be to execute Carnegie’s day-to-day social media strategy, with a particular focus on Twitter and Facebook. Position will also assist with all aspects of communications including sending and proofing emails, updating Carnegie’s media and general contact databases, posting content to the website, preparing for events and meetings, and all other outreach efforts. 

Enthusiasm for social media is essential and an interest in global affairs is desirable. The ideal candidate should be organized with excellent attention to detail, possess strong computer skills, possess excellent writing and editing skills and be able to work independently to solve problems and complete projects quickly without sacrificing quality and accuracy. Knowledge of HTML and Dreamweaver a plus.

This is an exciting, entry-level opportunity for an energetic, goal-oriented person with a love of social media, communications, and international affairs.

TO APPLY: Please apply via the Carnegie Endowment website –

https://carnegieendowment.applicantpro.com/jobs/142919.html (Mediabistro)


September 29, 2014

Former McCain aide & Google Vet Hazelbaker Moves to Snapchat, Returning to U.S.

Jill HazelbakerPolitico’s “Daily Influence” highlighted a report in Re/code that Jill Hazelbaker has left Google to join Snapchat, to lead their communication and policy efforts.  She will relocate to the U.S.

Hazelbaker served as National Communications Director for the McCain presidential campaign from 2007-2008.

She served as Senior Advisor for Communications for the Bloomberg mayoral reelection campaign in 2009.

In January 2010, she joined Google, first at their Mountain View, CA headquarters as Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.  In April 2013, she moved into a different role overseeing Google’s product, corporate and internal communications across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while also leading Government Relations in the EU, overseeing a team of 100 people.

In 2014, Harvard Business Review called her the fastest rising executive in the Fortune 100.

She is a graduate of The University of Oregon.  (Re/code, PF reporting)


Ayotte Aide Grappone to Siemens

Jeff GrapponeJeff Grappone, Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and top aide since her 2010 campaign, has joined Siemens in their media relations department, based in Washington, DC.  The news was first reported in Politico’s “Playbook.”

Grappone previously served as Press Secretary to U.S. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) and on the legislative staff of U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH).  In 2008, he was a spokesman for the presidential campaigns of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-New York City).

He's a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Concord, NH.  (Politico “Playbook”)


September 23, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Washington Examiner, Social Media Strategist

                                          Washington Examiner

Overview

Seeking a dynamic, creative social media strategist for a pivotal role in the Washington Examiner’s digital first editorial team. The ideal candidate will be part strategist, evangelist and analyst. The ability to successfully leverage skills to engage with and educate our target audience on multiple social media platforms, as well as leverage social media to help achieve specific business and marketing goals is critical.

Responsibilities

Develop and refine social strategies and tactical social initiatives and campaigns in alignment with marketing objectives and target audiences

Create and manage social media editorial calendar to drive social activity around key messaging

Manage social media profiles across a variety of platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, Google+, etc. as well as our site

Write and curate content and create images optimized for engagement on social media profiles

Identify influencers and opportunities for engagement to drive meaningful dialogue, engagement and growth

Monitor the brand across social channels

Measure, analyze and report on outcomes based on engagement and growth

Research current trends in social media, and apply what you learn to social media efforts

Monitor, identify, interpret and capitalize on social media trends

Work with technology team to support social media asset development including social network pages, profiles, apps and widgets.

Requirements

Five+ years experience working in social media.

Deep understanding of the social landscape, proven competency across multiple platforms and experience managing social media pages with proven success.

Passion and enthusiasm for digital marketing.

Measurable examples of success in social media against business goals.

Fluency in social data, analytics and metrics.

Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Superb written and oral communication skills

Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

Ability to create high-quality work within short timeframes.

TO APPLY: To learn more and/or apply for this position, send cover note and resume to Cristina Giroux at Cgiroux@mediadc.com.  (PF tipster)


September 10, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Brookings Institution, Communications Officer (Washington, DC)

BrookingsBrookings seeks to fill the position Communications Officer in the Metropolitan Policy Program.

Basic Function

The Communications Officer, in close collaboration with and under the supervision of the Associate Director of Communications, is responsible for developing and implementing effective communications strategies that increase the visibility of the work, impact, and brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and its Vice President. Facilitate and maintain relationships with journalists for the Vice President and other senior researchers within the program. Prepare the Vice President for media appearances, staff the Vice President, and serve as a key advisor to the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and others on communications-related activities. Implement digital media strategies, including social media that will ensure the Vice President and MPP program are using innovative tools to reach key audiences and support overall goals related to program visibility and impact. Work closely with the Central Communications department, ensuring that efforts to elevate the work of the program are coordinated.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • 70% Media Relations
    • With MPP leadership and the Associate Director of Communications, develop and implement strategy to maximize impact of media outreach efforts to elevate the work, the impact, and the brand of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
      Develop and cultivate relationships with targeted media, working closely with the Associate Director of Communications, the Vice President, his Chief of Staff, and other scholars as warranted.
    • Pitch story ideas to reporters, editors, and producers. 
    • Work with reporters on their story ideas related to MPP priorities. 
    • Maintain thorough familiarity with key reporters, their beats, and what they are writing about in order to pitch them effectively.
    • Support Vice President in his efforts to maintain meaningful contact with reporters, editors, and producers.
    • Use knowledge of current events, MPP’s research, and Vice President’s interests to prepare Vice President for interviews and other media appearances.
    • Develop system to effectively track media outreach efforts. 
    • Write or oversee the writing of press advisories and releases, op-eds, blog posts, fact sheets and other materials used for public dissemination.
    • Develop background materials, briefings, Q and As, talking points, media analysis and other collateral material.
    • Support and assist with media training for MPP spokespersons as well as p-artners/ spokespersons outside of Brookings.
    • 20% Digital Media and Media Infrastructure
      • Manage digital media, including social media efforts for the Vice President. 
        Serve as resource on the latest in digital technology that could be incorporated into MPP’s communications efforts, advising other MPP researchers on effective new and social media tools.
      • Work in partnership with MPP communications staff to ensure that media-related materials are posted to the website in a timely manner.
      • Coordinate and serve as a contact for media efforts as appropriate with BI media relations team.
      • 10% Management
        • Assist with managing other members of Media Relations team, particularly staffers working on projects related to the office of the Vice President.
        • Assist in the management of relationships with key Metro Program partners. 
        • Serve as back up for Associate Director of Communications when needed. 

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

Knowledge Requirements

Ability to foster creative ideas to help increase media coverage and create new opportunities for outreach and dissemination of MPP reports and research. Strong writing and editing skills; strong multi-tasking skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Can determine newsworthiness of key research and is able to track and respond to broad trends in media coverage. Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research; good organizational and strong interpersonal skills; and comfort working with a small team (5-member staff). An interest and familiarity with important urban and metropolitan issues and trends preferred.

Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in economics, political science, public policy or liberal arts; background in the field of public relations. At least six years’ experience in communications and/or media relations with extensive media contacts. Non-profit and/or agency experience preferable, but not required. Ability to speak knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, key and high level partners including state, local and federal policy makers and broad general audience. Experience working in digital communications preferred.

TO APPLY: Click here.  (Mediabistro)


September 08, 2014

DCI Group adds Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies

Suzanne ZurnStrategic public affairs and global issues firm DCI Group announced their recent hire of Suzanne Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies.

Zurn brings 20 years of experience using digital and social media to identify, recruit and engage stakeholders on public policy issues.

Zurn joins DCI Group as the firm continues to expand its digital practice. Zurn and Mark Szalay, Vice President of Technology, will head up DCI Group’s growing technology and digital offerings, moving client thinking past traditional public relations channels and generating powerful online grassroots and media campaigns.

Over the past two decades, Zurn has developed an expertise in public affairs campaigns through positions spanning the advocacy, agency and political communities. Zurn comes to DCI Group from The Prosper Group where she was general manager. Zurn’s digital campaigns have earned her many accolades including a Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for best nonprofit public affairs campaign. She currently co-teaches the Digital Strategy course at the GWU Graduate School of Political Management and is a former board member at Women in Government Relations.

Zurn earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, and graduated cum laude from Washburn University with a bachelor’s in political science and communications. (PF tipster)


September 04, 2014

Claffey Leaves Sen. Chambliss for House Homeland Security Committee

Lauren ClaffeyLauren Claffey, the Communications Director for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is leaving his office after five years to become Communications Director for the House Homeland Security Committee under chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Claffey has been replaced in Sen. Chambliss’ office by “fellow Georgian” Virginia Dent.

Claffey got her start interning for Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) and in the press office of U.S. Sen. Jonny Isakson (R-GA), before working her way up from Deputy Press Secretary to press Secretary to Communications Director for Sen. Chambliss.

Claffey is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia and has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University.  (PF reporting)


September 02, 2014

Sen. Paul’s Flack Bagley Smith Named Communications Director for House Majority Whip Scalise

Moira Bagley SmithHouse Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) today announced that Moira Bagley Smith has joined the leadership office as Communications Director.

She most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) since his election to Congress.

Prior to her tenure with Sen. Paul, Moira began her career in DC at Roll Call Newspaper before working for the Republican National Committee and subsequently, The Daily Caller.

She is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky.  (PF tipster)


Romney, Giuliani Alum Alcivar Named Communications Director for Stefanik

Lenny AlcivarTime Warner Cable News – New York reports that Lenny Alcivar has joined Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY) congressional campaign in the North Country as Communications Director.

Alcivar previously served as director of Romney’s 2012 digital rapid response unit and was most recently worked as a Senior Vice President, Public Relations at Hynes Communications.

He also worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of Gabriel Gomez (R-MA) and in the second Bush administration in Washington and the Giuliani administration in New York City.

Alcivar is a native of New York City and a graduate of Kenyon College.  (TWC-New York)


September 01, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury Public Affairs, Director / Vice President, Public Relations (Washington, DC)

Mercury logoPosition: Director / Vice President – Public Relations, International Division

Description: Mercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a sharp, driven, team-oriented strategist for its international team in the public relations division. The position will center on issues management and overarching strategy and messaging development as well as pitching press for all international clients.

The ideal candidate should be able to:

-Oversee multiple existing client accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-Develop connections with key media and other influencers

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable regarding:

-Traditional and digital public relations

-Project management, including the creation and execution of communications plans

-International relations and current foreign policy issues

-Experience pitching press

The ideal candidate should have:

-5-8 years of professional experience, particularly work in an agency setting

-A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism political science or international relations. Master’s degree in related field is a plus.

-An outgoing, outsized personality, with the desire to constantly build upon existing and create new relationships with media and secure media placements

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, federal government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to internationaljobs14@gmail.com.  Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)


August 25, 2014

Former Cantor Press Secretary Whittemore Joins Perdue’s U.S. Senate campaign

Megan WhittemoreRoll Call’s Kyle Trygstad reports that Megan Whittemore has joined the David Perdue for U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia as Communications Director.

Whittemore was previously Press Secretary for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).  She served on Capitol Hill for nearly five years.  She got her start as a research producer at Fox News for Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Whittemore is a graduate of The George Washington University and a native of Middletown, NJ.  (Roll Call)


August 24, 2014

Kirby Departs Hastings’ Office for IPAA

Neal KirbyNeal Kirby, Press Secretary for Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced he is leaving after five and a half years to become Manager of Public Affairs and Communications at the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).

He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Mandeville, LA. (PF tipster)


August 21, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Blue Engine Message & Media, Writer / Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)

Blue Engine Message & Media logoBlue Engine Message & Media is seeking a talented writer and communications strategist to join the team servicing a growing and dynamic stable of clients.  Primarily, candidates applying for this position must demonstrate a talent for writing short form and long form products, writing for digital and traditional platforms, and writing quickly, efficiently, and succinctly on a wide variety of topics. Candidates should be accustomed to periods of intense activity, tight deadlines and pressure situations.  Candidates should have the skills to interface with multiple clients and manage projects simultaneously. Previous campaign experience, Capitol Hill experience or agency experience welcome. 

 Qualifications: 

  • At least two years of communications or public relations experience
  • Significant media relations experience with proven results and experience working with reporters
  • Familiarity with the professional use of digital media channels
  • Results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile for clients
  • Experience developing and editing high-quality written materials

Blue Engine Message & Media specializes in strategic public affairs communications, reputation management and crisis communications for corporate, non-profit and industry advocacy clients.  All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to info@blueenginemedia.com.  (PF tipster)


August 06, 2014

Frischmann Joins Microsoft in DC as Senior P.R. Manager

Kate Cyrul FrischmannKate Cyrul Frischmann has joined Microsoft’s Washington, DC office this week as Senior Public Relations Manager.  She is based at Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center in downtown DC.

Kate has spent the majority of her 14-year career on Capitol Hill, where she devised and implemented media strategies for senior Members of Congress on legislative and campaign initiatives. In her new position, Kate will focus on telling Microsoft’s story to U.S. government and public policy audiences.

Kate joins Microsoft from the office of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), where she has served as Communications Director for the past five years.  Prior to her time with Sen. Harkin, Kate was the Communications Director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

A native of Connecticut, Kate is a graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and young son.  (PF tipster)


August 04, 2014

House Majority Whip Announces Two Members of Communications Staff

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced two members of his communications staff for the ofice of the Majority Whip and his personal office.  Scalise became House Majority Whip on July 31st. 

TJ Tatum, Deputy Communications Director: TJ joins the Office of the Majority Whip after most recently serving as the Communications Director to both the Republican Study Committee and Rep. Scalise in his personal office.  He came to Team Scalise from the office of Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and began his career on Capitol Hill with former Rep. Quico Canseco (R-TX).  TJ is a graduate of Boston College.

Office of the First District of Louisiana

Erika McManus, Press Secretary:  A native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Louisiana State University, Erika joined the office of Rep. Scalise and the Republican Study Committee as Deputy Communications Director.  Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Erika worked for FOX News Channel in the D.C. Bureau.  Erika also received her MBA from LSU.  (PF tipster)


DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Coordinator, Media Relations, Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago, IL)

Chicago Blackhawks logoThe Chicago Blackhawks are currently looking for a Media Relations Coordinator with strong media contacts in the Chicagoland area and a solid knowledge of the game of hockey.

General Responsibilities:

Assist media relations efforts by creating and producing effective off-ice media interest in human interest stories and team initiatives with community relations, tickets, youth hockey and corporate sponsorships, while also coordinating the department’s day to day on-ice media responsibilities.

Specific Duties:

  • Assist the Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations as well as the Director, Public Relations with all media related responsibilities.
  • Write and distribute press releases and media advisories for all on-ice and off-ice activities, including games, ticket sales, marketing, corporate sponsorship, youth hockey, community relations.
  • Manage media servicing, including press lounge on practice and game days, and press box on game nights.
  • Manage credentialing operations for all Blackhawks events, including but not limited to practices, games, Prospect Camp and Blackhawks Convention.
  • Track media coverage of all Blackhawks events and announcements through daily news clippings (distributed to front office staff electronically) and news clippings archive.
  • Compose media notes for all games (home and away) and produce/distribute Blackhawks Gameday document on game days.
  • Coordinate all hockey information services for media including daily maintenance of the Blackhawks media website and distribution of hard copies of statistics/news clippings/game notes on practice and game days.
  • Assist with story ideas of both traditional and non-traditional/human interest stories to media contacts.
  • Manage media for public appearances by Blackhawks players/coaches/executives, both in advance of the event and on-site at the event.
  • Manage full-time and game night interns for the Media & Public Relations department.
  • Manage television/radio broadcast recaps for each game.
  • Some travel will be necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Yes/No- I currently reside in the Chicagoland area.

2. Yes/No- I have experience in media relations within a hockey environment

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


July 28, 2014

BRT Promotes Boulanger to Senior Vice President of Communications

Business Roundtable LogoBusiness Roundtable President John Engler announced that Jessica Boulanger has been named Senior Vice President of Communications. Boulanger joined the Roundtable in October 2012 as Vice President of Communications.

In her new role, Boulanger will lead all of the Business Roundtable communications strategy, including directing the association’s media relations, digital outreach, advertising and member communications efforts.

Since joining Business Roundtable, Boulanger has been integral in advancing the Roundtable’s campaign for comprehensive tax reform, has positioned the Roundtable as a leader on immigration reform, and led communications for workforce and education issues at the state and national levels. She has also shaped the association’s digital media strategy and oversaw the redesign of its website.

Before joining Business Roundtable, Boulanger served for four years as vice president at New Media Strategies, a Washington, DC-based online marketing firm, where she worked to integrate digital strategy into public affairs campaigns for some of the nation’s leading industries. Prior to that, Boulanger worked on Capitol Hill for House Republican leaders, including four years as press secretary to then-House Majority Whip, now Senator, Roy Blunt (R-MO) and stints in the press shops of then-Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX).

Her experience also includes communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, a regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee, and head of communications for Progress for America. Earlier in her career, Boulanger worked at Prism Public Affairs and Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery in New York City. Boulanger earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.  (PF tipster)


July 17, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: First Book, Communications Director (Washington, DC)

First Book logoDo you have a private sector head and a public sector heart?  First Book is looking for a Communications Director to help lead First Book’s marketing and communications efforts, working with multiple departments to develop and execute communications strategies that support outreach to educators and nonprofit networks, corporate partnerships, fundraising campaigns and volunteer outreach. The Communications Director provides day-to-day leadership and guidance for the communications team, working with the Vice President of Communications and First Book’s executive leadership team. 

The Communications Director also helps manage and oversee First Book’s brand and identity, ensuring that copy, print collateral, websites and outbound communications are consistent, effective and appropriately reflect the organization’s growing mission.

A primary duty of the Communications Director is media outreach: developing and executing successful pitch strategies to press, particularly business, publishing and education media outlets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The Communications Director will:

  • Work closely with the communications staff to create and manage marketing and communications efforts that support First Book’s partnership and program teams
  • Develop a successful media outreach strategy and secure regular, high-profile placement in business, general interest and trade press
  • Coordinate communications projects with partners and vendors
  • Oversee email marketing and social media programs with clear conversion goals
  • Provide writing and editing support for outbound member and partner communications, including promotional materials, web content, newsletters and other materials
  • Participate in working groups to plan, coordinate and execute original communications products and publications related to special events, programs and other outreach
  • Develop content; reviews and edits drafts of correspondence, reports, and brochures for mass distribution; draft communications pieces for distribution to members, prospects, the general public, volunteer support groups, corporate partners and special interest groups
  • Track media coverage 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including writing and editing effective, compelling copy for a wide variety of channels and audiences
  • Ability to perform quality work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently
  • Knowledge of media relations and public relations strategies
  • Knowledge of effective branding and marketing strategies
  • Experience with the strategic integration of social media in communications plans
  • Demonstrated ability to hire, mentor and motivate staff
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues on various teams, across different levels of seniority
  • A strong working knowledge of graphic design, web design, email marketing and social media
  • A commitment to social justice

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: 

  • Seven or more years of experience in communications and marketing
  • Three or more years in a supervisory role
  • Various technical skills are strongly preferred: online content management, basic web coding, graphic design and layout, and desktop publishing  

A bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications, or a related field is required

TO APPLY: Click here.  (PF tipster)


June 17, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: AFL-CIO, State Communications Director

AFL-CIO logoOVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Communications Department carries the voice of America’s working families to the media, to leaders and to the general public through earned and social media, online platforms and other communications vehicles.

The State Communications Director will be responsible for the strategic direction of the department, specifically including but not limited to:

  • Leading strategy for field communications at the national and state levels and building communications capacity in the field, developing programs and trainings on national message and communications approaches;
  • Managing and developing field communications and state communications staff;
  • Managing the development of training and booking of worker spokespeople;
  • Helping develop message strategy and cohesion for the AFL-CIO with allies, and affiliates and represent the AFL-CIO among allies and other organizations for the Communications department.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Expectations

  1. Develop and implement plans for unions to reconnect with and win higher approval from key public audiences through a robust communications strategy using the full range of media in states across the country;
  2. Oversee field communications staff in developing messages and communications support for repositioning unions, bargaining and organizing campaigns, state battles, political and legislative campaigns as well as other programs and mobilization
  3. Oversee the writing and execution of news releases and toolkits and the development and placement of op-eds;
  4. Develop and oversee national communications trainings that can be replicated across the country;
  5. Proactively identify opportunities for message cohesion opportunities among affiliates and allies;
  6. Manage and develop the  field communications staff and a network of communicators across the country;
  7. Train and lead staff at varying levels;
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Liaison

  1. Work with communicators at the affiliate, state and local levels to plan media events, coordinate consistent message delivery and provide communications support for activities of the labor movement at every level.
  2. Work with communicators at allied organizations and with elected leaders and activists on media and communications strategy around joint efforts and initiatives.
  3. Work with the Campaigns, Political, Organizing and other departments as needed to ensure the delivery of communications support.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related field required.
  • Minimum of five to six years performing pro-active media outreach and communications.
  • Experience with advocacy organizations a plus.
  • Familiarity of labor movement required, with labor movement experience preferred.
  • Excellent leadership skills including experience managing or leading a staff team.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Superior writing skills including experience writing Op-Eds, press releases, fact sheets and other media related materials.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to social justice.
  • Flexibility to travel as required in performance of duties.
  • Ability to work long and extended hours including on weekends.

TO APPLY: http://aflcio.hirecentric.com/jobs/ (PF tipster)

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