Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Communications Director - Washington State Senate Republican Caucus - Closing Date: August 31, 2015

 Create and execute a media plan framing issues for Majority Coalition & Republican
senators and their constituents.
 Manage message development and press outreach tailored to the unique voice and district
of each senator.
 Explore and implement new communications technologies and strategies.
 Coordinate senators’ radio, video, online and print media presence.
 Manage a staff of up to 8.
 Work with senators and their policy staff to shape and communicate policies.
 Work directly with caucus leadership and chief of staff to engage the public on the
legislative issues of the day.
 Understand the legislative process and have experience working in a political
 Work under the pressure and time constraints of a legislative session. Be calm in a crisis, with great instincts. Be able to make decisions quickly and deal with conflicting and fast-changing demands on time and skills. Thrive under deadlines with quick turnaround.
 Possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills for both press and constituent
 Understanding of radio, online and print media; ability to keep up with new and
developing media technologies.
 Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity with WordPress,
Twitter and Facebook.
 Excellent detail-oriented project management.
 Develop and maintain a good working relationship with members of the Capitol press
 Experience supervising professional staff with ability to create a supportive and positive
work environment.
 Able to frame complex political issues into a coherent and simple message.
 Handy with a sound bite and good marketing sense. Can craft effective messages, slogans
and tactics that clarify policy points.
 Excellent political and strategic judgment.
 Ability to work as a team within senior staff.
 Degree in journalism, public relations, communications or related field.
 Ten years of professional journalism or public relations experience.  Experience working in a political environment.
This full-time position includes vacation, sick leave, paid state holidays, retirement, social security, health, life and other optional insurance. Salary depends upon qualifications and experience.
Please submit by August 31, 2015
1. Your resume
2. A letter of interest responding to items in this announcement
3. A list of references with current phone numbers
4. Recent samples of your writing (2 to 3 brief examples)
Judy Rogers-LaVigne
PO Box 40462 Olympia, WA 98504 judy.rogers-lavigne@leg.wa.gov
Questions? Call 360-786-7038
The Washington State Senate is an Equal Opportunity Employer.