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P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
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Communications Director

Office: Democratic Central

Caucus: Democratic

Description:The Michigan House Democratic Caucus is seeking a highly-experienced Communications Director to lead its communications department for the Caucus and its members, primarily by developing and implementing strategic, proactive and integrated communications programs that provides consistent, effective communications for constituents, stakeholders, colleagues, the general public and the media.

 

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to provide strategic direction, effectively lead a professional communications team and collaborate with senior staff and elected leaders, colleagues and other staff members. Additionally, the Communications Director will be committed to building a best-in-class, diverse and cohesive team to accomplish the desired outcomes.

 

This position is based in Lansing, Michigan, reports to the Chief of Staff and provides the opportunity to engage directly with policymakers, influencers and key leaders in the government, nonprofit, community, civic and business sectors throughout the state and across the country.

 

Job Responsibilities:

 

  • Manages and directs all House Democratic Caucus communications efforts, as well as a diverse team of communications professionals;
  • Leads message development and fosters consistent messaging for the House Democratic Caucus;
  • Coordinates with legal counsel, policy director, other senior staff and Democratic leadership as appropriate;
  • Oversees multimedia channels of the Caucus, including social media, newsletters for members and the Caucus website;
  • Leads crisis communications and rapid response on behalf of the Caucus;
  • Communications department staff report to director, as does the press secretary.

Salary Range: $70,000 - $90,000

Minimum Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who excel in building and managing teams, have the ability to solve problems and think strategically, and who can identify creative mechanisms for communicating in a rapidly changing media environment. As the Communications Director, you should have:

 

  • Strategic acumen;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Proven track record in message development;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Proven track record of creativity and success in communications;
  • Ability to manage and lead a diverse team of communications professionals;
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with a diverse staff and Caucus members;
  • Knowledge of government, the legislative process and understanding of policy development;
  • Strong media relationships and proven ability to build new relationships with media;
  • Proven track record in leading or driving digital and online communications;
  • Ability to manage complex communications projects from legislative mailings to town halls;
  • Experience in crisis management and/or rapid-response activities.
  • Prior journalism experience a plus

Additional qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or equivalent experience in the industry. Five to eight years of strategic communications or equivalent experience.

 


Deadline: Until Filled

Contact Information: Please send resume and cover letter to:

Michigan House of Representatives
Human Resources
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Or via email to: HumanResources@house.mi.gov

The Michigan House of Representatives accepts resumes for employment only for current position vacancies. Information regarding current position vacancies at the Michigan House of Representatives can also be accessed online at www.house.mi.gov. The position is a non-civil service appointment to state government. All employees of the Michigan House of Representatives are considered "at will".

The Michigan House of Representatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Michigan law prohibits discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, disability and other categories protected by law. If an accommodation is needed during the application process, please contact the House Human Resources Office at (517) 373-3069. An individual needing accommodations must notify the employer in writing, within 182 days after the need is known. Persons denied equal opportunity based on these conditions may file a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

E-mail: Human Resources