Job Description – Communications Director
The Office of U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, seeks an experienced, creative, and highly motivated Communications Director to lead media and strategy efforts in her fast-paced Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA offices.
An ideal candidate will:
Possess strong written and oral communications skills and the ability to multitask while thriving in a fast-paced setting under tight deadlines;
Have experience working directly with local and national reporters, bookers, and other members of the media to proactively pitch stories and respond to inquiries;
Think strategically and creatively while designing, implementing, and evaluating both short and long-term communications plans in addition to leading rapid response efforts;
Have a proven track record of writing in the voice of a principal (op-eds, speeches, statements, messaging, talking points, digital content, etc.) and explaining policy issues in ways that people can easily understand;
Know how to operate directly with a principal and collaboratively across departments while demonstrating experience managing a team;
Understand the digital media landscape and current digital trends, with experience overseeing a digital program;
Have a strong record of advocating for progressive values;
Be willing to staff the Congresswoman for press, and work weekends and irregular hours.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Developing and executing the office’s communications strategy for Capitol Hill and Seattle, including national and local press, messaging, writing, events, and digital;
Working directly with the Congresswoman to prepare and staff her for interviews, speeches, press conferences, public events, roundtables, and other opportunities;
Building and sustaining strong relationships with local and national reporters (including Capitol Hill reporters, local reporters, and issue-specific reporters at national outlets), editors, columnists, producers, bookers, and advocacy groups;
Proactively and strategically engaging in media outreach, including pitching reporters while also fielding and responding to press inquiries at the local and national levels;
Serving as the spokesperson (on the record, on background, and off the record) for the Congresswoman;
Drafting written materials including press statements, quotes, speeches, remarks, op-eds, press releases and advisories, and talking points;
Designing creative plans to effectively roll out legislation, letters, and other policy initiatives that include press components, and events;
Overseeing a robust, aggressive, engaging, and data-driven online communications program;
Supervising and partnering with the Digital Manager, who manages all digital and online content, to maintain strategic messaging across official channels while collaborating with Progressive Caucus staff;
Working collaboratively with the District Office to ensure a consistently strong local/state media presence while collaborating with the legislative team on a daily basis.
This is a senior level position. Applicants must have a proven track record of working with the press, and a minimum of two years of experience as a press secretary or communications director is required. Previous experience on campaigns (political, legislative, or issue-based) and on Capitol Hill is preferred.
Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, new Americans, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. State and/or district ties are a plus.
Qualified candidates should include the following in their application:
Three writing samples including an op-ed or speech, and a statement
Please send applications to email@example.com with “Communications Director” in the subject line. No calls or drop-ins please.