Communications Director

Communications Director

Congressman Jim Himes seeks Communications Director.  The applicant must be an excellent writer with solid political instincts, strong organizational skills, and impeccable judgment.  Ideal candidate has at least five years of communications experience in the private sector, campaign, or legislative settings and robust media contacts. Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement strategic communications plan to define Congressman’s image and highlight accomplishments;

  • Act as formal spokesperson and media liaison to Member, directing and managing all media inquiries and pitches;

  • Serve as primary writer of public material, including op-eds, press releases, e-newsletters, floor statements, and talking points;

  • Supervise digital and press assistant to execute aggressive social media and digital portfolio including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and blogger outreach;

  • Plan and implement email newsletter program and supervise targeted mail program;

  • Work with district staff to plan press and outreach events;

  • Work with other members of senior staff to guide Member’s voting decisions and help coordinate effort to build his profile on key issues;

    Skills required:

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically;

  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills;

  • Extensive media contacts;

  • Thorough knowledge of legislative process, procedures, and organization of the House

  • Ability to quickly learn media and political landscape of a diverse district;

  • Thorough knowledge of social media tools

  • Ability to use Drupal HTML editor and understanding of CRM systems;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Strong team player able to infuse communications strategy across all parts of Congressional office;

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment representing policy positions.

This is a senior level position in a fast-paced office.   Prior knowledge of financial services and national security issues appreciated. Women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to CT04.Jobs@mail.house.gov.