Communications Director

Communications Director

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN KWEISI MFUME

SUMMARY:

The Communications Director manages and coordinates the messaging and communications activities, including media contacts, for the Member and the Office. Traditional and digital communications are managed by the Communications Director including press statements, press releases, mass emails, social media posts, and website updates.

The applicant must be an excellent writer with strong organizational skills, demonstrated political instincts, and proven judgment.  Ideal candidate has at least five years of communications and messaging experience in the public and/or private sector, including campaign or government, and robust media contacts. The position reports to the Member and Chief of Staff.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS REQUIRED:

  • Acts as the formal spokesperson and media liaison for the Member;

  • Develops and implements media, communications, and public relations strategy for the Member;

  • Remains abreast of current legislative and non-legislative issues about which the Member may speak or be questioned;

  • Evaluates current events and media reports in the District and the nation for their impact on the Member;

  • Provides ideas and advice on the effect, in the media, of the Member's actions and legislative activities;

  • Writes speeches for the Member;

  • Writes quarterly constituent updates;

  • Prepares weekly draft columns;

  • Meets attendance requirements as established by the Office;

  • Maintains a good working relationship with the Member, staff, media, and constituents;

  • Works well under pressure and handles stress;

  • Accepts performance-based criticism and direction;

  • Works a flexible schedule including long hours, nights, and weekends; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, or a closely related field; strong academic credentials; and at least 5 years of professional media experience.  Graduate degree preferred. Alternatively, 15 years of related experience or training may suffice.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;

  • Strong communication skills;

  • Thorough understanding of digital, print, social and broadcast media;

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

  • Knowledge of current issues and events in which the Member is involved;

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the representation of the Member's position on policy issues;

  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;

  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner;

  • Knowledge of office policies, practices, and procedures;

  • Knowledge of office computer applications; and

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Access, Excel, and other database management software.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Work is mainly performed in a normal office environment.  Noise levels are usually moderate; and

  • Works in small a workstation without an expectation of privacy.

  • The position requires an incredible attention to detail.

The Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, disability, military status, age, marital status, or parental status. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to MD07employment@mail.house.gov. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but no application will be considered later than June 24, 2022.  No phone calls, faxes, or separate emails please.