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STATEWIDE PRESS SECRETARY

STATEWIDE PRESS SECRETARY, FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

The Florida Democratic Party is expanding our team in advance of 2020 and is seeking a Statewide Press Secretary to work in the FDP Communications Department. The Communications Department carries the voice of the Florida Democratic Party to the media, to our Democratic leaders, to our Clubs and Caucuses, and to the general public through various media and communications outlets. The Statewide Press Secretary’s role is to help the Party and our elected leaders disseminate the Party’s message in a strategic and coordinated way. The Statewide Press Secretary reports to the head of the Communications Department.

This position is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Description of Duties

Write press materials, including but not limited to press releases, advisories, op-eds, talking points, briefing memos, newsletters.

Establish and maintain relationships with reporters in every media market in Florida.

Pitch events and stories to reporters and media outlets.

Monitor and track news through daily press clips.

Draft social media copy, assist in running Party Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Support the work of Communications Director and Digital Director.

Attend press events as needed.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or another related field desirable

A registered Democrat

Experience working on political campaigns or advocacy organizations

Experience dealing with and speaking to the media

Familiarity of Democratic Party’s messaging and objectives

Commitment to electing Democratic Leaders

Working in communications for a minimum of two political cycles

Diligent Work Ethic: our team will work long hours, especially as we get closer to election day. We will prioritize working smart but we will also work hard.

Good Listener: many of our colleagues don't come from a technical background. They won't always know what's possible or even what to ask us for. Part of your job is to listen closely, use common sense, and discern their true needs so that we can solve real problems.

Positive Attitude: Even on tough days, our team needs to remain optimistic and upbeat. This will make us more productive, and, to an extent, positive attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Share Democratic Values: Our mission is to elect all of our Florida Democratic candidates. You need to share a passion for this mission. If you are inclined to support Republicans, to split your ticket, or are disengaged from politics, then this isn't the job for you.


Skills

Strong interpersonal skills

Good judgment

Ability to be a team player

Demonstrated superior writing skills

Excellent verbal communication skills, Spanish and/or Creole are helpful

Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing and e-mail programs

Experience with social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook

Flexibility to travel as required in performance of duties


Preferred Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Prior professional experience working with, and managing, volunteers

Fluent in a second language

Possess a familiarity with VAN.


Logistics

Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable mode of transportation and the ability to travel extensively at times throughout the state for more than a day at a time

Must be able to travel outside of the state, often for several days at a time, to national trainings and events

Office hours are 9:30 – 6:30, Monday through Friday, however, evening and weekend hours will be needed regularly

Must have the ability to regularly lift and carry 25lbs


Salary & Benefits

The Florida Democratic Party offers a competitive salary and benefit package with the opportunity for growth, salary range is $55,000 to $67,500 commensurate with experience including excellent insurance paid fully by the employer. The position is currently slated through December 31, 2020 and may be renewed for permanency.

To apply, e-mail a letter describing your interest in the job, your resume, cover letter, and a list of references to Juan Penalosa at jobs@floridadems.org by 5:00 pm on January 5, 2019 and use Voter Protection Director as the subject line. Please do not contact by phone.


The Florida Democratic Party is committed to hiring an inclusive, diverse staff. We are an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.


Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and three references in one PDF document to jobs@floridadems.org with the position title in the subject line.​ Please note that formats other than PDF will not be accepted. Qualified applicants will be called for the next step of the hiring process.


The Florida Democratic Party is committed to hiring an inclusive, diverse staff. The FDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

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