Position Announcement
Communications Specialist (bilingual Spanish/English)
Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus
Salary Range: Based on experience
Closing Date: November 19, 2018

The Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC) Communications Office is seeking a candidate to fill a Communications Specialist position with a person who is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, retirement and leave. The SDC consists exclusively of Democratic members of the Washington State Senate.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Communication Specialist is an experienced communications professional who coordinates media-, public- and stakeholder-relation activities for Democratic state senators.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Developing plans for helping senators communicate their policy message to the media, the public, and the stakeholder groups in their districts and beyond;
• Identifying unanticipated communications opportunities in print, TV, radio, and internet outlets;
• Writing speeches and talking points, as well as producing multi-media Web content, news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and newsletter and e-newsletter copy;
• Producing and translating content for Spanish-language media postings;
• Advising senators on effectively communicating a message and how to link communications goals with legislative goals;
• Establishing and maintaining relationships with representatives of regional media, stakeholder groups and local blogs;
• Identifying new tactics for targeted, direct communication efforts with constituents in each member’s district;
• Coordinating with policy staff, senators’ legislative assistants and nonpartisan committee staff;
• Tracking media coverage of senators’ public policy proposals.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Successful candidates must be excellent writers able to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines and be proactive. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a related field. Candidates must be fluent in Spanish.

Work experience should include two years experience in public policy, public relations or journalism and familiarity with social media. Proficiency in Adobe graphic design software is a plus.

Applicants should have a passion for the legislative process, excellent political and strategic judgment, as well as the ability to frame complex political issues into a coherent and simple message. Familiarity with the people, politics and press in the Legislature is a plus.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applications for this recruitment are being evaluated and reviewed as they are received with a closing date of November 19, 2018. To submit an application, send a cover letter, resume and three brief writing samples to:

Peter Dodds
Senate Democratic Caucus
358 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0464
(360) 786-7477
peter.dodds@leg.wa.gov

The Washington State Senate is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Announcement
Communications Specialist
Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus
Salary Range: Based on experience
Closing Date: November 19, 2018

The Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC) Communications Office is seeking a candidate to fill a Communications Specialist position. This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, retirement and leave. The SDC consists exclusively of Democratic members of the Washington State Senate.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Communication Specialist is an experienced communications professional who coordinates media-, public- and stakeholder-relation activities for Democratic state senators.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Developing plans for helping senators communicate their policy message to the media, the public, and the stakeholder groups in their districts and beyond;
• Identifying unanticipated communications opportunities in print, TV, radio, and internet outlets;
• Writing speeches and talking points, as well as producing multi-media Web content, news releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and newsletter and e-newsletter copy;
• Producing content for media postings;
• Advising senators on effectively communicating a message and how to link communications goals with legislative goals;
• Establishing and maintaining relationships with representatives of regional media, stakeholder groups and local blogs;
• Identifying new tactics for targeted, direct communication efforts with constituents in each member’s district;
• Coordinating with policy staff, senators’ legislative assistants and nonpartisan committee staff;
• Tracking media coverage of senators’ public policy proposals.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Successful candidates must be excellent writers able to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines and be proactive. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a related field.

Work experience should include two years experience in public policy, public relations or journalism and familiarity with social media. Proficiency in Adobe graphic design software is a plus.

Applicants should have a passion for the legislative process, excellent political and strategic judgment, as well as the ability to frame complex political issues into a coherent and simple message. Familiarity with the people, politics and press in the Legislature is a plus.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applications for this recruitment are being evaluated and reviewed as they are received with a closing date of November 19, 2018. To submit an application, send a cover letter, resume and three brief writing samples to:

Peter Dodds
Senate Democratic Caucus
358 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0464
(360) 786-7477
peter.dodds@leg.wa.gov

The Washington State Senate is an Equal Opportunity Employer.