Communications Director

Communications Director

The Lauren Underwood for Congress campaign is looking for an experienced and passionate individual to join our campaign as Communications Director. The right candidate will be creative, detail-oriented, and prepared to run a robust communications program. The Communications Director will work closely with other senior staff and be an integral part of the team. If you’re ready to join one of the top races in the country, apply using the link below.

Job Description:

  • Lead and execute the campaign’s press and external communication program
  • Build and implement weekly and long-term strategic communications plans that are dynamic and impactful
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local reporters
  • Establish a strong professional and empowering team culture within the larger organization focused on accountability, collaboration with all campaign departments, and in service to one’s community
  • Serve as a core member of the campaign’s senior staff 
  • Report directly to the Campaign Manager

Responsibilities Include:

  • Pitch and place stories with local, regional, and national news outlets and new-media platforms
  • Brief and prepare the Congresswoman for interviews
  • Write press releases, questionnaires, talking points, and speeches
  • Set goals and objectives and hold oneself accountable
  • Work closely with the Campaign Manager, Digital Director, and strategic advisors to develop communication and messaging priorities for the campaign
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the Congresswoman, campaign staff, legislative team, media, and constituents
  • Work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Manage input from multiple team members 

Applicants must have:

  • Previous political campaign experience or Hill experience
  • Experience speaking on-the-record
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent deadlines
  • Willingness to work extensive hours, including nights and weekends
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills as well as strong communication and organizational skills, showing attention to detail
  • Understanding of print, broadcast, online media
  • Enthusiasm for working in an organization with a culture of respect, empowerment, and inclusion
  • Strong commitment to progressive values

 

Applicants will be considered more competitive if they have 

  • Direct experience in Communications field; preferably as a Deputy Communications or similar position
  • Background or experience working with Frontline or Red to Blue candidates or members
  • Strong speech writing skills
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a licensed and insured vehicle
  • Proficiency in Google docs and Microsoft Office
  • Ties to the IL-14 community and larger Illinois press corps

This job is based in IL-14 and successful applicants will be expected to relocate to the district as soon as they are able. 

Salary: $6,000/month, 100% fully paid Silver-level health care plan, and PTO. 

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.