Deputy Communications Director

NOW HIRING: Deputy Communications Director

The Colorado House Majority is looking for an exceptional writer, strategic thinker and experienced social media manager to serve as our next Deputy Communications Director. The primary role of the Deputy Communications Director is to assist the Communications Director in all aspects of the team’s work, particularly digital and social media, to  advance the objectives of the House Democratic Caucus. The position requires strong political acumen, strong writing ability, and digital fluency. 

This is a dynamic and exciting position that supports all members of the House Democratic Caucus, the Speaker of the House and other members of caucus leadership. We’re looking for a communications professional with political, policy, legislative or media experience who can advise members on digital media strategy, produce social media toolkits, and write press releases, op-eds, and more.  In this role, you’ll be at the center of the action in the capitol, interacting with reporters, leadership, members and advocates every day. This is a unique opportunity for an individual who can thrive under pressure and has good judgement to join a fast-paced, effective and respected communications team. 

About the House Democratic Caucus and Staff

The 41-member House Democratic caucus is the largest and most diverse House Democratic caucus in state history. Colorado’s Democratic state representatives represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences from all over our state. Serving in our body is Colorado’s first Muslim legislator, first transgender legislator, first black lesbian legislator, first legislator to serve in a wheelchair, and first African immigrant legislator. Our members are teachers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, business owners, farmers and ranchers, engineers, lawyers, activists, and more. In the last three years since Democrats took control of the state legislature, we’ve passed transformative, impactful legislation like full-day Kindergarten, a guaranteed health care plan for consumers that will save Coloradans on health insurance premiums, a long-awaited transportation funding package, a model police accountability bill, a landmark climate bill establishing greenhouse gas reduction goals, a lifesaving red flag law to protect against gun violence, and much more. 

Our high-functioning, talented staff work for all members of our caucus on policy, press and digital communications, House leadership operations, and constituent outreach and legislative aide support. We take the work seriously, but not ourselves, so if you enjoy bad puns, binge watching Arrested Development, sharing your garden harvest, and discussing the big, existential challenges of the world with like-minded individuals who are passionate, dedicated public servants, then we’re the team for you!

Responsibilities

Digital and Social Media

  • Serve as the “owner” and primary content creator for all caucus social media accounts, primarily Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Create social media graphics through Canva and/or software like Adobe Photoshop
  • Build social media kits for members to utilize for important bill updates, holidays, issue developments, etc
  • Work with members and aides on social media strategies and presence; run trainings for legislative aides and conduct digital strategy consultation meetings with members and their aides
  • Serve as the primary photographer for public events
  • Create (or be able to quickly learn how to create) videos highlighting the work of our caucus
  • Update and maintain CO House Dems website

 Writing

  • Write for 41 different caucus members on a variety of different topics and diverse audiences
  • Quickly draft high-quality press releases; thoughtfully message and distill complex policy into quotes and easily comprehensible background, work with policy team members to review for accuracy 
  • Develop persuasive and concise messaging to craft talking points, speeches, and op-eds for members on a wide range of bills and issues

Press 

  • Support the Communications Director by interacting with reporters, pitching stories, and maintaining working relationships with the press corps
  • Monitor state, local and national media and keep staff and members up-to-date with the latest relevant stories 
  • Organize and execute press events such as press availabilities, press conferences, and rallies

Qualifications

  • You’re a writing machine: you can write high-quality and accurate content at a high volume and pace (you have to be able to draft a press release quickly and accurately, write an op-ed in a couple of hours, sometimes write talking points 30 minutes before a committee hearing begins, etc.) Bonus points if you’re familiar with AP Style.
  • Voracious consumer of political news with the ability to think critically and strategically; Ability to identify political risks and opportunities while exercising top-notch political sense, solid judgement and discretion.
  • You are digitally fluent and have managed social media accounts for an individual, organization, or brand with a significant following during a period of at least 1-2 years. You have an intimate knowledge of the mechanics of how social media sites work, you know how to utilize different sites to advance caucus objectives and have experience using them as a rapid response and broader messaging tools. Extra bonus points if you’ve managed social media accounts in a political environment. 
  • You know how to create compelling graphics and have a working knowledge of design software like Canva or the Adobe Design Suite. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal communicator and relationship-builder with an ability to work effectively with the press corps, House leadership, all 41 members of the Colorado Democratic caucus, stakeholders, and staff from the House Majority team as well as staff from other caucuses and organizations 
  • Self-starter who does well under pressure and can can recognize risks, knows when to check in vs when to trust their gut
  • Steadfast commitment to and passion for enacting the Democratic agenda, willingness to prioritize progress and consensus over dedication to any one particular kind of policy outcome

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of the Colorado political and media landscape 
  • Sufficient fluency in spoken and written Spanish
  • Advanced video editing skills 
  • WordPress or broader web design skills 
  • Previous Colorado legislative experience

Compensation

A starting salary for this position will be between $57,000 and $65,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. We provide a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance covered mostly by the employer, life insurance fully covered by the employer, your choice of a Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) retirement plan, 10 paid sick days and 12 paid vacation days (not including state and federal holidays), a generous flex schedule during the legislative interim, and a free parking space.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the job to cohousedemocrats@gmail.com. Please put “Deputy Communications Director Application” in the subject field of your email. Application deadline is December 1, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please submit promptly.

Colorado House Majority Office is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and identities to apply.