Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official party committee dedicated to electing Democrats to state legislatures. Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built new majorities and flipped seats from red to blue across the country – paving the way for progress. State legislatures pass the policies that most affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy.


Taking back power starts at the local level. The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for their state legislatures. We provide our candidates and state partners with resources and field support to help lay the groundwork to run smart, winning campaigns. The DLCC has become the leading authority on our ballot level, changing the way Democrats invest in and focus on state legislative races thanks to our new Path to The Majority strategy that focuses on strategic investments to bolster our proven track record and data-driven operation.


We’re powered by over 375,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors who fuel thousands of local Democratic candidates across the country.


Building up Democratic majorities in the states is more important than ever. With right-wing radicals proliferating in state legislatures across the country and key issues like reproductive health care, LGBTQ+ equality, and voting rights being decided in the states, our democracy is on the line. We’re counting on our supporters to get educated, involved, and take action in their communities.


The DLCC compensates employees competitively and provides a very generous benefits package. We believe in work-life balance and understand that every employee has unique circumstances at home. We offer employees significant amounts of time off as well as flexible work options. We’re dedicated to treating one another with respect in the workplace and prioritize racial equity and inclusion (REI) in our work with one another as well as with our stakeholders.


National Press Secretary

The DLCC is seeking a National Press Secretary to help lead the organization’s press and media efforts as we fight to win back and defend Democratic power in state legislatures across the country. As we gear up for the critical 2023 and 2024 elections -- and the many cycles to come -- this position will be responsible for driving national messaging, media outreach, and press strategy to elevate the DLCC’s work, boost the committee’s profile, and help Democrats win back and defend statehouses nationwide.


The National Press Secretary reports to the Communications Director. The DLCC is located in Washington, DC, and our office has taken on a hybrid model for staff effective January 2022. The position is eligible to be permanently remote. This position would ideally be based in the Eastern time zone, though others may be considered.


The National Press Secretary is expected to model the values of the DLCC:


  • CREDIBILITY: We are respected and trusted in words and actions.
  • INCLUSIVE: The DLCC values the unique experience and perspective of all who work here. We strive to make all contributors feel welcomed, valued, and respected. We focus on outcomes, recognizing different people approach opportunities and challenges differently.
  • INITIATIVE: We exhibit high levels of creativity in our work and need all team members to proactively contribute ideas to move our work forward.
  • RESULTS DRIVEN: Our team undertakes projects professionally and executes them fully and to completion.
  • RISK: We identify opportunities to employ new ideas and tactics, and execute these ideas when we believe the potential reward outweighs 
  • TEAMWORK: We work collaboratively, additively, and in sync with our colleagues. Our individual work considers the needs, capacity, and expertise of those we work alongside.


  • Serves as a primary on and off-the-record spokesperson for DLCC and as a first point of contact to respond to incoming media requests.
  • Proactively pitch the DLCC and its message to national, state, and regional news and media outlets, and cultivate ongoing relationships with a growing list of journalists, bookers, and producers.
  • Know our work and ballot level, tracking internal and external developments to recommend proactive and reactive narratives that sell our ballot level and our work.
  • Drive the DLCC’s position in the media as the leading actor in the state legislative space and help further promote the President and the organization as leaders on state and local politics.
  • Ensure media coverage by analyzing story angles and choosing appropriate media outlets, editors, producers, and/or reporters, writing pitches and as-needed press releases and content for public speaking engagements. 
  • Draft and edit external and internal communications, including but not limited to press releases, talking points, memos, newsletters, op-eds, and public remarks for the President.
  • Work alongside key members of the Marketing and Communications team, including the VP of Marketing and Communications and Communications Director, to drive exponential improvement in how and where the DLCC and state legislatures are positioned in the press among politically engaged audiences.
  • Maintain and facilitate an open line of communication with other DLCC departments, as well as between the DLCC and partner organizations, surrogates, and state actors. 
  • Create and maintain press lists and contribute to metrics to show ROI on our press engagement and strategy.
  • Perform other duties as needed.


  • DLCC has increased press coverage that advances the committee’s long-term objectives and is in line with ambitious goal setting.
  • DLCC has increased and sustained engagement with members of the press and has strong relationships extending to a diverse range of outlets and media types.
  • DLCC staff and voices are aligned on messaging, talking points, and priorities and the committee is seen as a leading expert on state power.
  • Other departments along with external partners rely on the DLCC communications department for guidance and assistance in landing press and media opportunities.
  • Junior communications staff are efficiently managed and well mentored in career and skills development.


  • 6+ years of prior relevant experience (campaign experience is a plus, but not required).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines and respond to rapid requests.
  • The ability to translate complex topics and information into compelling messaging materials (ability to educate reporters about what we do, what a caucus is, why it’s important, etc.).
  • A demonstrated ability to think creatively and out of the box and to identify new solutions to challenges at our level of the ballot.
  • On-the-record experience and strong relationships with the press.
  • The capacity to take smart risks and an eagerness to work collaboratively with DLCC staff and state/organizational partners.
  • Experience staffing a principal.
  • Experience managing and developing junior staff.

Physical Requirements

The DLCC is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at the DLCC. 


The requirements of this role, related to its physical demands, described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 


All DLCC employees must be able to operate a computer and use a cell phone. For roles at the DLCC that include frequent business travel expectations, we can discuss reasonable alternatives to travel in some instances. Most roles also require communicating with key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. Applicants with questions about accommodations may request to speak with our ADA liaison, Nytoyia Laughlin.


Essential functions of the role include:

  • Working from a computer for long periods of time;
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders; and
  • This position has less than 5% travel expectations and is eligible for flexible work hour arrangements.

How to Apply

Salary for the National Press Secretary position is $95,400-$115,000 on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The DLCC offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • More than 25 days of paid time off, including for Federal holidays, time off around Federal holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year, vacation, sick, and personal days.
  • Fully paid health/vision/dental insurance for the employee + spouse/partner + dependents.
  • Up to 6% retirement employer contribution.
  • Monthly use-it-or-lose-it $100 transit benefit for employees located in the DC region.
  • Employer contribution of $500 to employee’s Flexible Spending Account, and opportunity to withhold pre-tax income for Dependent Care Account.
  • Up to $5,000 employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for IVF-related costs or Adoption Assistance, and up to $2,500 for employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for out-of-pocket dental and orthodontic expenses. 
  • Monthly $100 student loan payment benefit.
  • Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement.
  • and more. 

To apply for this position, please complete an electronic application by September 24, 2023. The DLCC may review applications after this deadline in limited circumstances, however this is not a guarantee that your application will be considered if it is not submitted by September 24, 2023. Only complete applications through the application portal will be accepted. You must also include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to be considered for this position. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for this position, they may request it in writing by emailing jobs(at)dlcc.org. No calls, please. Applicants will be screened on a rolling basis.


The DLCC is committed to an inclusive and equitable environment and diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DLCC 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, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, personal appearance, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, or any other legally protected basis. The DLCC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

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