Overview

 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the sole organization dedicated to electing Democrats to statehouses. Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built eight 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 with the resources, field support, and data necessary to run smart, winning campaigns. By gaining a foothold in state legislatures, Democrats can engage supporters across the country and prepare for victories in statewide and national elections.

 

We’re powered by more than 200,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors (giving an average of $29), 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 state legislatures across the country and redistricting happening this year, 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.

 

Regional Press Secretary

The DLCC is seeking a Regional Press Secretary to join our Communications Department. The DLCC’s communication and press team is working to share the DLCC’s incredible achievements and work with outlets across the country to influence key legislative races.

The Regional Press Secretary is responsible for overseeing the DLCC’s earned media and communications strategy in target states across the country. This individual will be expected to directly support the creation and implementation of a robust communications program that can serve as a model for the states caucus communication staff. The role requires building relationships with in-state press in order to support the work of state legislative caucuses. The Regional Press Secretary will also work with the communications team to further the DLCC’s own communications strategy and institutional goals.

 

This position will report to the Vice President, Communications, and is based in Washington, DC. The DLCC is located in Washington, DC, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely is allowed for all staff through December 31, 2021. Upon request, the DLCC will consider whether this position can permanently be remote. 

 

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

 

  • Credibility
  • Teamwork
  • Results Driven
  • Risk
  • Inclusive

 

Responsibilities 

  • Assist with developing and driving strategic press and communications efforts in key target chambers, working alongside caucuses, campaigns, and partners to craft and deliver messaging that puts Democrats in a position to win.
  • Lead DLCC communications with respect to developments in target states, serving as the primary point of contact for in-state reporters. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with media outlets within identified states and media markets.
  • Supporting national press efforts, including drafting and editing external and internal communications, including but not limited to press releases, talking points, memos, newsletters, op-eds, and public remarks for the leadership team, as well as maintaining and growing press lists.
  • Lead rapid-response efforts in coordination with DLCC communications team and in-state partners.
  • Assist in managing and responding to press inquiries, with potential opportunities to be on the record under the direction of the Vice President, Communications.
  • Coordinate with Digital staff to support the DLCC’s message online and help ensure the organization is executing a seamless and integrated cross-channel communications plan.
  • Provide communication training for caucus staff, candidates, and/or campaign staff.
  • Manage communications interns.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

 

Outcomes

  • Target state caucuses and campaign’s cycle communications plans are comprehensive and have maximum impact and outreach to support Democrats winning. 
  • Increased recognition of the DLCC’s message, work, and impact through press, media, and communications outreach in the states.
  • Engage new media opportunities that proliferate the successes and messaging of the organization.
  • Ensure DLCC and caucus staff are aligned on messaging, talking points, and priorities.

 

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of prior relevant communications experience.
  • Proven experience with pitching stories and concepts to reporters. 
  • On the record experience.
  • 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 and surrogates about what we do, what a caucus is, why it’s important, etc.).
  • A demonstrated ability to think creatively and out of the box.
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with press and outside stakeholders.

 

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, John Skic.

 

Essential functions of the role include:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders. 

 

How to Apply

Salary for the Regional Press Secretary is $53,000 – $60,000, on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The DLCC offers a generous benefit 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;
  • Monthly $100 student loan payment benefit;
  • Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement;
  • and more. 

 

To apply for this position, please complete an electronic application at https://www.dlcc.org/careers by August 10, 2021. 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 engaging, retaining, and supporting 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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