Deputy Communications Director
The Democratic Attorneys General Association provides political and policy support to Democratic State Attorneys General in their mission to protect citizens, promote progress, and support civil rights.
Reports To: Communications Director
Salary Range: $85,000-$105,000
The Democratic Attorneys General Association seeks a dynamic Deputy Director of Communications to help lead the association’s earned and paid communications strategies, focusing on media relations with the press. Responsible for helping build positive narratives around the individual and collective work of 25 sitting Democratic Attorneys General and supporting the political communications for 30+ attorney general races during the 2021-2022 cycle and beyond. The candidate should have a team-orientated attitude to get the job done. From overseeing a weekly newsletter to designing and executing communications strategies like press events, media outreach, and digital content, the candidate should thrive on bringing their ideas to fruition and working in a fast-paced environment.
This is not an entry-level position. The Deputy Communications Director will work closely with attorneys general, DAGA’s digital department, state and national reporters, and partner organizations. Travel will be required to achieve goals and perform regular responsibilities.
- Work with the Communications Director to design and implement comprehensive communication strategies that elevate DAGA, Democratic Attorneys General, and AG races to varied audiences.
- Use media relations tactics to maximize committee and Democratic Attorneys General’s presence in the national political landscape, including pitching, press releases, op-eds, media events, and more.
- Work across platforms to meet department needs, align messaging and help respond in crisis situations.
- Lead development of internal communications content branded for DAGA and elevating individual Democratic Attorneys General, including understanding shifts in Democratic Party messaging, and staying informed of all relevant aspects of political and policy issues related to state attorneys general.
- Identify key media moments and work with the team to create newsworthy events.
- Responsible for helping with DAGA’s rapid response communications.
- Work directly with Attorney General incumbents/candidates and their teams to help them develop earned and paid media communications strategies to win races.
- Participate in weekly and monthly campaign strategy and planning meetings with campaign managers and directors.
- Provide media training opportunities for candidates and incumbents.
- Ensure consistency and messaging across committee platforms.
- Oversee content and production of a weekly newsletter and daily clip reports.
- Other communications responsibilities and special projects, as assigned.
- A proven track record of designing and implementing strategic communications plans for political campaigns, advocacy campaigns, or progressive organizations in the local and national landscape.
- Well-versed in pitching reporters with proven media placements.
- Strong writing and oral presentation skills, including writing press releases, statements, and op-eds that have resulted in media coverage that was effective and met goals.
- Experience working at least six years in a communications capacity for political campaigns, PACs, advocacy campaigns, political committees, or progressive organizations.
- Experience working with principal audiences, ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization from senior leadership to junior staff to outside parties.
- Demonstrate knowledge of earned and paid media strategies.
- Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and operate effectively in a fluid and fast-paced environment.
- Sense of humor and positive, can-do attitude.
- Commitment to DAGA’s mission.
- Additional language is a plus.
- Located in DC or willing to relocate in September 2021.
- Ability to travel to quarterly policy conferences and to states as needed
- A resume, cover letter, and two writing samples illustrating experience using public relations tactics (press release, op-ed, etc.) are required. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work at DAGA and an example of how you have generated media coverage in a similar position. A writing exercise will be required prior to hiring.
- DAGA’s office is open 9 AM – 6 PM Eastern, but extended and nontraditional work hours are required.
- DAGA offices are in downtown DC but are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DAGA is currently accommodating remote work, although the position will likely be DC-based once DAGA reopens its office. The office is expected set to reopen September 15, 2021.
- DAGA will work with potential candidates to schedule remote interviews and process onboarding procedures remotely, as necessary.
- DAGA offers a generous benefits package that includes fully paid health, dental, vision, short-term, long-term, and life insurance policies, pretax spending accounts, monthly remote work stipend, or monthly transit benefit.
- DAGA values a truly diverse workforce and is committed to a culture of inclusivity, respect, and integrity.
- DAGA is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race; color; religion; national origin; sex: age; marital status; personal appearance; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; family responsibilities; disability; genetic information; credit Information; status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking. DAGA will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
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Job posted: 2021-07-18