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Senate Democratic Office

Job Title

Communications Specialist (Democratic Office)

General Summary

This position assists in the design and coordination of public relations, media relations, and public information services for the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develops and distributes press releases and media statements from the Senate Democratic Leader and Senate Democratic Caucus.
  • Aiding and supporting communications efforts of Democratic Caucus Members.
  • Plans and leads execution of media availability and press conferences, both in-person and virtual.
  • Manages and posts on Democratic Caucus social media accounts.
  • Researches, analyzes, and interprets legislative data for the preparation of public information.
  • Assists in researching, coordinating, planning, preparing, and disseminating newsletters, articles, speeches, fact sheets, and other publications to support public information activities.
  • Analyzes information and public relations needs of Democratic Leader and Caucus Members.
  • Assists in coordinating and conducting workshops and conferences to educate Legislators, committee staff, and the public about policy issues.
  • Manages and distributes media alerts and clips to the Leader, Caucus staff, and Caucus Members.  
  • Assists in training legislative assistants in the preparation and dissemination of news releases and announcements.
  • Photographs and designs layouts for the Senate or House newsletter and for other publications.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of public relations, public information, mass communications, journalism, news reporting, editing, advertising or marketing.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Ability to review the requirements for the design of various publications and make recommendations.
  • Ability to analyze information and public relations needs.
  • Ability to research topics, write articles, and prepare information for dissemination.
  • Ability to develop radio and television spot announcements.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance on information and public relations matters.
  • Ability to design and coordinate layouts, colors, types, selections, and illustrations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and five years of professional experience in news reporting, research, public relations, public information, advertising, marketing, journalism, or mass communications.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications can substitute for one year of the required experience.

Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed Legislative Employment Application and resume to:

Maggie Gerson, Staff Director
Senate Democratic Office
RE: Communications Specialist
228 Senate Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100

or e-mail to: gerson.maggie@flsenate.gov

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.