Illinois Press Secretary

Chicago, Illinois /
Communications – Press /
Full -Time
The Democratic Governors Association (DGA), the campaign committee responsible for electing and supporting Democratic Governors, is seeking a Illinois Press Secretary for the 2021-2022 cycle. The IL Press Secretary is responsible for advancing the DGA’s press strategy in the state of Illinois for the 2021-22 election cycle. As a member of the Communications Team, the IL Press Secretary reports directly to the DGA’s Communications Director and closely collaborates with staff from the DGA and the campaign of the Illinois Governor to meet the ambitious communications goals in 2021-22. The salary range for this position is $65-75k depending on experience. This position will end November 30, 2022.

We expect many well-qualified candidates to apply to this position, so please provide a resume and a thoughtful, one-page cover letter describing why you think you are the best person to fill this open position at the DGA. This is not an entry-level position. This application will remain open until the position is filled.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Cultivate and maintain contact with key political and policy reporters in Chicago, Springfield, and across the entire state of Illinois;
    • Coordinate directly with the Illinois Democratic Party and campaign of the incumbent governor of Illinois to help promote their top priorities while also holding Republican candidates for Governor accountable;
    • Organize press events, draft media pitches, reporter backgrounders, press releases, op-eds, social media content, and other materials as needed;
    • Work in tandem with the DGA Digital Department to utilize digital assets to reach broader audiences;
    • Travel within the state of Illinois may be required to achieve goals and perform regular responsibilities;
    • Manage other special projects, assignments, and tasks as assigned by the DGA’s Communications Director.

Qualifications

    • Two to three years of work experience in political communications with at least one cycle of experience  working at a statewide level either in an official office or in a campaign capacity;
    • A demonstrated record of pitching stories, cultivating reporter relations, and staffing principles for interviews; on-the-record experience; 
    • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize a varied workload, with the flexibility to adapt to a changing media environment in order to take advantage of new opportunities;
    • Proven ability to collaborate and coordinate with the offices of multiple stakeholder - including both in-state and national interests;
    • Create and distribute talking points and messaging based on research and policy analysis;
    • Strong writing skills;
    • Strong ability to write and edit on a tight deadline;
    • Demonstrated interest and commitment to Democratic candidates and causes;
    • Must be comfortable with long, irregular hours during peak seasons.
Diversity Practices
The DGA recognizes that its continued success requires a staff of hardworking, intelligent people from diverse backgrounds. The DGA is committed to ensuring equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status. The DGA strongly encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply to this position and to share why your demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working in diverse communities makes you a strong applicant as part of your cover letter.

Closing
The DGA offices are based in downtown Washington, DC and we are currently in a remote work protocol due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This role is based in Chicago, Illinois and expected to work with campaign and communications staff in the State of Illinois. The DGA will work with potential candidates to schedule remote interviews and process on-boarding procedures remotely, as necessary. This position comes with 100% employer-paid health care for employee + spouse/partner + dependents, up to 4% 401(k) matching program, employer paid phone bill and other employee benefits.