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State of Massachusetts Communications Director - Office of Senator Rebecca Rausch in Boston, Massachusetts

SUMMARY: Recently re-elected to her third term in the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham)is a proven champion of intersectional equity, strengthening our democracy, and stellar service to her constituents. The Communications Director plays an integral role on the Senator’s team, with particular emphasis on advancing the Senator’s policy priorities and district-related successes. The Director is responsible for all strategic public communications operations, including press releases, social media, website content, public remarks, and the Senator’s monthly newsletter. Essential Job Functions: * Creates and implements a media strategy for the office; * Offers recommendations for strategic communications opportunities; * Maintains and updates the Senator’s website on a regular basis; * Drafts press releases, remarks, quotes, and statements regarding the Senator’s legislative, budget, and local priorities; * Manages the Senator’s monthly newsletter, including content creation; * Monitors local, state, and national media outlets; * Manages social media operations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; * Creates digital content, including but not limited to graphics and text for social media, the Senator’s website, and the Senator’s monthly newsletter; * Maintains accurate media contact lists and acts as liaison to the press on behalf of the Senator; * Assists Legislative Aide and Director of Internal-External Relations in responding to constituent emails; * Screens incoming media requests and makes recommendations to the Chief of Staff and the Senator; * Organizes and promotes events both at the State House and in the district; * Maintains a good working relationship with the Senator, staff, constituents, and State House colleagues; * Meets deadlines as set by the Senator, Chief of Staff, and legislative calendar; and * Performs other duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: * Bachelor’s degree and at least one-year relevant experience; * Basic understanding of state government operations and the legislative process; * Demonstrated experience and competence working with social media platforms and computerized office applications; * Basic understanding of print, broadcast, and online media; * Excellent oral and written communication skills; * Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, positive, and professional manner; * Ability to think critically and work both independently and as part of a team; * Ability to produce quality work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment; and * Ability to maintain a flexible schedule including working extended hours, possibly on nights and weekends. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: * Strong academic credentials in communications, public relations, political science, or related field, plus a minimum of two (2) years of related work experience in external communications; * Comprehensive understanding of local, state, and federal political processes; * Experience providing guidance, supervision, and mentorship to staff and interns; * Strong project management skills; * Experience working with the press * Proficiency with social media platforms and strategy; * Strong experience with digital design and communications tools, especially Canva, Wix, and Mailchimp; * Experience with communications strategy and implementation; * Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese * Connection to the Senator’s district; * Experience conveying progressive values and ideas to an ideologically diverse audience; and * Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Eligible employees of the Massachusetts Senate are offered a great career opportunity to influence a wide spectrum of policy initiatives and services to the diverse population served by the Legislature. The Senate’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of state employee benefits for eligible employees which you may consider towards your overall compensation, including, but not limited to: * 75% state-paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low-cost basic and optional life insurance - Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation, and Personal Time * Competitive Senate-sponsored parental leave - Tuition Benefit for employees and spouses at state colleges and universities * Long-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Employee Assistance Programs - Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program The Senate requires all Senate employees to have received COVID-19 vaccination or to have been approved for an exemption as a condition of employment. Finalists will be given details about how to demonstrate receipt of vaccination or request an exemption due to a sincerely held religious belief or medical reason not to be vaccinated. The Massachusetts Senate is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, military, and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the diverse commonwealth we serve, and women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Administrative Services* *Organization: Senate *Title: *Communications Director - Office of Senator Rebecca Rausch Location: Massachusetts-Boston-State House Requisition ID: 22000E1N