• Minnesota Communications Director

    Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 

                                                                 Job Description

    Communications Director

    The Minnesota DFL Party is now accepting applications for the following job. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references, and a Voluntary Self-Identification form (Optional) by postal or electronic mail to:

    Corey Day
    Executive Director
    Minnesota DFL Party
    255 East Plato Boulevard
    St. Paul, MN 55107-1623

    The deadline for applications is: Friday March 24th

    Title:                     Communications Director
    Status:                   Full-time employment.

    Minimum Qualifications:   An applicant must have at least these qualifications and, except in an extraordinary case, will not be considered without them:

    1.         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience;

    2.         Mastery of the English language — style, usage, grammar, punctuation, and syntax;

    3.         Membership in the DFL Party (or the Democratic Party in another state);

    4.         A properly insured vehicle for travel around the state as necessary.

    Preferred Qualifications:  These additional qualifications, while not absolutely essential, are highly preferred, and will significantly bolster an application:

    1.         Experience in communications either (a) as paid staff or as a titled volunteer on a campaign for public office; or (b) as staff for a party organization or a coordinated campaign; or (c) as paid staff or as a titled volunteer for a newspaper or other periodical, a television or radio station, or a comparable media outlet.

    Diversity:  The DFL Party encourages the participation in its leadership of the many diverse groups within the Party.  The Minnesota DFL Party is an equal-opportunity employer.

    Organization:  The Communications Director leads the Communications Team, and reports to the Executive Director (and, through the Executive Director, to the State Chair).

    Compensation:  Commensurate with experience.

    Duties:  The Communications Director will:

    1.         Develop long- and short-term media-based strategies for getting the Party’s candidates elected, supporting them as elected officials, and anticipating, deflecting, and responding to attacks upon them or upon the Party;

    2.         Advise the officers, staff, and party units about communications strategy;

    3.         Work with the National Party, congressional and legislative caucuses, other elected officials, endorsed candidates, candidates seeking the endorsement, and party units on framing and delivering a consistent message from the Party to the public;

    4.         Deliver the Party’s message through the media to the public by means of (a) well-organized press conferences, (b) carefully written and fact-checked media releases, (c) strong relationships with political reporters and Minnesota media, (d) letters to the editor, (e) blog entries, and (f) other appropriate vehicles;

    5.         Develop, maintain, and regularly update the Party’s website;

    6.         Develop value-based and issue-based literature that party units and candidates can distribute;

    7.         Communicate regularly and frequently with activists through electronic newsletters, broadcast electronic mail, and the website;

    8.         Train activists, party leaders, candidates, and elected officials about framing the Party’s values, growing our message skills, communicating with the media and the public, and using new technologies for delivering a strong, positive message;

    9.         Compile and organize opposition research about other political parties’ candidates, prospective candidates, and elected officials;

    10.       Manage communications for the Party’s governing bodies, including the State Convention, State Central Committee, State Executive Committee, and their commissions and committees;

    11.       Write or edit correspondence and other written communications from the officers and other staff; and

    12.       Perform such other duties as the State Chair or Executive Director assigns.

    Voluntary Self-Identification Information

    Consistent with the DFL Party’s commitment to including groups historically under-represented in the DFL Party’s affairs, by virtue of race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or disability, we encourage members of underrepresented groups to seek jobs within the DFL Party. To help in this effort, we ask applicants to complete this self-identification form. Completion of this information is voluntary and is not a requirement of employment. This information will not affect the decision regarding your application for employment. This information will be kept confidential. Please select one or more groups that fit your identity:

      African American
      Asian/Pacific American
      Hispanic or Latino
      LGBT American
      Native American
      Person with Disability
      White or Caucasian


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