Wausau Regional Press Secretary (Coordinated)


Job Title: Wausau Regional Press Secretary
Reports to: Regional Press Program Director
Salary: $6,000/monthly, $72,000/annually generous benefits package
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin (Please note: Employment with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin requires residence or willingness to relocate to the state of Wisconsin.)
Start date: Summer 2024
Application Deadline: July 31, 2024 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

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About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin: WisDems is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. During the 2024 cycle, WisDems will drive massive programs to defend the Democratic majority in the United States Senate by re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin, to re-elect President Biden for a second term, elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and work to build volunteer-led coalitions for the long term. WisDems’ work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: As a Wausau Regional Press Secretary, you will support the Biden-Harris Wisconsin communications team’s earned media strategy in Wausau and the surrounding area, including by planning and staffing press events; drafting talking points and remarks; building relationships with local press and encouraging press attendance at events; and finding and prepping storytellers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Draft and manage the approval process for communications materials such as press releases, statements, pitches, fact sheets, advisories, background materials, talking points, and other items as needed.
  • Build relationships with local press, influencers, and elected officials to better understand how the coordinated campaign’s message can better reach voters.
  • Identify and work with storytellers and electeds to prepare for interviews and press events.
  • Support the organization and execution of press events – including on a short timeline – by doing pitch calls and setting up/taking down the event.
  • Monitor and track breaking news and noteworthy developments in local politics that provide an opportunity to amplify the coordinated campaign’s message.
  • Work could include working outside of normal work hours; including canvassing and other election-preparation as necessary.

Qualifications (Required):

  • At least one year of communications, research, or political experience
  • Applicants should have access to reliable transportation, and be willing to travel frequently.
  • Growth Mindset – Able to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Manages a High Volume of Work with Efficiency – Has, or can create, a system for managing multiple projects at the same time without sacrificing quality.
  • Clear, Precise, and Inclusive Communication – Proven track record of producing quality written communications while being keenly aware of addressing diverse audiences.
  • Effective Collaborator – Able to collaborate with colleagues to produce quality communications materials.
  • Cultural Competency – Able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. Understands how to take an inclusive lens into all aspects of work.

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), TalkSpace virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, mileage reimbursement, monthly cell phone stipend, paid vacation days (starting at 10 days), retirement plan with 3% employer match, 4 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays. 

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note on COVID-19: Candidates will be required to verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment, except where prohibited by law. Fully vaccinated includes receiving any booster shots recommended by the CDC or other public health authorities within the timeframe recommended. Reasonable accommodations due to disability, medical condition, or bona fide religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.