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The Florida Legislature
House Minority Office

Job Title

Communications Specialist - Minority Office

General Summary

This is work assisting in the design and coordination of public relations and information services programs for the Florida Legislature. Work includes the review of requirements for the design of various publications.

Examples of Work Performed

  • 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 Legislators and staff.
  • Revises, edits, and coordinates the distribution of news releases submitted by staff.
  • Assists in coordinating and conducting workshops and conferences to educate Legislators, committee staff, and the public.
  • Researches newspaper articles and monitors radio/television public affairs programs for information of interest to Legislators and staff.
  • Develops radio/television spot announcements to be narrated by Legislators.
  • Assists in training legislative assistants in the preparation and dissemination of news releases and radio announcements.
  • Photographs and designs layouts for the 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 two 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.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:

Florida House of Representatives
Office of House Administration
Lawanda Williams
402 South Monroe Street, 1201 Capitol
Tallahassee, FL  32399

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.