HIRING: Communications Intern for the 2019 Session

SALARY: Stipend for internship

OPENING DATE: 12/05/18 12:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: 12/21/18 12:00 PM

NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 1

POSITION TYPE: Full-time throughout legislative session

BENEFITS: This position is not eligible for benefits.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 350 North State Street, Suite 400, Salt Lake City, UT 84114

RECRUITER NAME: Debbie Cragun

RECRUITER TELEPHONE NUMBER: 801-326-1600

RECRUITER EMAIL ADDRESS: dcragun@le.utah.gov

OVERTIME EXEMPT: Yes

SCHEDULE CODE: AN - Employees of the Legislature

SCHEDULE CODE DESCRIPTION: Schedule A or TL - At will: Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS POSITION PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER BY EMAIL TO
hr@le.utah.gov.

This is a career service exempt job. Employees placed in this position are appointed, non-classified, and exempt from 67-19-12. Employees provide administrative support and help for Utah State Representatives responding to constituents. Employees work closely with Representatives and staff assisting with organizing and originating correspondence, documentation, and other written communication; scheduling and coordinating meetings and appointments. Employees take and relay messages, respond to requests for information; and provide information and/or direct callers/visitors to appropriate individuals. Employees also assist Representatives with miscellaneous research and clerical support, and work with staff to provide solutions to constituent requests. Employees will not raise funds or perform campaign work for any state House race.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:

  • Work full-time during the 2019 General Legislative Session, under the direction of the House Minority Leader and staff, to coordinate and maximize print and social media exposure. The position may require some weekend work.

  • Work closely with caucus members, members of the media, advocates, lobbyists and stakeholders involved with the legislative process, under direction of the Minority Staff Director. 

  • Work under the direction of House Minority Leadership and staff to develop issues strategy, media plan, and messaging.

  • Assist Communications Specialist in writing and creating social media posts using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • Assist Communications Specialist in preparing, writing, and editing weekly caucus newsletters.

  • Assist Communications Specialist in researching, writing, and editing op-ed pieces for legislators.

  • Attend hearings and committee meetings during the legislative session and help the caucus to track important issues.

  • Work with Communications Specialist to organize press briefings and press contacts.

  • Work with Communications Specialist and caucus members to develop and coordinate communications on their specific issues.

  • Assist Communications Specialist in maintaining and updating the House Minority web site and blog, and social media.

  • Build rapport with members of the media, and organize media needs and provide public relations services, as needed.

  • Write or draft correspondence, reports, documents and other written materials.

  • Assist with research on various topics; assist with analyzing and summarizing results.

  • Other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of the latest trends and best practices for media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods including alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.

  • Ability to work with advocates and defend Democratic Caucus priorities with the news and other public media to include determining media strategy, writing press releases, and presenting information to wire services and reporters.

  • Experience with gathering and managing information or data in a clear and concise manner.

  • Utilizes proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Can operate a computer, copier, and other office equipment.

  • Strong computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Maintains strict confidentiality; work with multiple Representatives and maintain the trust and confidence of each.

  • Deals with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism. Follows principles, practices, and procedures of an office environment.

  • Experience in journalism, public relations, political science, or related field preferred.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking, standing; bending; carrying light items, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g. safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.


The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The State provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Department of Human Resource Management at (801) 538-3025 or TTY (801) 538-3696.