Communications Opening in Governor’s Office The Office of Governor Mark Dayton is seeking a talented writer to serve in a fast-paced

communications department. This position is responsible for developing content that clearly communicates the Administration’s strategic agenda, priorities and results to Minnesotans. Examples of Duties:    Serve as lead content writer including news releases, op/eds, talking points, speeches, public documents, web content and other projects as assigned. Serve as day-to-day liaison for agencies; both managing press inquiries and seeking out proactive opportunities for advancing the administrations message. Serve as primary point of contact for Lieutenant Governor, including writing speeches, talking points, booking and staffing interviews, and pitching stores on the Administration’s priorities Plan and execute press events for Administration officials

Qualifications:           Candidates must hold a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in communications, public relations, journalism, political science or other related field. Have a background working in communications for at least two years. Experience writing speeches, op-eds, press releases and talking points. Experience “on-the-record” and pitching to the media is preferred. Possess strong writing, editing, and research skills. Ability to think creatively and articulate strong messages. Experience with press event planning and implementation. Ability to work collaboratively; problem solver. Be savvy in new media and social networking. Skilled in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and website content management

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and two writing samples: one long form (ex. a speech or long form writing piece) and one short form (ex. press release or news article) before 5 P.M. on November 14th to Bob Hume, Deputy Chief of Staff, at bob.hume@state.mn.us.