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Press Secretary for the Team Rebuilding Congress

How to Apply
Visit The OpenGov Foundation’s job application website (http://bit.ly/OpenGovPressSecretary) and submit the following:
A current resume including references and reference contact information;
An original cover letter describing your background, your interest in joining The OpenGov Foundation, your salary and benefits requirements, and who your model communicator is (real, live communicators are best);
Two writing samples—including one recent press release, published op-ed or publicly-delivered speech, and one example of your long-form writing. You can upload more than two if you would like.

About Us
The OpenGov Foundation (www.opengovfoundation.org) is a fiercely apolitical non-profit 501(c)3 organization transforming America’s legislatures into the 21st century government institutions they must become. Our mission is to open up American laws, legislation, and the lawmaking process online so that everyone can see, understand, and shape the policies that affect their lives, their families and their businesses.

We believe that when government reflects the views of the people, democracy works. We build the technology to make that possible.

The three main programs of The OpenGov Foundation are:
Building the technology, the policy and new business processes for the first-ever digital legislature in partnership with the City of Chicago (IL) (http://opengovfoundation.org/how-were-turning-inefficiency-into-opportunity-with-the-chicago-city-council/);
Launching a Congressional Digital Service to upgrade the broken systems and paper-based processes of the U.S. House and Senate; and
Helping to lead and grow the Free Law Founders coalition (http://freelawfounders.org/) of state and local officials working towards the same efficient, effective and open legislatures as we are. The coalition currently counts 28 members spanning from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

We are looking for a strong, passionate and hardworking communicator to help tell our powerful story of building more efficient, effective and open government in partnership with elected officials, staff and the citizens they serve.

About You
Ask yourself:
Are you a talented communicator who is passionate about creating legislatures that serve better, spend less and get the job done for their citizens?
Do you care about the future of our country, enjoy public speaking, effectively writing and pitching stories to the press?
Are you excited about how civic engagement, innovation and modern technology can create more informed, engaged communities that are more inclusive and accessible for everyone?
Are you interested in how new technologies can create powerful social change, while helping to change America’s toxic civic climate and political discourse?
Do you love connecting with others, and finding the most effective way to tell a story?
Are you social-media-savvy, an engaging and versatile writer, and handy with video and photography?

If you answered yes, then The OpenGov Foundation is the place for your communications talents. We would love to hear from you. If you are ready to start a discussion with us, please click here (http://bit.ly/OpenGovPressSecretary) to get rolling on Screendoor.

Summary
You will work closely with The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director Seamus Kraft (http://twitter.com/seamuskraft) and Chief of Staff Meag Doherty (https://twitter.com/emdohh)—as well as our Board of Directors, Advisors and key partners—to develop and execute press, digital, and external relations strategies in a fast-paced, rewarding and high-growth environment. You will have a large and loyal audience on day one, and will be able to grow quickly into the position, earning greater responsibilities and rewards.

Note: If you are new to the world of civic technology and open government, the position bears striking resemblance to that of a Press Secretary or Communications Director in the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, or in a campaign environment.

Key Responsibilities
As the Press Secretary and Communications Lead for The OpenGov Foundation, you would:

Build and manage relationships with local, national, and tech reporters in order to share our story;
Draft and place op-eds, promotional materials, and presentations;
Manage and grow our existing communications platforms, including our social media accounts—Twitter (http://twitter.com/foundopengov) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Opengovfoundation/) — blog (http://opengovfoundation.org/news/), and newsletter, and proactively seek new ways to promote the organization’s work;
Develop and execute a communications calendar, and individual communications plans, in concert with the Executive Director, Chief of Staff and key partners;
Manage relationships with current partner organizations and government officials, and strategically grow The OpenGov Foundation family;
Coordinate special projects and events, including legislative crowdsourcing initiatives and hackathons;
Help to develop, execute and share powerful digital storytelling pieces like infographics and video.

Required Qualifications
While we are excited to hear from talented, driven communicators from all backgrounds and walks of life, we would like you to bring the following experience to the table:

At least 1-2 years experience in nonprofit, advocacy, or political communications;
Excellent written and oral communications skills, with an emphasis on persuasive writing;
A proven ability to pitch stories to the press (print, online, radio and TV), and a relentless love for getting a great story out to readers, viewers and listeners;
Strong experience developing and executing digital communications (social media, infographics, video);
Ability to work with a small, tight-knit team of equals in an emerging field; ability to take initiative and execute projects with minimal oversight;
Flexibility; willingness to experiment and to grow on the job;
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications
It would be a bonus if you have:

Trusted working relationships with technology, innovation and open government reporters, as well as with state, local and national political reporters;
A background, or strong interest, in civic technology, open government, and open data;
Familiarity with agile project management and web development;
Experience in public speaking or sales.

Required Application Materials
To be considered for The OpenGov Foundation’s Press Secretary and Communications Lead position, you must submit the following using Screendoor (the online system we use for managing applications):
A current resume including references and reference contact information;
An original cover letter describing your background, your interest in joining The OpenGov Foundation, your salary and benefits requirements, and who your model communicator is (real, live communicators are best);
Two writing samples—including one recent press release, published op-ed or publicly-delivered speech, and one example of your long-form writing. You can upload more than two if you would like.

Optional Applications Materials
Video of you communicating on camera (e.g. speeches you have delivered on camera, or press conferences you have run that are taped, or a television interview you have conducted).
Additional writing samples beyond the two required.

See Our Internal Employee, Legal & Salary Documents
The OpenGov Foundation operates in the open, which means that you can see all of our internal and legal documents online.
Click here (https://github.com/opengovfoundation/hr-manual) for our current employee handbook and onboarding materials;
Click here (https://github.com/opengovfoundation/hr-resources) for additional human resources documents; and
Click here (https://github.com/opengovfoundation/legal-information/blob/master/staff-salary.csv) for current employee salaries.

Sample Video & News Stories from The OpenGov Foundation
Get a taste of our voice and our current communications approach by checking out these sample pieces news stories and videos. Click here (http://opengovfoundation.org/news/) to read all of our communications work and press coverage. And click here (https://twitter.com/foundopengov) to find us on Twitter (@FoundOpenGov).

Roll Call: Congress is for Hackers
http://www.rollcall.com/hill-blotter/hacking-congress-with-lawmaker-support/
The White House: Announcing the US Public Participation Playbook
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/03/announcing-us-public-participation-playbook
Baltimore Sun Editorial: Opening Maryland Government
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-open-government-20130817-story.html
Wired Magazine: Out in the Open: Hackers Bring Lawmaking Into the 21st Century
http://www.wired.com/2013/10/madison-project/
Washington Post: DC Decoded Offers Better Public Access to D.C.’s Laws
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2014/03/19/dcdecoded-org-offers-better-public-access-to-d-c-laws/
Government Executive: Open Gov Backers Launch “Free Law” Coalition
http://m.govexec.com/state-local/2014/07/free-law-founders-open-data-nyc-san-francisco-dc-chicago-boston/88858/
[VIDEO] The Verge’s “Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian”

[VIDEO] Meet Madison: Giving You A Direct Voice in Government

[VIDEO] America Decoded: Free, Open & Online Access to Your Laws

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