Communications Specialist Job Opening at State of Tennessee in Nashville January 2019

Tennessee Department of State

Capitol Office


The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-centered environment.

Supervisor: Director of Communications

Summary: Responsible for assisting the Director of Communications in overseeing, managing, and directing communication efforts on behalf of the Department of State.


  • Responsible for curating, monitoring and growing department social media platforms.
  • Responsible for monitoring department media placements or mentions.
  • Maintain consistent contact with department management and leadership in order to effectively gather and disseminate content.
  • Compose and editing internal and external communications and media outreach efforts.
  • Assist with routine department website updates.
  • Responsible for developing strategies to leverage social media platforms in order to communicate effectively with the public or other external audiences.
  • In the absence of the Director of Communications, handle all levels of media relations for the department.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a journalism or communications-related field.
  • At least three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience preferably in a relevant communications, media, or public sector environment.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to think and produce creative work.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, and a strong command of the English language.
  • Ability to follow department (AP) style writing.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively internally and externally with the general public, government officials, and media personnel.
  • Possess a high attention to detail.
  • Possess a strong understanding of social media platforms and the ability to utilize applicable technology.
  • Possess general knowledge and understanding of state government and the legislative process.
  • Ability to manage challenges with practical and effective lasting solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage various tasks throughout the day.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with state or federal legislative office experience.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Job Type: Full-time


  • communications, media, or public sector: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

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