Communications Coordinator

POSTED Oct 04 2017

Massachusetts Supreme Court
Boston, MA
Full Time

MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

Job Description and Qualifications
for
Communications Coordinator

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Supreme Judicial Court seeks a Communications Coordinator to support the work of its Public Information Office in its mission to educate and assist the media and the public to understand the role and function of the Massachusetts Courts. Reporting to the Public Information Officer and the Deputy Public Information Officer, the Communications Coordinator will play an important role as part of a small, fast-paced press office that serves as the media liaison for the Judicial Branch. This position requires a highly motivated, detail oriented individual with communications, critical thinking, and project management skills who thrives in a team environment.    

MAJOR DUTIES (include but not limited to):

  • Assist the Public Information Office in responding to inquiries from the news media as assigned by the Public Information Officer and/or Deputy Public Information Officer
  • Develop and draft press releases, media advisories, website content and other projects as assigned by the Public Information Officer and/or Deputy Public Information Officer, and distribute approved press releases, media advisories, reports, public court files, documents and any other approved materials to the news media by email
  • Assist with website writing, editing, posting and updating. Take the lead on large website projects as assigned by the Public Information Officer and/or Deputy Public Information Officer
  • Work with other court offices and departments to gather information necessary to fulfill media requests, as directed by the Public Information Officer and/or Deputy Public Information Officer; examine and analyze completeness of information provided and anticipate additional contextual information required; work precisely and efficiently to meet tight deadlines
  • Photograph events as assigned; edit and distribute photographs to internal and external contacts determined by the Public Information Officer and/or Deputy Public Information Officer
  • Perform administrative tasks as needed, which may include compiling daily news clips, answering phone calls, maintaining and updating media press lists, maintaining a daily list of media inquiries and photocopying

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Receives supervision from the Public Information Officer and Deputy Public Information Officer

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in English or Communications or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in communications, with media relations and/or government experience preferred.

Ability to use a variety of word processing and spreadsheet applications and a basic knowledge of document management, as well as a familiarity with conversion of print documents into electronic versions for online publication

Ability to learn and use web content management software (e.g., Drupal)

Demonstrated ability to:

  -  use critical thinking skills to analyze information

  -  show strong project management capacity with persistence to move assignments and projects forward amidst competing demands

  -  multi-task and work under pressure and on tight deadlines   

  -  work independently, collaboratively, and in complete confidentiality

  -  consistently use excellent written and oral communications skills  

  -  develop and maintain excellent professional working relationships
   
  -  work flexible hours as needed and travel to events on occasion

A criminal record, background, and reference check will be completed for this position.

RESIDENCY:

By statute, employees of the Massachusetts courts must be Massachusetts residents.

SALARY RANGE:

The salary range for this position is grade 14, $51,805.94 (step 1) to $68,290.39 (step 8).  New employees typically begin at or near step 1 and thereafter receive annual increases through step 8.

APPLICATION:

Submit cover letter, resume and completed application, available at: http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/sjc/docs/sjc-application.pdf , to Blanca Tosado at blanca.tosado@jud.state.ma.us. All application materials should be received by close of business on October 13, 2017.

Supreme Judicial Court Mission Statement: To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely, and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.


The Supreme Judicial Court is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.