STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Deputy Press Secretary

Executive Office Administrative Aide 1

Recruitment #240125-3551EX-001

Introduction



The Office of the Governor of Connecticut is currently hiring a Deputy Press Secretary in Hartford, CT. This is an executive level position reporting to the Governor's Office Greater Communications Team.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: 
The person in this role will collaborate with the greater communications team in a fast-paced environment to proactively highlight the administration’s accomplishments and policy agenda. This position will also work closely with other departments within the office, like constituent services, legislative, policy, and operations.

This position will contribute to daily operations in the office including:
  • Drafting briefing memos and talking points for the Governor
  • Staffing the Governor at public events
  • Working with all members of the communications team to develop messaging and communication strategies that align with the Governor’s priorities and tone
  • Help develop the office’s digital and social media strategy

This is a unique position as no two days are ever the same and requires someone who is entrepreneurial and highly creative. Ability to work well with others, willingness to take initiative, manage competing priorities, and turn around high-quality products under tight deadlines are a must.

BENEFITS AND BALANCE AT THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

Work for a Forbes top company - ‘Forbes’: State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

 We can offer you: 

  • Competitive starting salary
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
  • A work culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance to all employees
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information
  • Learn more about what sets us apart as an employer with our Employer Value Proposition
POSITION DETAILS:
  • Full-Time, 40 hours/week
  • On-site at the State Capitol building
  • First Shift
  • Weekend work and unpredictable hours required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Appointed by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3-1 and 5-198 (10) and (18) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

THINKING OF RELOCATING?

Connecticut offers you a blend of professional advancement and a high-quality lifestyle. As a state we are renowned for our top-tier medical facilities and ample opportunities for career growth and development. Beyond professional prospects, Connecticut boasts a high standard of living, featuring safe communities, excellent schools, and a diverse range of cultural and recreational activities. This combination of professional excellence and a well-rounded lifestyle make Connecticut an appealing destination for those who want to thrive both in their careers and personal lives.

There are so many things to love about living, working, and playing in our state including these Key Facts and Figures:

  • #4 in the U.S. for employees with advanced degrees
  • #3 in the country for quality of K-12 education
  • #5 for quality of life in the U.S.
  • 2,000 miles of hiking/bike paths
  • 618 miles of scenic coastline
  • 21 world-class art museums
  • Five Tony-Award winning regional theatres, and more!

Check out CTVisit; they share so much valuable information on what it's like to work, play and live in our state!

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
For Assistance In Applying:
  • Please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!
Important Information After You Apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse, at Hayley.Newhouse@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Office of the Governor or Lieutenant Governor, serves as an assistant in a wide variety of administrative, staff or liaison functions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 3 years of experience working on a communications team or in the public sector
  • Experience with digital and social media management 
  • Advanced writing and editorial skills, including experience writing succinct talking points, briefing memos, social media content, and other materials, and experience translating complex issues and topics 
  • Experience establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them
  • Experience speaking to and interacting with the news media
  • Experience with project and time management  
  • Experience working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment 
  • Experience working for extended periods of time without much instruction 
  • Experience prioritizing tasks and determining what is most important in a busy day-to-day environment
  • Strong sense of professionalism 
  • Passion for public service and improving the State of Connecticut for our residents

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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