Communications Director

Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin is searching for a Communications Director to join a growing team working to elect Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes as the next US Senator from Wisconsin. 

The Communications Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive statewide communications and media outreach strategy, creating and maintaining relationships with reporters and media outlets around the state, and working with the candidate and campaign team to communicate our message to voters across Wisconsin.  The Communications Director reports directly to the Campaign Manager.

The position is full-time and based in Madison, Wisconsin.


  • Develop a comprehensive communications plan and strategy to communicate with voters.
  • Build and manage relationships with reporters and news outlets at both the national and state level.
  • Work with the candidate and campaign team to create effective messages and messaging strategies that align with Lt. Governor Barnes’ vision and values. 
  • Organize and build press events, press conferences, press calls, and other in-person and virtual media events.
  • Coordinate media interviews and prepare the candidate, surrogates, and staff for media and other public appearances.
  • Work with the campaign team to design and implement both paid and earned media plans and strategies.
  • Serve as the on-the-record spokesperson for the campaign. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Campaign Manager. 


  • At least 4 years of campaign communications experience, or equivalent strategic communications experience with a political, electoral, organizing, or issue organization.
  • At least 1-2 years of on-the-record press experience.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with both the Wisconsin and National political press corps is strongly preferred. 
  • Experience working with constituency media outlets is strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and strict attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline.
  • Ability to work irregular hours.
  • Ideal candidate will have a commitment to equity, inclusivity, diversity, and progressive values.


  • Salary range: $7,500 – $8,500 monthly, based on experience.
  • Generous benefits package.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to with subject line “Communications Director”. 

Qualified people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, gender identities, marital status, religions, veterans statuses, and disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity workplace, The Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin campaign is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About Mandela Barnes

Mandela’s story is a uniquely American story. He was born in Milwaukee, in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip Codes in the state. A community starved of resources, but brimming with joy, resilience, and hardworking, brilliant people.

His mom was a Milwaukee school teacher for 30 years. His dad worked 3rd shift at the General Motors plant. They were both active union members organizing for better wages and defending workers’ rights. Their example showed him the importance of working hard and fighting for opportunity for everyone.

Mandela’s parents taught him the values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of a good education. They also taught him we can’t settle for what is, we have to reach for what can be. These lessons led Mandela to graduate Milwaukee public high schools at 16, and earn a degree from Alabama A&M University.

Mandela Barnes currently serves as Wisconsin’s 45th Lt. Governor. He is the first African-American Lt. Governor of Wisconsin and only the second African-American to be elected statewide in state.

As Lt. Governor, Mandela has worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic. Mandela has been central to the campaign to encourage communities across the state to get vaccinated, traveling to urban and rural areas to energize Wisconsin’s recovery.

Governor Evers recognized Mandela’s expertise and years of work on environmental issues by appointing him as Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force brought together a diverse coalition of farmers, environmental advocates, Indigenous leaders, and business executives and produced 55 concrete strategies for how Wisconsin can begin to address the climate crisis.

Sadly, politicians like Ron Johnson are standing in the way of progress. Johnson has turned his back on Wisconsin, instead peddling wild conspiracy theories and cynical attacks that divide us for political gain.  

Mandela is running for the United States Senate because when things get tough, we shouldn’t lower our expectations. Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Mandela will bring a new perspective to Washington, to fight for opportunity for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin, regardless of their ZIP code. 

Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Mandela was elected to the State Assembly where he emerged as a champion on issues of the environment, economy, education, racial justice, and health care. He became the chair of the legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus in his first term, became a national leader on gun violence prevention, and was recognized as one of the top pro-growth progressive leaders in the country. He also worked as a community organizer in Milwaukee and served as Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement for the State Innovation Exchange, sharing progressive best practices with state legislatures across the country.

 Mandela serves on the Governor’s Health Equity Council, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Wisconsin Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability, and the statewide 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.