Press Secretary

Mandela Barnes for Senate is hiring a Press Secretary to join our Communications team if we are successful in the August 9 Democratic Senate primary. This is a great opportunity to join a top tier senate race and work for one of the most exciting candidates this cycle.  This is a full-time, paid position based in Madison, WI. 

The Press Secretary will be responsible for handling incoming press inquiries, managing relationships with Wisconsin print, TV, and radio reporters. The Press Secretary will support TV booking for the candidate and surrogates and will pitch proactive press stories to state and local media outlets with supervision from the Communications Director. 

The ideal candidate has experience liaising with the press and an understanding of what TV, print, and radio reporters need for successful stories. They are organized and energetic with the ability to manage their own workflow and manage up when needed. Wisconsin ties and experience working with a campaign are a plus. This position will report to the Communications Director. 

This position is eligible to be part of the CWG bargaining unit.

Responsibilities

  • Managing incoming press requests 
  • Booking the candidate and surrogates on state and national TV 
  • Building and managing relationships with state TV, print, and radio reporters 
  • Pitching proactive stories to state press 
  • Managing press needs and recruitment for campaign events

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience in communications work on a political campaign, government press office, in an advocacy environment, or similar  
  • Experience working with the press 
  • Experience leading communications projects
  • Superior organization and project management skills 
  • Wisconsin ties a plus
  • Nontraditional applicable work experience welcome

Compensation

  • Salary: $6,000/month
  • Benefits: Full employer paid health, dental, and vision. Employees accrue two days of vacation time per month

To Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@mandelabarnes.com with the subject line “MB4W Press Assistant: First Name Last Name”

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.

www.mandelabarnes.com