LPHQ job postings: Press Secretary, Candidate Support Specialist



via LP.org:

The Libertarian Party is seeking a Press Secretary who shares our love of liberty and will help the Libertarian Party succeed as a vehicle for implementing libertarian policies.

Job Description:

The Press Secretary monitors breaking news and prepares responses from a Libertarian perspective. In addition to responding to what’s already happening, a highly successful Press Secretary will help the Libertarian Party and its candidates generate news worthy to Americans that gets picked up my major media outlets. We need a Press Secretary that can cut through the silly partisan personal dramas most mainstream news organizations waste so much time on, and instead, lead them into serious discussions that will help promote Libertarian solutions. Ultimately, the job of the Press Secretary is to help move public policy in a more Libertarian direction which will improve the lives of Americans and the entire world. The Press Secretary reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Libertarian National Committee Chair.

Job Duties:

(a.) Collaborate with leadership to choose relevant topics, write press releases, and get them reviewed and approved by our Advertising Publications and Review Committee. Load press releases into the email system and send. Post press releases to LP.org and social media.
(b.) Get our party leadership and candidates in front of the public via earned media. Provide talking points. Proactively reach out to the press, develop relationships, and book interviews for the Libertarian Party’s officers, candidates, and staff (including yourself).
(c.) Improve and manage our list of media contacts.
(d.) Track and report media hits.

Qualifications:

(a.) Former work as a press secretary, communications director, policy writer, or closely related work is desired.
(b.) Former work as a political reporter is a big plus.
(c.) Must be knowledgeable about libertarian principles and policies and be able to write about them and discuss them effectively and positively on live broadcasts.
(d.) Excellent writing skills required. You may get some editing assistance from other staff, but you need to be able to do the research and write 95% of the content for press releases and other talking points.
(e.) All communications must comply with our party’s platform. Please read it carefully and make sure you are willing and able to defend and promote these policies effectively: https://www.lp.org/platform/

Work Environment:

The national Libertarian Party has nearly 20,000 dues-paying members, supports 50 state affiliates, and our affiliates run hundreds of candidates for public office every election cycle. There are over 500,000 registered Libertarians, and around 700,000 people “Like” our Facebook page.

Known as the Party of Principle, the LP has a proud history of always trying to champion liberty on every issue. However, our diverse stakeholders don’t always agree on the best communications for championing liberty. The Libertarian Party’s Press Secretary will be a high profile position who’s work and words are subject to intense scrutiny, both by friends of the Libertarian Party, and foes. The Press Secretary needs to be wise enough to avoid causing too much internal conflict, have thick enough skin to endure occasional waves of complaints, and be sensitive enough to be good at bringing upset constituencies back into the fold.

It will be typical for nine out of ten pieces to generate just a few compliments and complaints from members–while the tenth might elicit several complaints by phone, dozens of email complaints to you and our board members, and thousands of negative comments on our Facebook accounts. Libertarians are not shy about providing feedback and our Press Secretary has to handle and respond to this internal feedback professionally. You will be getting paid for this job, while many of the complaints come from members who aren’t paid. Members volunteer their time and donate money to pay for your job; you work for them.

Occasional travel may be required, especially if you’re successful. Must have a flexible work schedule. Sometimes work will be required at nights and on the weekends to keep up with breaking issues.

Compensation:

This is intended to be a full-time salaried position in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, depending on experience. Given that pay range, we’re looking for someone truly motivated to change the world.

How to apply:

1. Send an email to jobs2017@lp.org with the subject: Press Secretary.

2. Attach a resume. Also include either in the body of the email or as an attached cover letter your thoughts on why you would be a good fit for this position. Please include samples of your past work (either as attachments or links to work posted online). If you only have a few years of experience, that’s okay, but that makes it especially important for you to provide examples of your recent work.

3. If we think you might be a good fit, we’ll follow up with you by phone or email for an interview. Please do not call our office to discuss the position unless we ask you to.

4. Optional: include a draft press release (200 to 600 words) relevant for sending today or tomorrow. The Press Secretary will be expected to generate content quickly–often up to 3 short pieces per week.


The Libertarian Party is seeking a Candidate Support Specialist who will help recruit a record number of Libertarian Party candidates nationwide for the 2018 election cycle. You will help all candidates run more effective campaigns, and help identify specific opportunities where Libertarians can win elections.

Job Description:

Libertarian Party candidates are the true heroes of the Libertarian Party and often become the face of the party to their communities. When Libertarians win their races, they have the opportunity to implement Libertarian policies directly. For Libertarians that run and don’t win, they nevertheless help educate the public on Libertarian policies and help build a base for future victories. Nothing does more to turn a couch potato into a super activist than putting them on the ballot for public office. Your job is to inspire more people to run for office, and to help more Libertarians win elections. The Candidate Support Specialist reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with many state chairs.

Job Duties:

(a.) Design and implement a plan to increase the number of elected Libertarians nationwide. All plans, including spending, have to be approved by the LNC Chair or Executive Director, and must fall within budgets set by the Libertarian National Committee (LNC). The LNC can amend budgets for worthy projects. Our current list of elected officials is here: https://www.lp.org/elected-officials-2/
(b.) Contact state chairs to get buy-in. Learn enough of the specific election laws and nominating procedures that apply to each state.
(c.) Provide campaign management guides, candidate brochure and other publication templates, and other materials to help improve the quality and productivity of each Libertarian candidate.
(d.) Track and report results on all Libertarian candidates.

Qualifications:

(a.) Former work as a campaign manager, candidate recruiter, and candidate is a plus.
(b.) Must be knowledgeable about libertarian principles and policies and be able to provide talking points to candidates.

Work Environment:

The national Libertarian Party has nearly 20,000 dues-paying members, supports 50 state affiliates, and our affiliates run hundreds of candidates for public office every election cycle. With your help, that number will be over 2,000 candidates nationwide in 2018.

The national Libertarian Party is not a top-down organization. Our fifty state affiliates have control over their own candidate recruitment and nomination processes. You won’t be barking orders to our state affiliates. You will have to convince state and local affiliates to support your priorities, and get permission to get involved in their internal candidate recruitment and nomination processes.

The Libertarian base is substantially smaller than the base of the two older parties which makes every aspect of campaigns, from recruitment to funding, especially challenging. The activeness and preparedness of our state and local affiliates varies greatly across the nation. The Candidate Support Specialist must recognize that reality, adapt accordingly, and not let the desire for perfection get in the way of progress and growth. We’re not expecting to overrun the two older parties nationwide in one election cycle. On the other hand, any local weaknesses are no excuse for failing to improve our overall results nationwide. You’ve got to find a way to get the job done.

Given your job to work with all candidates nationwide, you’ll need to recruit a team of volunteers to help you out with the detailed work.

Occasional travel will be required and you must have a flexible work schedule since you’ll be dealing with party leadership and candidates that have day jobs. Many Libertarian Party activist do their volunteer work at nights and on the weekends.

It is preferred that the Candidate Support Specialist works on location at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but we will make other arrangements for the right candidate.

Compensation:

This is intended to be a full-time salaried position in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, depending on experience.
How to apply:

1. Send an email to jobs2017@lp.org with the subject: Candidate Support Specialist.

2. Attach a resume. Also include your thoughts on why you would be a good fit for this position, either in the body of the email, or as an attached cover letter. Feel free to include other supporting documents.

3. If we think you might be a good fit, we’ll follow up with you by phone or email for an interview. Please do not call our office to discuss the position unless we ask you to.

9 thoughts on “LPHQ job postings: Press Secretary, Candidate Support Specialist

  1. Starchild

    These job announcements are well worded as far as they go, and I’m glad to see them posted here, but one thing they should state clearly is that the Libertarian Party cares about transparency and accountability to its members, and therefore salary information, job performance, and other staff matters may not be kept private beyond what’s required by law.

    If someone is not comfortable having such matters related to their employment disclosed to party members and discussed publicly, I would caution that a position as a paid LP employee may not be a good fit for them.

    Love & Liberty,
    ((( starchild )))
    At-Large Representative, Libertarian National Committee
    (415) 625-FREE

  2. paulie

    I think you mean what the policy should be. As far as I know, it is not currently the policy of the LP to publicly discuss employee job performance and salaries, except for what is required on FEC reports.

  3. Andy

    I wonder if they will hire non-libertarian mercenaries for these positions. Since some in the LP don’t seem to care if there are actual libertarians interacting with the public during the course of ballot access petition drives, why care about having actual libertarians working in the positions of Press Secretary and Candidate Support Specialist? Just hire anyone, Democrat, Republican, non-ideological mercenary out to make a buck, who cares?

    Maybe they could see who will work the cheapest, regardless of ideology. While they are at it, they should cut the salaries of everyone who works for the LP national office, and if any of them don’t like it, replace them with a non-libertarian mercenary who will work cheaper. Move the office out of the DC metro area as well. They could put the national office in a trailer somewhere out in the boonies, and staff if with non-libertarian mercenaries who work cheap. Maybe they could outsource LP office staff jobs to people in India or some place like that. Sounds like a good idea to me.

    (THE ABOVE COMMENTS ARE ABOUT HIRING NON-LIBERTARIAN MERCENARIES TO WORK FOR THE NATIONAL OFFICE ARE MEANT TO BE SARCASTIC, BUT I DO QUESTION THE WISDOM OF THE OVER-PRICED OFFICE BUILDING IN THE DC METRO AREA, GIVEN THAT THE LP IS HAVING ZERO IMPACT IN DC POLITICS, AND GIVEN THAT THIS IS NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE ANYTIME SOON.)

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Thank you Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for helping the LP afford their new digs!

  5. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    June 12, 2017 at 11:21
    Thank you Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for helping the LP afford their new digs!”

    The sun came up today. Thank you Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for making the sun rise!

  6. Tony From Long Island

    I’m not sure increased revenue is responsible for the sunrise.

  7. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    June 12, 2017 at 14:00
    I’m not sure increased revenue is responsible for the sunrise.”

    Increased revenue from what, a and compared to what? The office purchase talk was going on long before Johnson/Weld, and the LNC set up a separate fund to pay for the office. Johnson/Weld had little to nothing to do with this.

    The number of dues paying LP members was higher than it is today 17 years ago, as was LNC fundraising, especially if you adjust for inflation, and if you take population growth into consideration, LP dues paying membership is an even more insignificant portion of the population than it was 17 years ago.

    The circumstances of the presidential election were the most favorable under which the Libertarian Party has ever fielded a presidential ticket, so the party could have run just about anyone for President and Vice President, and they would have gotten more votes than normal for an LP presidential ticket. Jill Stein from the Green Party only qualified for the ballot in 44 states plus DC, and she received over 1.4 million votes. Evan McMullin jumped in the race very late, and only qualified for the ballot in 10 states, yet he received over 700,000 votes. Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party only qualified for the ballot in 24 states, and he ran on a shoe string budget, yet he still received over 200,000 votes.

    Johnson/Weld under-performed in the election if anything.

    Johnson/Weld also hurt the party’s credibility, more than some of you people realize. I have been on the streets gathering petition signatures in multiple states before and after the 2016 election, and I have heard more negative comments about the LP’s presidential ticket than I’ve ever heard, even surpassing the negative comments about the Barr/Root ticket from 2008. These negative comments aren’t due to Johnson/Weld having strong libertarian principles, they are about their LACK of libertarian principles, and they are also about Johnson coming off as an unprepared doofus on national television. Even among those who said that they voted for Johnson/Weld, most of the comments I’m getting about them are lukewarm, as most of the people who voted for them did so as a protest vote against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and even most of these people view the Johnson/Weld campaign as having been a disappointment.

    If anyone out there does not believe me about this, or if you think that I’m am exaggerating, then come out in the field with me on a petition drive and you can find out for yourself. Just within the last week I heard multiple negative comments about Johnson/Weld.

    I brought this up here before, but one of the “big donors” to emerge last year for the Libertarian Party was Christy Walton, one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune. She donated the maximum contribution to the LNC, which I think is around $34,000, and she also made the maximum contribution a person can make to a presidential campaign, which I believe is $2,900 (or something like that). I’m not sure if she contributed to any Super PACs that supported Johnson/Weld (I think that there were two of them). Now some may thing, “Well this is great, Christy Walton is a Libertarian now! You see, this is a sign that the Libertarian Party is getting ahead.” If you believe this, you are pretty damn naive. I’d bet that Christy Walton does not give a rat’s ass about the Libertarian Party, or the libertarian philosophy. Remember, she’s part of a company that has built its empire on corporate welfare and eminent domain. If you look at Wal-Mart’s political donations and lobbying efforts, it is in favor of an ever expanding government (Wal-Mart actually sent lobbyists to DC to lobby against cutting food stamps, since Wal-Mart is the biggest profiteer from food stamps out of all food retailers). Wal-Mart also donated money to Top Two Primary efforts, which take Libertarian Party candidates off of ballot during general elections. It should be pretty obvious that the donations from Christy Walton were NOT because she wanted to advance the cause of liberty, but rather because she was trying to swing the election to Hillary Clinton (keep in mind that Wal-Mart is based out of Arkansas, where the Clintons obviously have a long history).

    Taking money from anti-liberty scum to run candidates who severely water down, and/or run against, the Libertarian Party’s platform, and who even go so far as to gush over one of their election opponents (Hillary Clinton), is not a sign of a party that is successful, it is a sign of a party that has compromised itself by throwing its stated principles out the window.

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