Careers – Communications Director

Communications Director

The Social Democrats are hiring a Communications Director to develop and implement a communications strategy to drive the growth and development of the party at local and national levels. This person will head-up external communications –  including broadcast, print and digital – and will work closely with the party leaders and General Secretary in fulfilling that function.

  • Applications should be emailed to [email protected]
  • Closing date for receipt of applications is 30th November 2016
  • Please attach a short CV and cover letter.


About the Social Democrats and the Role

The Social Democrats are a new Party and our immediate focus is on building a mainstream, progressive, social democratic force in Irish politics. As a senior member of our small but dedicated team, the Communications Director will play a central role in realising that aim by devising and implementing a strategy focused on growing the profile and reach of the party, nationally and locally.

The ideal candidate will have strong communications instincts and know-how, and will have a strong track record in developing and implementing effective communications strategies, as well as delivery in the day-to-day communications role. We value a strong work ethic and a dedication to bringing about real and meaningful political change. If this sounds like you, and if you feel you meet the requirements set out below, we look forward to hearing from you.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced university degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Candidates demonstrating equivalent professional experience or a combination of equivalent experience and undergraduate qualification may also be considered;
  • A minimum of five years’ communications experience, including liaising with national media outlets;
  • A good knowledge of the Irish national political context and a keen interest in current affairs;
  • Impeccable writing skills with a strong capacity to tailor the tone, content and form of written output in line with the intended audience;
  • Demonstrable experience of producing high quality materials for a range of audiences and outlets (e.g., formal policy papers, opinion pieces, press packs, social media content);
  • Demonstrable ability to produce high-quality output within a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Passion for social democratic politics;
  • Highly organised, capable of working to competing deadlines and responding efficiently and effectively to competing priorities;
  • A flexible approach to the hours and days of work. Due to the nature of the work involved, working hours can be unpredictable and subject to change.


Responsibilities Include

  • Acting as first point of contact for members of the media, national and regional, including responding to media enquiries and proactively promoting the party, its policy and campaigns, and its elected members with media outlets and journalists, particularly in the political sphere;
  • Monitoring media channel content and responding appropriately to the evolving media cycle – including responding effectively and appropriately to unfolding events in line with the stated policy and political position of the party;
  • Producing and circulating content across a range of mediums including, but not limited to press statements, briefing notes, policy papers and social media updates. This will include content tailored to both national and local audiences;
  • Delegating and overseeing production and circulation of such content where appropriate;
  • Working with the parliamentary party and its secretariat, as required, to:
    • Produce media briefing notes in advance of media appearances;
    • Identify priorities and opportunities for communications engagement;
    • Develop the Party’s digital strategy to expand reach and engagement with the Irish public. This includes making effective use of a range of social media platforms, and responding dynamically to new and emerging technologies.
    • Develop policy positions, work-programme priorities, and other matters that may arise;
  • Scheduling planned media output and engagement, and implementing the communications strategy – this includes delegating duties and overseeing members of staff;
  • Supporting the General Secretary, parliamentary party, other elected members and secretariat team as required (e.g. advice on internal communications, development of digital platform for membership facilitation, etc);
  • Providing communications support and training to elected representatives and others as appropriate;
  • Providing support to branches with their local communications efforts;
  • Reporting to the leadership team at regular intervals;
  • Related administrative, supervisory and other duties.


Basic Conditions of Employment

  • This is a fixed term appointment that expires one month after the next General Election. At that point the contract may be renewed at the discretion of the National Executive;
  • The position will be based in Dublin and will entail travel throughout the country as required;
  • Significant flexibility will be required in relation to working days and times;
  • Pay and other conditions will be set at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience.