Company: Cannabis Control Commission

Job description:

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

Under the direction of the Director of Communications and in collaboration with the Senior Press Secretary and other team members, manages the Commission’s media relations strategy, enhances the organization’s public reputation, and monitors for messaging opportunities.  The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, detail-oriented and exercises good judgment in a variety of situations with the ability to handle a range of tasks under pressure in a dynamic environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the design and implementation of the Commission’s strategic communications plan;
  • Write and edit press releases, media advisories, op-eds, web and social media content, speeches, presentations, and other external and internal communications that raise the Commission’s visibility and enhance the agency’s brand, reputation, and voice;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local, state, and national press, partner regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders to develop innovative communication opportunities that promote Massachusetts’ safe, equitable, and effective cannabis marketplace;
  • Develop and accomplish outbound media pitches to garner proactive, positive press about agency updates and news;
  • Monitor relevant news stories and compile daily press clips that identify emerging media trends regarding the Commission, the Commonwealth, and the cannabis industry;
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, organize and manage press conferences, media availabilities as appropriate, media training, and preparation for public speaking engagements and interviews;
  • Manage crisis communications planning in collaboration with Commissioners, Executive Director, Director of Communications, and other relevant Commission staff;
  • Develop opportunities for Commissioners and staff to engage with the public and serve as subject matter experts, including but not limited to speaking opportunities, interviews, and panel discussions at organized events, media engagements, conferences, and other public-facing appearances;
  • Support the design and production of Commission reports, presentations, educational materials, and other collateral;
  • Collaborate with the Communications team and other staff to plan, implement, and promote public awareness campaigns; and
  • Manage Commission internal communications in collaboration with Communications, Operations, and Human Resources staff.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain the highest standards of personal, professional and ethical conduct and support the Commission’s goals for a diverse and culturally aware workforce;
  • Work with the Director of Communications, Executive Director, and Commissioners to ensure consistent, on-brand messaging throughout integrated communication channels;
  • Support the Director of Communications in managing the Commission’s editorial content calendar to ensure all deadlines are met;
  • Maintain the Commission’s publicity plan in line with the Communications team’s budget;
  • Attend public meetings and hearings that directly impact the Commission’s communications, marketing, and outreach, and manage relevant media inquiries and/or availabilities with subject matter experts;
  • Ability to work in and travel to the Commission’s headquarters in Worcester; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

 KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Strong critical and strategic thinking;
  • Excellent communicator with strong writing and presenting skills;
  • Sound project management and proofreading skills, with sharp attention to detail;
  • Solid organizational habits, proficient at managing multiple projects at the same time.
  • Expert computer (i.e. Word, Excel, Access) and design skills (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, Publisher, WordPress);
  • Self-starter with strong interpersonal traits who is comfortable working independently as well as with teams;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast pace environment;
  • Ability to contribute actively to a work environment that embraces diversity;
  • Ability to build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, integrity, cooperation, and mutual regard;
  • Ability to accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and for meeting expectations; and
  • Ability to seek opportunities to resolve problems, achieve goals, or otherwise advance the Commission’s mission.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in media, public relations, or communications;
  • Experience managing crisis communications;
  • Proven ability to design and/or manage a publicity campaign; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Salary Range:                 $70,000 – $80,000

Benefits Package:

The Commission is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees.  The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week and other variables.  Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.

This position is non-civil service.  This position is an exempt position.

The overall benefits available include: paid vacation, sick and personal leave time, health, dental and vision insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance, and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.

In addition, the Commission provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long-term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.

The Commission employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service.  Follow this link for additional retirement information: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/.

Commitment to Diversity:

The Commission is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. The Commission is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Process and Deadline:

The Commission encourages interested candidates that meet the minimum requirements for experience and skills to apply for this position.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail no later than Friday, December 2, 2022.  The application package should be submitted to:

careers@cccmass.com

Please include the position title in the subject line:  CCC – Press Secretary

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm (e-mail) on Friday, December 2, 2022; late submissions may be considered solely at the discretion of the Commission.

Notice of Required Background Check – Including Tax Compliance:

The Commission requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment.

Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such background check is not initiated until:

  1. A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview, and
  2. The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases.

This background check includes a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, Federal IRS and Department of Revenue state tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.  In addition, this position requires pre-employment physical exam.

Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified.  Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted in the course of completing a full background and qualification check.

Those candidates invited to interview will be contacted by the Commission.  Unfortunately, due to the anticipated high volume of applicants for this vacancy, we are unable to provide status updates to specific individuals.

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: No

Salary range: $70,000 – $80,000

Location: Worcester Massachusetts

Apply: careers@cccmass.com

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