Director of Communications
Tennessee State Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts, in Nashville, is seeking an experienced and qualified leader for the position of Director of Communications responsible for professional media relations, public information activities, and internal communication functions of the Tennessee Judicial branch. The position reports to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The Director of Communications will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
The Director of Communications will serve, when appropriate, as the spokesperson for the Judicial branch, the AOC, or individual Judges. Highly professional Communication skills as well as exceptional, legal writing skills are core competencies of this position. Strong experience in developing relationships with a variety of internal and external constituencies (state and local government entities, national organizations, private enterprise, the state bar, the media, the public, law schools, nonprofit and legal service organizations) is critical to this position. Ability to develop excellent working relationships with the media, departmental officials and staff, government officials, and members of the public is essential.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or closely related field is required. Graduation from Law School with a Juris Doctorate is preferred. The successful candidate should have five or more years of full-time work in the area of professional journalism/public relations and/or in a field directly related to the justice system along with experience in supervision of other staff members.
Applicants will need to submit a writing sample, and will be asked to complete a writing assessment (if invited to interview) and provide a portfolio that exhibits the ability to coordinate multiple, complex projects while monitoring day to day operations of a complex communications office.
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