Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
October 25, 2022
1001 Vandalay Dr, Frankfort, Kentucky
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Communications Director

Join the Kentucky Court of Justice Team!
Where Your Dedication Can Make a Difference

The Kentucky Judicial Branch offers exciting career opportunities with the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and the state courts that operate in all 120 counties.

We provide the many benefits of state government employment, including generous vacation and sick time, health insurance and a retirement plan. Our work environment values diversity and inclusion and we’re committed to fair and equal treatment, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We also promote a healthy work/life balance.

Nearly 3,300 personnel support 406 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks in carrying out court programs and handling the 900,000 cases that flow through Kentucky courtrooms each year. We’re looking for high-quality, dedicated employees to help us provide equal access to justice to those who are exercising their constitutional rights and privileges.

The Kentucky Court of Justice is one of the commonwealth’s finest achievements. Working for the Judicial Branch is a high calling and one of great importance.

About this role:
Reporting directly to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts and working closely with the Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, Justices of the Supreme Court, and members of the Court of Appeals, the Communications Director provides strategic media relations, public affairs, and broader communications assistance to advance organization-wide initiatives and keep the public informed about the work of the courts. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and serves as the spokesperson for the organization, relaying information both internally and externally.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategic communications: Develop and execute comprehensive communication plans and strategies to effectively deliver the organization's message and support its members. Analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions.
Message development: Lead the writing and strategic development of materials for the Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, to include talking points, media materials, and communications such as media advisories, press releases, fact sheets, op-eds, speeches, presentations, etc.
Stakeholder engagement: Maintain a positive relationship with and serve as the point of contact for internal project teams, government agencies, members of the press, and other media. Assist with the planning of media events and other convening of representatives of the Courts. Speak with public and media stakeholders to answer questions and gather information. Arrange interviews between organization leadership and public stakeholders or members of the media. Facilitates with Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals members, coordinating judicial investitures, portrait dedications, media relating to oral arguments and photography.
Departmental oversight: Manage the Communications department including the Creative Services Division. Provide oversight of personnel, develop and maintain communications policies, ensure continuity of operations, and participate in budget planning.
Digital engagement: Strategically deploy digital tools and social platforms including interactive web tools, surveys, email marketing, social media campaigns, live streamed events, etc. Remain knowledgeable of and leverage relevant communication platforms to promote agency messages.
Publications Management: Oversee print production of the Kentucky Court of Justice library of print and digital publications. Responsibilities include graphic design, writing and editing to ensure communications and materials meet Judicial Branch standards of quality, accuracy, and transparency.
Collaboration: Proactively consult and assist members of the organization regarding critical and/or strategic issues. Collaborate with agency representatives in development of communications; assist with research and provide guidance on approach.
Photography: Provide headshot photography for elected officials and non-elected court employees and event photography for court-related events.
Agency partnerships: Provide communications support for the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, the Kentucky Judicial Commission on Mental Health, and the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Skills & Experience:
Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others
Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, remaining nonpartisan in performing job responsibilities
Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a clear, concise way
Demonstrated success developing and executing strategic communications plans, cultivating media coverage, and managing media inquiries
Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, and an ability to work independently and in a team setting
Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines
Familiarity with digital communications platforms such as graphic design, email marketing, video production, data visualizations, social media strategy, etc.
Experience communicating with press and other media, including a strong knowledge of local and regional media contacts or the ability to develop necessary relationships quickly
Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and application of Associated Press style writing. Ability to use InDesign preferred

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
At least 5 years of work experience in the fields of communications, journalism, public relations, or public affairs. Government relations, and/or public administration experience preferred
Master’s degree combined with three years of related work experience will be considered

Seniority Level: Executive

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $100,000 - $115,000

Typical Working Conditions: Office setting

Travel: Occasional

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