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Date: Jun 26, 2018
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 38985 

Agency: Florida Commission on Human Relations


Position Number: 72002737 

Salary:  $40,948.18 

Posting Closing Date: 06/29/2018 

Deputy Director of External and Legislative Affairs

POS#  72002737

Hiring Rate:  $40,948.18

About the Commission

The Florida Commission on Human Relations is the state agency charged with enforcing the state’s civil rights laws and serves as a resource on human relations for the people of Florida. It is against Florida law to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status. The Commission investigates complaints of discrimination in the areas of areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and state employee whistle-blower retaliation.

The Commission is responsible for promoting fair treatment, equal opportunity and mutual respect among members of all economic, social, racial, religious and ethnic groups and works to eliminate discrimination against groups and their members.

The Commission is a great place to work!  We offer a stable environment with regular work schedules.  Learn and grow with us!  The State of Florida offers a generous benefits package including vacation and sick leave, retirement, health insurance (over 80% employer paid), life insurance (80% employer paid), 10 holidays per year, flexible work schedules, tuition waivers, qualification for student loan forgiveness, and so much more! We’re all about quality!  Are you ready to take the next step in your career?  Apply today!

Position Synopsis

This position performs both legislative and communications duties for the Florida Commission on Human Relations.  The position reports directly to the Director of External and Legislative Affairs.  In its dual role in both communications and legislative affairs, the incumbent is expected to perform at a high level and provide stellar work products.  Specifically, the incumbent is tasked with:

  • Legislative Duties:
  • Assists in guiding the Commission’s proposals through the legislative process and advises members of the Legislature and their staffs on matters pertaining to bills and budget items concerning the Commission.  Including:  Testifies at committee hearings on Commission legislative matters.  Prepares responses to a variety of legislative inquiries. Analyzes state statutes and rules for Commission-related impacts and suggests revisions as needed.
  • Prepares draft bills selected for pursuit by the Commission.  Researches and analyzes proposed legislation.  Coordinates the preparation of support materials to be used in the promotion of Commission legislative proposals.
  • Tracks and assesses impacts of pertinent state and/or federal legislation, rules, and/or programs.  Monitors enacted legislation to ensure full and timely implementation.
  • Assists in the development of Commission policy statements and recommendations.
  • Communications Duties:
  • Assists in coordinating public responses regarding the Commission.  Responds to requests for information from the media.  Write press releases or other media communications to promote the Commission.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with Commission stakeholders. Coach Commissioners and various staff in effective communication with the public and key stakeholders including legislators and/or our federal partners.
  • Assists in the planning and/or development of the Commission’s public relations plan and strategies.  Arrange public appearances, lectures, contests, exhibits, etc. for the Commission.
  • Update and maintain content posted on all Commission maintained websites, social media accounts, as well as any other related digital media.  Develop and document style guidelines for website content.  Incorporate technical considerations into website design plans, such as budgets, equipment, performance requirements, or legal issues including accessibility and privacy.
  • Prepare and/or edit organizational publications, such as employee newsletters, articles, and reports, for both internal and external audiences. Develop plans or materials to communicate activities undertaken by the Commission.  Produce or coordinate the production of Commission advertisements and/or promotional materials and/or campaigns.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication, both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services.
  • Skilled in managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Skilled in determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Skilled in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Skilled in persuading others to change their minds and/or behavior.
  • Skilled in analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to legislative or energy programs.
  • Ability to research, evaluate and analyze data relating to a legislative programs.
  • Ability to monitor legislation, rules and programs.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.


Preference will be given to those individuals who possess legislative experience (public and/or private sector), knowledge of the Florida Legislative process, knowledge of web authoring and/or publishing (including:  DreamWeaver, SquareSpace, WordPress), experience with marketing and public relations, experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including:  Photoshop, InDesign, AfterEffects, and Illustrator), experience with legislative tracking software (i.e. LobbyTools), experience with Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), experience with Google Analytics, and social media management (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn).

**All positions with the Florida Commission on Human Relations are positions of special trust.  Therefore, the selected candidate must successfully pass a Level Two background screening (which includes fingerprinting) as a condition of employment. **

**All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida, Employment Application. **

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee