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Director of Communications and Community Relations

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Chelsea
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

The Director of Communications & Community Relations, from this point forward to be known as the Director, assists and supports the Director of Government Affairs in legislative tracking, research and analysis; communication with legislators and their staff; and ensuring responsive handling of constituent requests from state and local elected officials. He/she participates in the development of policy and facilitates communication between the Commandant's Office and the General Counsel, as well as bureaus, divisions, and program directors throughout the Chelsea Soldiers' Home. The Director will consistently articulate responses to media inquiries as well as publicize new services and updates to Chelsea Soldiers' Home policy in various online, broadcast and print media.

The Director is also responsible for preparing written materials and correspondence with General Court as well as the administration on bills and acts relevant to the Chelsea Soldiers' Home's mission.

As a member of the Superintendent's Executive Leadership team, the Director will also be required to perform additional tasks as needed in furtherance of the Soldiers' Home's mission and work jointly with the Director of Communications at the Department of Veteran's Services and his/her counterpart at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home to set and guide the strategy for all communications, website and public relations messages to consistently articulate the Soldiers' Home mission.

The Director is responsible for ensuring the enactment of a sound legislative agenda that influences how veteran healthcare & benefit issues are delivered.

About the Agency:

The Soldiers Home in Chelsea is a multidimensional health care and housing facility first established in 1882. Our mission is to serve eligible Massachusetts veterans with dignity, honor and respect by providing long term and skilled nursing care in our long term care facility and delivering comprehensive housing services in our domiciliary facility. Chelsea proudly serves veterans from all eras; from World War II though the Global War on Terror.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

Qualifications - External

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

II. An Associate's degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

III. A Bachelor's degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

IV. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.

V. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for the required experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Chelsea , Director of Communications and Community Relations, Other , Chelsea, Massachusetts

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