Director of Communications - Illinois Secretary of State

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Administration/Executive Office

About the Job

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office seeks an experienced communicator to serve as its Director of Communications.

This position will oversee and support the internal and external communication efforts for all areas of the Office and its 25 departments, including strategic communications, public relations, media relations, marketing, writing, publications, design and new media.  

The Director will have excellent communication, writing and editing skills, and have a proven record of engagement with media, significant experience in traditional and digital media and strong background in communications planning.


  • Act as chief SOS spokesperson and media contact, responding to media inquiries and sharing information pro-actively with journalists. 
  • Serve as the communications lead for the Office, contributing to the development of long-term vision. planning and goal setting, working closely with the senior executive team.  
  • Develop and execute short- and long-term communication strategies encompassing various mainstream, digital, social and alternative forms of media.
  • Lead a team of communications professionals and provide direction and guidance. 
  • Advance the SOS' mission, develop and execute media plans and encompassing local, statewide, nation and trade-based media.
  • Work with and manage/coordinate digital channels including social platforms to effectively promote information about the Office.
  • Research, analyze and advise on policy, legislative and budget initiatives and determine how to promote messaging to targeted and mainstream audiences.
  • Write and/or manage content for press releases, policy briefs/statements, FAQs, speeches and internal communications and help prepare for media events.
  • Provide strategic analysis and consultation, training and preparation in advance of announcements, speeches, interviews and events.
  • Communicate regularly with journalists and cultivate relationships with media that reflect the diversity of the state and various audiences.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of all facets of the office and internal matters, often serving as a liaison between supervisors and SOS executive staff.
  • Interact closely with department directors to promote innovative programs, anticipate emerging issues and breakdown complex and technical issues to provide a better understanding for public consumption.
  • Responsible for measuring the effectiveness of communications programs, providing oversight and ensuring execution of programs and responsible for overseeing external agency vendors. 
  • Oversee the tracking of media reports of the office, employees, services and other SOS office activities.


  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in professional communications-related setting, which could include journalism or public affairs, corporate, government or agency or crisis communications environment.
  • Exceptional writing and storytelling skills as well as strong verbal communications and presentation skills
  • Experience developing relationships with reporters/media, pitching news stories/ ideas, managing media inquiries and serving as a spokesperson a plus.


  • Salary to be commensurate with experience.

Apply for this position

Apply with Indeed
We've received your resume. Click here to update it.
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 04/30/2026
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor. The law requires us to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We have a goal of having at least 7% of our workers as people with disabilities. The law says we must measure our progress towards this goal. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had one. People can become disabled, so we need to ask this question at least every five years.

Completing this form is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer is confidential. No one who makes hiring decisions will see it. Your decision to complete the form and your answer will not harm you in any way. If you want to learn more about the law or this form, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

How do you know if you have a disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more of your “major life activities.” If you have or have ever had such a condition, you are a person with a disability. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or other substance use disorder (not currently using drugs illegally)
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer (past or present)
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Disfigurement, for example, disfigurement caused by burns, wounds, accidents, or congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual or developmental disability
  • Mental health conditions, for example, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Mobility impairment, benefiting from the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, leg brace(s) and/or other supports
  • Nervous system condition, for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodivergence, for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, other learning disabilities
  • Partial or complete paralysis (any cause)
  • Pulmonary or respiratory conditions, for example, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema
  • Short stature (dwarfism)
  • Traumatic brain injury
Please check one of the boxes below:

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

You must enter your name and date
Human Check*