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TITLE: Communications Manager
SRN S23: $8,696 - $12,141 Monthly, Exempt
Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented, At-Will/Confidential
DEPARTMENT: Service & Communication
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to: Director of Service & Communication
Supervises the following positions: Communication Specialist, Communication Assistant, Multimedia Specialist and other related positions as assigned.
Under policy direction, manages and directs subordinates staff and the functions and services of the following divisions: Communications and the Education Program; participates in representing the District on public and media relations matters; serves as chief spokesperson for the District on public affairs; and performs related duties, as assigned.
Communications Manager responsibilities include the following: develop, coordinate and disseminate information to the media and the public; develop and implement communication plans, strategies and campaigns for client departments and specific projects and programs; write, edit, and prepare media advisories, releases and news stories for traditional and social media; pitch stories to the media; write and edit web, print and social media material; write internal communications for District employees; disseminate information to the General Manager, Board of Directors, Directors, management, community groups and business owners regarding any planned or emergency activities or projects; schedule, coordinate and participate in public outreach efforts such as community meetings and targeted educational outreach programs; act as a resource/liaison with the mass media and other departments and agencies; write speaking points and video scripts; research and respond to media inquiries; advise District staff on complex public information issues and assist in strategic planning efforts; facilitate public meetings; coordinate and manage the work of outside consultants or contractors; and perform other duties as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Act as the District’s Public Information Officer; direct communication content in newsletters, press releases, District website, and electronic communications; prepare speeches, scripts, responses and related materials for public information purposes; strengthen and promote District identity.
2. Serve as public information Chief in event of emergency. Develops and maintains disaster preparedness plans for assigned areas of responsibility.
3. Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
4. Participate in Budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.
5. Administer the procurement and contracting process for the Department.
6. Produce press releases, advisories and other materials in order to generate positive news coverage about the District and its programs and policies.
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Education: A bachelor’s degrees in communications, marketing, journalism, communications, business or public relations or related field from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A Master’s degree is desirable and may substitute for a maximum of one year of the management or supervisory experience.
Experience: A minimum of five years increasingly responsible corporate or public agency communications, media relations, public relations, community relations, marketing, journalism or related experience within the past ten years. Two years of management and supervision of professional and technical staff is desirable.