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COMMUNICATIONS DEPUTY DIRECTOR

COMMUNICATIONS DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Requisition ID 
2017-3228
Department 
MAYOR
Minimum Salary 
USD $27.99/Hr.
Maximum Salary 
USD $38.22/Hr.
Post End Date 
11/6/2017
Location 
US-UT-Salt Lake City

More information about this job

Overview

Please attach a cover letter addressed to Matthew Rojas and 2-3 writing samples (press releases, articles, etc.) The writing samples can be attached in your profile under additional documents.

Working with the Director of Communications and members of the Mayor’s Office, the Deputy Director will implement communications initiatives, utilizing a variety of channels, to keep the public informed of Mayor’s Office priorities, and City-wide projects. The Deputy will be primarily responsible for overseeing communication to the media, including preparing articles, press kits, press releases, and other content. The Deputy will also be expected to manage and cultivate relationships with media representatives.

The Deputy will also play a key role in creating original content from the Mayor’s Office, including video pieces, constituent emails, op-eds, talking points, social media, and online content. Strong writing skills and the ability to synthesize information is a must.

The Deputy Communications Director works under the supervision of the Director of Communications and under the general administrative direction of the Mayor. This is an appointed, at-will position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.

This is an appointed, at-will position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.

Responsibilities

  • Compose and edit press releases, City collateral, and articles for internal and external use.
  • Cultivate and enhance collaborative working relationships with the press, both locally and nationally.
  • Serve as a media spokesperson on behalf of the City/Mayor’s Office and address questions.
  • Manage the flow of news to the media; ensuring press inquiries are handled in a quick and transparent manner.
  • Work with City-wide communications officers and various staff to find and develop potential stories to pitch to media.
  • Monitor news and social media for Mayor’s Office and Cabinet. 
  • Detect public relations issues as they emerge and work with staff to address them directly.
  • Plan and oversee press events.
  • Assemble press kits.
  • Create original content for use on Mayor/City social media platforms and online channels.
  • Research and write briefing materials, including talking points for community liaisons.
  • Oversee media training for City and Mayor’s Office staff, including providing periodic feedback on performance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.  At least five years’ experience in journalism or public relations; experience in government or public relations preferred.
  • Ability to interact effectively with department heads, government and business leaders, and others in positions of authority and influence.
  • Demonstrated superior communications skills, including the ability to deal effectively with members of both broadcast and print media and to appear on behalf of the Mayor, or assignment City department on broadcast television.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with local media experience.

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