National Association of Counties

Communications Executive Director

El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
9 days ago

Description

Provides strategic and operational leadership to the El Paso County Communications Department to ensure appropriate internal and external communications through various channels and platforms. Develops, oversees, and manages the County’s public relations efforts to include overseeing content development.

  • Serves as an integral member of the County’s Executive Team, collaborating closely with the County’s Executive Directors and County Administration to imagine, develop, and guide vision and strategy across functions and departments.
  • Responsible for administering, directing, and organizing the functions of the Communications Department.
  • Directs departmental administrative activities and provides fiscal and strategic oversight and planning. 
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive internal and external communications strategy to build and enhance the County’s internal and external brand; develops communication or marketing key performance indicators to determine effectiveness of strategies. 
  • Provides innovative media and communications advice and support to the County Administrator, Board of County Commissioners, and County leadership.
  • Provides information, resources, and direction to the Communications Department and news media to ensure adequate and positive coverage of El Paso County.
  • Directs and oversees the production of content for the County’s website, social media platforms, newsletters, digital recordings, public information materials, and executive communications.
  • Establishes and fosters positive working relationships with media representatives; oversees the coordination, production, and distribution of public information and announcements.
  • Oversees responses and/or responds to critical or sensitive public information, Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests, media, elected/appointed officials, and others; ensures legal compliance in areas affecting public access to information. Develops and updates policy for public information responses.  
  • Develops crisis communication plans in coordination with necessary internal and external partners/agencies. 
  • Provides supervision and guidance regarding hiring, training, performance evaluation, discipline, and dismissal for the Communications Department, subject to applicable County personnel policies and procedures.
  • Establishes goals and objectives to align with El Paso County’s strategic plan and meet the needs of the organization. Develops and directs long-range planning for the department in coordination with other County departments. 
  • Serves as the County's representative for various community-based organizations, boards, councils, and committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Essential Competencies and Traits

  • Anticipates and addresses difficult issues with courage, candor, professionalism, and the highest ethical standards.
  • Orchestrates and aligns the strategic vision of the County and Department at all levels of the organization, anticipating and planning for future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough innovations and strategies.
  • Engages, inspires, and instills trust at all levels, creating a positive culture in which people are motivated to do their best to help the Department achieve its objectives.
  • Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders while effectively building collaborative relationships.
  • Guides and supports the training of staff with integrity and consistency while establishing and communicating clear performance expectations. 


Requirements

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public administration, journalism, media relations, or closely related field; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Minimum five (5) years of demonstrated managerial and administrative leadership experience; ten (10) years preferred.
  • Minimum five years (5) of experience in related public/media communications, public policy, and/or intergovernmental relations functions.
  • Must demonstrate a good understanding of the structure as well as primary functions and responsibilities of county government.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, prioritize tasks, and to move between projects on short notice.
  • Experience with computer systems and desktop publishing software to include electronic media, website, and social media platforms.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with Elected Officials, Executive Directors, County staff, clients, vendors, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to foster goodwill by working collaboratively with various offices, departments, agencies, volunteers, and others.
  • Must possess exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to efficiently plan, schedule, and organize.
  • Ability to assess situations and make prudent and appropriate recommendations and decisions.
  • Ability to apply conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to understand, develop, and manage department budgets and procurement in compliance with County policies and procedures.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.

Licenses/Certificates

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License or ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment. 

Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office environment; some travel required. The position will require flexibility to be available seven days a week to respond to media calls and provide staff support.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities, and qualifications associated with the position; however, it is representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position. 
 
Applications must be filed online; each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy stated on that particular application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For inquiries, please call (719) 520-7486. Each new employee and rehire must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).               
 
EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59951748
  • Location:
    Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Communications Executive Director
  • Company Name: El Paso County, CO
  • Industry: Government/Military
  • Job Function: Executive Communications
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Salary: $107,500.00 - $166,560.00 (Yearly Salary)

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