City of San Jose San Jose, California, United States
Aug 02, 2019Full Time
The Communications Director (CD) is an at-will position that reports to the Mayor's Chief of Staff and interfaces directly with the Mayor to provide communications and messaging on a broad range of public policy matters. The CD serves on the Mayor's senior leadership team, developing and executing communications strategies for initiatives, programs, and the annual budget messages. The CD serves as the Mayor's Press Secretary and will be the principal contact in the office for interfacing with the press. The position will also be responsible for coordinating with the City's Public Information and Communications staff regarding media inquiries, communications, coordinating events on behalf of the Mayor's office, and representing the Mayor's office to City staff. The CD oversees a team that currently includes staff responsible for media relations, social media and graphic design. The CD has responsibilities for writing speeches, press releases, web content, social media posts, Op-Eds and columns, and serves as the editor for all office communications. The ideal candidate will have the background, experience, and knowledge to demonstrate: Effective use of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public/community relations, media relations, social media, and program management in a diverse community. A strong commitment to public service. Significant experience in high-profile press and media relations, including effective communications with the press on complex topics. The capacity to function in a dynamic and fast paced environment, including crisis communications. Extensive interaction with elected and appointed officials including business executives, regulatory agencies, community groups, employees, and the general public. The ability to formulate and accomplish strategic communication goals. T he ability to present sensitive and/or complex issues, both orally and in writing, to large diverse groups in a persuasive fashion. The ability to make sound decisions and communicate effectively with the press with little advance notice. A track record of outstanding accomplishments and superior performance, including excellent judgment and decision making, planning and organizational abilities. Ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders. Ability to serve effectively as a member of a management team, including mentoring and supervising staff. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate's qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is pending final Council approval in August. Candidates must be willing to work frequent evenings and weekends, and as exempt management employees, are not eligible for overtime compensation. Employees in this classification are not members of the classified civil service and are appointed "at will." Each appointment is for a specified period of time to be determined by the appointing Mayor and does not extend past the end of the elected official's or appointing authority's term. This unclassified position requires a disclosure of outside investments, real property interest, income, and business positions.