The City of Ventura is now accepting applications for the position of Communications Manager / Public Information Officer (PIO). The Communications Manager/PIO is an exciting opportunity for an experienced public relations professional to help create a unified communications team that will lead the City of Ventura's outreach and communication efforts across all City Departments. This position, under general direction of the City Manager and Deputy City Manager, is a vital member of the City's management team and will be empowered to take the City's public information, social media and community engagement/outreach efforts to the next level.
The Communications Manager/PIO authors and executes communications strategy to build public awareness of City initiatives and promote public participation in City affairs and performs a variety of advanced level research, analytical, and administrative tasks in support of the City Manager's Office. This position will also be responsible for managing and directing staff and activities in the Communications and Graphics divisions for the City.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to 1) develop strategies and tactics required to create and manage consistent public information and social media plans, public relations, and internal communication programs; 2) establish and grow relationships with citizens, stakeholders, City executives and staff throughout the organization; 3) write clear and effective press releases and create social media communications across all relevant platforms; 4) effectively prepare and, when needed, present consistent communications in disaster and emergency situations.
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Application.
Salary and Benefits
The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary plus excellent benefit! Salary: $102,731 - $137,662 Annually DOQ.
A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or a closely related field, and five years of progressively responsible experience in public relations or performing a variety of professional level administrative support activities for a public agency or community organization including two years of supervisory experience, in the public or private sector are required. A Master's degree is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish, in addition to English, is desirable. Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required.
All qualified applicants must submit an on-line City job application and answers to the supplemental questions. The filing deadline is Friday, February 7 at 5:00 PM. Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!