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Director of Public Information & Community Engagement
Under the general direction of the City Manager, this position is responsible for planning, creating and implementing multi-faceted communication and citizen engagement strategies between Hutchinson city government and its constituents. This is a professional position that is responsible for effectively and accurately communicating information about the City, promoting transparency and inviting the public to engage in the governing process so people who live, work, and play in Hutchinson better understand the services the City provides. This position requires a high level of communication skills of all types, and related technical proficiency, along with the ability to work independently with a high level of discretion and independent judgment.
The essential functions for this executive level position include:
Serves as the principal advisor to the City Manager, department heads and other city officials on matters related to the dissemination of information to the public and media concerning the City’s programs, policies, and issues.
Works with lead staff members on projects, programs and services to develop appropriate message theme and create communications plans. Makes recommendations and implements communication methods that enhance understanding of and/or to address public concerns about City government, operations and projects. Assists departments in gathering community feedback through outreach methods such as surveys and focus groups.
Serves as content writer and editor for City’s digital communications, including websites, blogs, and social media. Supports and reviews department submittals and department communications. Works with staff to create content for the City's web page and social media outlets including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Manages related third-party vendor relationships.
Manages City relationships with the media to ensure quality and accurate dissemination of information. Monitors news coverage and trends; provides rapid assessment of issues that may affect the City and/or public. Prepares concise and accurate news/press releases and responses to media inquiries.
Oversees the City’s branding and messaging of all marketing materials to ensure the integrity of the City’s visual identity. Leads the development of and approval of content for various multimedia productions including brochures, pamphlets, fliers and other marketing pieces for various departments as needed; work includes writing, editing, coordinating development of copy and data, proofreading, coordinating images, and printing proof approvals.
Minimum Requirements Include: Bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, and mass communications or other closely related field, with a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work in journalism, public relations or mass communications with considerable experience with social media content and management. Previous related public-sector experience is preferred. Must be proficient in desktop publishing and graphics software. IABC, PRSA or other similar professional accreditation desirable.
The City of Hutchinson is located forty-five miles northwest of Wichita and offers many of the amenities and comforts of larger metropolitan areas while preserving the spirit of small town living. In addition to its excellent public and private schools, the community has a well-diversified economy that includes in agriculture, healthcare, energy, higher education, manufacturing and business services.
The City provides a full range of municipal services to more than 41,000 citizens and currently employs 400 full-time employees with an annual operation budget of $86M. The City has a Council-City Manager form of government; with a five member Council (four members are elected by district and on position at-large). The City Manager is appointed by the Council and is charged with management of the City’s diverse departments and operations.
Salary Range: $46,971 - $70,451 DOQ. In addition, the City of Hutchinson offers an excellent total compensation package and strongly supports employee training and development.
For consideration, please complete on-line application and attach resume at: https://hutchinsonjobs.hyrell.com
Applicants are encouraged to communicate any salary expectations in their cover letter.