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Director of Communications  

Open Date 7/11/2016  
Close Date Until Filled  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Bargaining / Non-Bargaining Non-Bargaining  
Division Mayor's Office  
Location Mayor's Office  
Reports To Chief of Staff to the Mayor  
Schedule Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.; early morning, evening and weekend work may be necessary.  
Pay Rate  
Description

SUMMARY
This position is responsible for developing and implementing the communications strategy of the Mayor. The role involves generating content such as press releases and social media, building effective working relationships with members of the press, and helping to shape the Mayor and city's brand.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
Oversees press interns and leads communication liaisons from city departments.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This list represents the types of duties required by the position. Other duties may be assigned as reasonably expected.
• Create and implement communication strategies for the city.
• Advise the Mayor and staff on the effect actions and activities have in the media.
• Plan and coordinate media coverage and press appearances.
• Develop press releases, columns, newsletters, and social media content.
• Screen, refer to appropriate staff, or respond to daily inquiries from press.
• Assist in the preparation of formal speeches for the Mayor.
• Liaise with members of the press.
• Monitor and evaluate current events and relevant issues and inform staff of potential impact when appropriate.
• Disseminate statements, releases, speeches, and articles involving the Mayor and city departments.
• Ensure staff receive copies of relevant articles, news stories, and social media activities.
• Manage the Mayor's media contact list and archive of press coverage.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with the community.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Perform other duties and assume other responsibilities as apparent or as delegated.

 
Position Requirements QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, English, History, Government, Social Studies, Public Policy, Business Management, or other related field required.
• Advanced Degree preferred.
• Minimum three years of political, media, communications, policy, or other related experience.
• Public sector experience a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES PREFERRED
• Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse group of individuals.
• Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, humility, and good humor.
• Analytic decision maker who is action oriented, diplomatic, and persuasive.
• Commitment to excellence, innovation, and data-driven evaluation.
• Ability to manage and adapt to ambiguity and conflicting priorities in a public office environment.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
• Valid Driver's License.

EQUIPMENT
Laptop computer, digital camera, telephone, copier, facsimile machine, and scanner.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in office setting, with moderate inside temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office and may be quiet to loud in the field. Exposure to adverse weather conditions such as cold or heat may prevail in situations involving outside meeting engagements. Entire office is smoke free.

Drug Screen Required  
About the Organization South Bend is the economic, educational, media, and cultural hub of a multi-county region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border. It's the fourth-largest city in Indiana with over 100,000 residents. South Bend's flourishing collegiate community and burgeoning tech industry have built upon the foundation of the city's industrial past to create a vibrant present and a promising future. The city's 14 institutions of higher learning, including the internationally renowned University of Notre Dame, infuse South Bend with creative energy in the arts, business, and technology. Combined with recent economic growth, strong neighborhoods, an affordable cost of living, exciting recreational opportunities, and thriving arts venues make South Bend a fabulous place to live, work, and, play.


***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***  
EOE Statement EOE/ADA Statement

The City of South Bend provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application/hiring process should contact the Legal Department's ADA Compliance Officer at aderose@southbendin.gov and Office of Human Resources at humanresources@southbendin.gov to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The City of South Bend seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality public safety officers, staff and administration. The City of South Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented candidates and others that will enhance our community in compliance with EO No. 1-2016 Section 1. Moreover, the City of South Bend prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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