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7070 - Communications Specialist - Unclassified

Posted on May 18, 2019 by PIMA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Tucson, AZ 85726
Design & Creative
3 May 2019
Annual Salary
7070 - Communications Specialist - Unclassified (Job# 2019 - 00545) Starting Salary: DOQ This position is with the Pima County Recorder's Office. OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Salary Grade: U2
Salary: $47,985.00 - $54,000.00/annual DOQ

A Professional Portfolio is required and must be uploaded with a completed application.
The Communications Specialist for the Pima County Recorder's Office will be representing an Elected Official to the public and responding on their behalf. The successful candidate must not be politically active and must be a registered voter in Pima County.
This position facilitates the development and execution of strategic communications projects for County departments and programs or within an Elected Official's Office and serves as the primary contact for assigned client departments. This classification is in the unclassified service and is exempt from the Pima County Merit System Rules.

For more information about the Pima County Recorder's Office, please visit their website at Requirements: (Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Serves as the primary contact between the Communications Office and assigned client departments or within an Elected Official's Office and develops relationships with departmental staff and an understanding of the department's needs and goals;
Advises, instructs and assists Communications staff in developing communication strategies for assigned departments, or individuals for specific projects, and monitors work produced for the client department for appropriate strategic solutions;
Maintains an awareness of the status of current or planned projects for the assigned departments and acts as a secondary monitor of work quality and progress completion;
Analyzes issues and generates story ideas for the approval of the client department;
Designs and implements multi-platform information campaigns in collaboration with the assigned departments and acts as a secondary monitor of work quality and progress completion;
Acts as an advocate for the client department's interests or Elected Official with the Communications Office and acts as a Communications Office advocate with the client department;
Researches and gathers information from various sources within County government to compose articles in non-technical, readable prose for posting to the County website or other media outlets;
Writes opinion or commentary pieces as assigned;
Edits text produced by client departmental staff;
Cultivates and maintains working relationships with external media representatives;
Advises media representatives on complex issues and connects reporters to proper sources within County government. KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Knowledge of: current methods of information dispersal and their appropriate uses;research and information investigation techniques (internet, historical archives, etc.);grammar, punctuation usage and spelling;editing styles for different types of media. Skill in: critical thinking in development of strategic communication plans;using diagnostic and analytical skills with detailed orientation;organizing text, pictures, and video to communicate clearly;communicating policy information clearly, concisely and accurately in written and verbal fashion;writing clearly, concisely and utilizing journalistic and proper grammar, punctuation and spelling;interviewing techniques;distinguishing between marketing or promotional stories, and hard new stories;MS Word, Excel, E-mail communication and use of Internet social networking sites;identifying potential news and feature stories that would be of interest to the general public.
Minimum Qualifications: DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in journalism, communications, English or other closely related field as determined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment, and two years of experience as a communications strategist in an advertising or public relations agency, governmental entity or similar organization. (Additional relevant experience/education from an accredited college, university or trade school may be substituted.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.): Two (2) or more years experience and education related to planning, generating, editing, publishing and sharing daily content and posts for popular social media outlets and websites for business or government, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other pertinent media outlets.Two (2) or more years experience monitoring, analyzing and reporting on Google Analytics and Social Media site analytics and the ability to suggest possible courses of action related to the data.Two (2) or more years experience building and executing strategies to educate the public on important matters and experience using critical thinking to develop strategic communications plans.Two (2) or more years experience in public relations, journalism or communications with a heavy emphasis on writing and editing a variety of communications.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.Two (2) or more years experience with website design and enhancement.Two (2) or more years experience using creative publishing and editing tools.Must not be politically active and must be a registered voter in Pima County.Professional portfolio is required.
Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
Licenses and Certificates: Some positions require a valid Arizona Class D driver license at the time of application or prior to completion of an initial/promotional probation period. Failure to obtain or maintain the required licensure shall be grounds for termination.

Special Notice Items: Current voter registration in Pima County, as required by Arizona State law, is required at time of appointment and must be maintained as a condition of employment.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled. When applying to this position, please note the Job Number is 2019 - 00545.
EOE Category: Marketing & Biz Dev , Keywords: Communications Specialist

Reference: 708083383