The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is the voice of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City, articulating the membership’s needs and interests to the Maryland General Assembly. MACo provides a broad range of educational, partnership-building, and cost-saving services to all 24 Maryland jurisdictions. Communication efforts play an integral role in fulfilling MACo’s mission.
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for external and internal communications that support the strategic direction of MACo. Responsibilities include: working closely with the MACo advocacy team to understand policy positions and objectives; developing and implementing media and member outreach strategies; managing the Association’s social media accounts; creating written and online informational materials and press releases; managing MACo’s website and blog; building and maintaining relationships with the media and other partners; participating in exhibiting and networking opportunities to further MACo’s messaging and branding; conference preparation, promotion, and support; managing sponsorship and corporate partner relationships; and working with county public information officers and county communications professionals.
- Understanding of marketing, public relations, and relationship-building strategies
- Strong grasp of social media platforms, trends, and analyzing practices
- Excellent writing and editing skills for a variety of collateral documents
- Graphic design and publication design capabilities
- Familiarity with strategic media relations
- Ability to prioritize workflow and multi-task effectively
- Confidence in taking initiative and working independently
- Sound project management skills
- Ability to THRIVE in a fast-paced environment
- Refined communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills; must be able to interact with elected officials, coworkers, supervisors, general public, etc. sufficiently to exchange or convey information and receive work direction
- Team player with an “all hands on deck” mentality
- Intuitive understanding of computer software systems and online applications: experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite required; familiarity with website management systems, Word Press, Constant Contact (or other email marketing systems) a plus
- Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing, or a related field, and at least 3 years of experience in communications in a public or non-profit organization; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Applicants familiar with Maryland General Assembly legislative processes, public policy, or Maryland county governments will be given special consideration.
How to Apply:
Send ALL of the following materials to email@example.com by 4:30 pm on May 10, 2019 – include “Communications Coordinator – NAME” in the subject line:
- Cover Letter detailing present salary, desired salary with justification, and the reasons the applicant feels he/she is qualified for the Communications Coordinator position;
- Resume, which must contain educational background, work experience, and computer software familiarity;
- Persuasive writing sample; and
- Three references - references will not be contacted without prior approval from the applicant.
Additional Salary Information: In addition to a competitive salary, generous benefits include: sick and vacation leave; life and disability insurance; retirement plan; long-term care insurance; employer-paid parking; bonus eligibility; training opportunities; and fully employer-funded health, dental, and optical insurance.
About Maryland Association of Counties
MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly. The Association’s membership consists of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. MACo’s members determine Association policy and positions on executive and legislative proposals through an elected Board of Directors and a volunteer Legislative Committee. Through MACo’s advocacy, training, education programs, annual conferences, and partnership programs, members are provided with endless opportunities to improve their capacity to serve their residents.Thirteen organizations representing professional county government staffs are affiliated with MACo. These affiliates work to enhance their members’ effectiveness, and assist the Association in formulating its legislative agenda and in structuring conference presentations.MACo is the only organization serving the needs of county elected officials and governments across the state. MACo’s office is located in downtown Annapolis.