Lake County, IL (population 703,462) seeks an innovative, creative and dynamic public relations professional to serve as Lake County’s next Director of Communications. The Communications Director leads the County’s internal and external communications activities including community outreach, public relations, public information, and media relations. This position will develop effective communications plans and strategies, and is responsible for key messages, press releases, social media, website content, print and electronic communication, and Lake County Television (LCTV), as well as assisting departments with the development and implementation of communication strategies and crisis communications.
Lake County is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 30 departments and divisions that provide services including law enforcement, water and sewerage treatment, public health, criminal justice, transportation, public works, land use planning, building inspections, and emergency management. The county has 2,679 employees, a $503 million budget and is governed by a 21 member elected Board.
The Communications Director leads a staff of 6 full time and 8 part time positions in the coordination, development and implementation of internal and external communication, public information and community relations activities (i.e., government access channel, website, social marketing programs, special events, ).
The Communications Director anticipates media responses, prepares spokespersons accordingly and responds to media inquiries. The Director also advises and counsels County leaders on communication strategies and crisis communications, including fostering the organization's core values, and marketing County services to residents, community groups, and other external
Starting salary range is $130,000 - $150,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references at once to www.govhrjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHRUSA, LLC, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243. Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in communications, public administration, public policy, business, or related field. A master’s degree in communications or related field is preferred. Also required is ten years of related experience including at least four years progressively responsible professional experience in public relations, communications, journalism, or marketing; and two years in a supervisory capacity.