The City of Santa Barbara is seeking an outstanding and dynamic candidate to be the City's first Community Engagement Officer / PIO (Public Information Officer)! This new position will lead an interdepartmental communications team and function as a key member of the City Administrator's Office. This position will provide leadership and coordination to our citywide and interdepartmental communication efforts. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative professional environment and be an engagement leader, strategist, and systems-navigator who is committed to serving the community ethically, and who excels at developing relationships. In this position, you will develop, implement and oversee communication plans that support City services to the entire community including our bilingual (Spanish/English) population, navigate fluidly in a dynamic, political and matrixed organization, collaborate with internal and external partners, and be accountable to a culture that values community driven programming.
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a candidate with a passion for delivering information who will be our public voice and accurately, effectively and ethically represent the City. Important skills include a strong ability to work collaboratively, creating partnerships built on integrity and the ability to understand and communicate complex issues to a wide variety of audiences.
The selected candidate will also advance inclusiveness and develop citywide connections. This position is vital to creating a value-based, collaborative, and innovative culture that successfully partners with key stakeholders to equitably serve the community with one City voice.
This integral position requires the knowledge and understanding to engage and provide outreach to the Spanish-speaking members of our community. Additionally, strong knowledge of various communication tools and the ability to prepare and present information in a professional manner, with an understanding of the nuances of communication, both in speechwriting and interpersonally.
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a closely related field.
Seven years of increasingly responsible public information, public affairs, or media relations experience. At least two years of recent experience must have included management/supervisory experience. Three years of experience of performing public relations in a municipal agency is highly desirable.
Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is highly desired.
Licenses, Certificates; Special Requirements:
A valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy.
Internal Number: 2021-06-2267-CAO-WL
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