The starting salary offer depends on experience. The generous State of California benefits package includes employee and dependent health, dental and vision insurance with employer contributions to premiums for a wide choice of HMO and PPO plans and access to a CalPERS defined benefit retirement. See the full description for more details about the comprehensive benefits. Covered California is a permanently hybrid organization with a well-developed telework policy. The Deputy Director may elect to work from their home office and offices in Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles or Oakland; and is expected to work on-site at the Expo office in Sacramento on an as-needed basis.
Telecommuting is allowed.
The Deputy Director, Communications & Media Relations, is the key media and public relations advisor to the Executive Director and senior leadership team, and the lead organizational spokesperson. Reporting to the Director of Communications & External Affairs, the Deputy Director leads of team of 19 professionals to guide proactive media relations to general market and ethnic news outlets and channels; develop, maintain and optimize Covered California’s owned media; produce high quality video and print materials, support senior leadership with executive writing; and create a monthly employee newsletter. This individual understands how to blend traditional media relations with cutting edge video, social media, online and owned content and to effectively leverage all channels to reinforce Covered California’s brand and promote the value of the marketplace for consumers.
Full description of the opportunity and application information HERE.
At least ten years of communications and media relations experience, with five years of experience managing day-to-day operations of in-house or agency communications function with a professional team of direct reports.
Track-record in successfully designing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive communications and media relations efforts including: brand and reputation management, corporate communications, digital presence and analytics, media event effectiveness, collateral materials and internal communications.
A deep understanding of and appreciation for the ethnic, cultural, geographic and socioeconomic diversity of Californians, the myriad of ways that consumers access news and information, and the broad range of media outlets that serve diverse communities.
Highly motivated to support the mission of Covered California to improve access to high quality health care and affordable health insurance, with a special focus on those who have been historically underserved.
Currently an effective team leader with a passion for staff development and organizational skills to help drive the team forward.
Basic understanding of the policy issues associated with the health insurance market and the coverage issues relevant to individuals and employers, a plus.
Language skills for working in California’s linguistically and culturally diverse communities, a plus.
As the largest state-level Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in the country, Covered California has helped more than five million people obtain health insurance and is a national leader in promoting affordability of health care, improving quality and advancing health equity. This independent state agency is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) which serves as a foundation for its efforts to improve the health and experience of its consumers, and to support the workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the people it serves.