Status: Full-time position
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Deadline Date: 12/5/13
Job Summary: The BDD Public Relations Coordinator facilitates effective communication with the media, various stakeholder groups and the Santa Fe community for the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Project; develops public education and outreach programs; and, organizes and participates in public education and outreach events.
Qualifications: Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field and two (2) years of professional public relations, journalism or communications experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience totaling six (6) years, except that additional education may not substitute for the two (2) years of required experience.
Professional public relations, journalism or communications experience in water treatment and public utilities highly desirable.
Must possess a valid Driver’s license upon hire and secure a City of Santa Fe driving permit within three (3) months of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of social media strategies and execution; media needs, timing and interests; the principles and practices of public administration; principles and techniques of public information and public relations programs; media tactics, including interview techniques and preparation; basic principles of communication; English grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and policy terminology.
Skills in prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines; reviewing, proofreading, editing and verifying written materials for accuracy and adherence to policies and procedures; writing press releases in the proper format; operating standard office equipment; and maintaining effective public and interpersonal relations; communicating with constituents and interacting with all levels of staff within the BDD and its Partners; analyzing data and making independent decisions; using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and / or Illustrator, and web design software.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with other employees, members of the media, other agencies; speak clearly and confidently to the media during interviews whether in a formal or informal setting; maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with sensitive information; maintain a professional demeanor and composure; deal with people diplomatically; multi-task to achieve objectives; deal with idiosyncratic behavior or disgruntled people; use judgment and discretion; maintain accurate details; work in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities, high stress and exposure to conflicting situations; work independently; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; make quick and effective decisions, network; handle complaints in a diplomatic manner; effectively manage time; recognize the needs for special accommodations; be flexible and organized.
Duties: Provides media relations consultation and advice to the BDD Facility Manager and BDD Board; and recommends, develops, and implements media relations and community communication strategies, policies and procedures.
Proactively engages the media (newspaper, radio, television, blogs, etc.) regarding BDD issues and matters of interest.
Designs, writes, edits and produces reports, presentations, publications, flyers, press releases, articles, electronic postings, etc. for the BDD Facility Manager and BDD Board.
Manages and updates the BDD website.
Develops and implements public education and outreach programs for the BDD.
Organizes public education and outreach events; coordinates BDD activities with media and special events sponsored or co-sponsored by other divisions, agencies and organizations.
Coordinates with local schools, colleges and universities to promote water treatment careers.
Coordinates and guides public tours at the BDD.
Submit City of Santa Fe Application by one of the following methods
Fill out application at Human Resources Department, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM
Mail application to P.O. Box 909, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0909
Or fax application to (505) 955-6810. Applications may be downloaded from our website www.santafenm.gov; or apply online at www.santafenm.gov.