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Job Title: Communications Director
Location: Ithaca, NY United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 01/17/2020
Expire Date: 03/17/2020
Job Categories: Government and Policy
Job Description
Communications Director
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

The Communications Director supports the County Administrator, a part of the Tompkins County leadership team, and is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive engagement strategy and communication plan that amplifies the County’s priorities and drives engagement across the community, while clearly defining objectives, channels, timelines, and measures for success. The Director is an experienced communications leader, strong writer, and strategic thinker; well versed in communication strategies & processes; skilled in creating succinct, well-crafted, persuasive content. The Director is an effective communicator and thought partner with demonstrated experience working closely with senior leadership in complex settings. The Director plays a critical role in building public trust through various communications programs and initiatives and advancing transparency and accountability of Tompkins County government. They lead the internal and external communications activities for Tompkins County Government including community outreach, public relations, public information, and media relations. The Director is responsible for key messages, press releases, social media, website content, print and electronic communication, manages Tompkins County’s role in government access television, assists departments with the development and implementation of communication strategies and crisis communications, and is the coordinator for internal employee communications and relations. The Communications Director also works directly with and assists the Legislature and department heads to develop key information about County government, its services, finances, people and programs. They are seen as a leader in all communications and serve as a departmental advisor as needed. The Communications Director will also have the opportunity to interact with leaders within local government, ranging from administrators to elected officials, and staff across multiple departments and agencies. The position receives policy level supervision from the County Administrator and is expected to function in a highly autonomous manner. The position may serve as lead emergency Public Information Officer (PIO) for Tompkins County and works with community first-response agencies and other County PIO’s in the event of a widespread or long-term disaster. Supervision of others is generally not a function of an employee in this class but may occur on a project basis. The incumbent will perform all related duties as required.
Qualifications & Requirements
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EITHER:

(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; OR

(b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; AND two (2) years of full-time paid (or the equivalent part-time) experience in a position with substantial public information responsibility; OR

(c) Completion of two years of study (at least 60 college credit hours) in a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with major coursework in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; AND four (4) years of full-time paid (or the equivalent part-time) experience in a position with substantial public information responsibility; OR

(d) Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a), (b) and (c) above.
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Contact Information
Phone Number:6072745526
Fax Number:6072745401
Website:https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies
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