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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

City of Minneapolis - Communications Director, Office of the Mayor

Position Description:

The Communications Director for the Office of the Mayor is a politically appointed position that is responsible for building and executing a strategy for communicating the Mayor’s policies and vision to a multitude of audiences throughout the city, state, region, and country, using a variety of tools and platforms. The director is also tasked with shaping office-wide messaging, collaborating with other City departments on internal and external messaging, and providing strategic counsel to the Mayor.

The director serves as the office’s on-the-record spokesperson and is responsible for providing representatives of news media with accurate and timely responses to inquiries. This position optimizes various communications tools to support the efforts of the Mayor and the City.
Grow your career with a growing and vibrant world-class city that prides itself on being clean, green, diverse and active. What sets Minneapolis apart?

• We have a robust and diverse economy, with industry and businesses of all kinds.
• We are in the top five creatively vital cities in the country.
• We’re a racially diverse city, home to large immigrant and native communities.
• We are an inclusive city, with a strong LGBT scene.
• We’re known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities.
• We love the arts: Minneapolis is second only to New York City in per capita attendance at theater and arts events.
• We have one of the premier park systems in the country, with 170 parks covering more than 6,700 acres of land and water.
• We have 22 lakes, giving us the nickname “The City of Lakes.”

 Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work with senior staff and Mayor to help execute her agenda for the year.
• Create and execute strategic yearly, quarterly, and weekly media plans that advance the Mayor’s vision and agenda.
• Speak on the record for the Mayor’s office, and connect the office and the new media.
• Pitch the media on the Mayor’s policy priorities and produce media events to promote the Mayor’s agenda.
• Coordinate logistics and prepare the Mayor for all interviews; staff the Mayor at all press-attended functions.
• Coordinate responses to press inquiries with City communications staff, Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officers, and other City staff.
• Support the development of mayoral speeches, including the State of the City speech and the budget address, and coordinate speech-related media and logistics.
• Advise the Mayor and the Mayor’s staff on communications strategy and tactics.
• Maintain and update content on the Mayor’s website.
• Maintain an accurate list of media contacts and build productive working relations with key members of the media, especially media organizations that report regularly on City government.
• Build productive working relationships with City Council members, City staff, and communications staff at partner organizations.
• Keep the Mayor and the Mayor’s policy team apprised of local, regional, and national media developments and coverage of issues and activities related to the Mayor’s agenda.
• Attend weekly meetings with the Mayor.

 Required Qualifications: 
At least four years’ experience in communications or public relations; government or campaign communications a plus.

This is an appointed position with competitive compensation. Salary is based on past related experience with a salary range of $73,201-$80,907 per year. The benefits package includes medical and dental coverage, a health and wellness program, health reimbursement accounts, flexible spending accounts, pension plans and deferred compensation retirement savings, vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays.
An application, resume and cover letter are required.  Application materials received by November 30, 2015, will be considered first.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills.
• On-the-record experience.
• Strong command of effective social-media communications.
• Knowledge of website operation and basic graphic design.
• Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, while seeking strategic guidance when needed.
• Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences across a range of platforms.
• Ability to craft and execute long-term strategy while responding to fast-paced, day-to-day demands in a timely fashion.

Apply now.