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Friday, June 09, 2017

Hennepin County - Communications Specialist, Principal


The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
  • Provide strategic communication and public relations consulting services; generate ideas and help determine the best communication strategy and solution.
  • Develop and implement communication plans; evaluate communication plan results, prepare reports, and make recommendations for future efforts.
  • Craft communication plans, key messages and communication approaches for various topics and audiences; ensure communication is in accordance with county policy guidelines.
  • Write, edit, prepare and produce a variety of public information/communication messages, distribute via appropriate internal and external communication channels.
  • Identify gaps in communications, develop/recommend strategies, implement solutions, and present results to management.
  • Manage the brand that is used on all communications; ensure consistency in messaging.
  • Determine presentation materials and coach managers for presentations, public meetings and media interviews.
  • Provide communication assistance during emergencies; collaborate with other agencies on local, statewide, regional and national emergencies.
Best Qualified Candidates will have:
  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in journalism, English, communications, mass communications, marketing, media studies, graphic design, photojournalism, telecommunications, visual communications, public administration or a closely-related field and three years or more of related professional experience reporting or media relations.
    • Two years of college and five years or more of related professional experience reporting or media relations.
    • Note: Experience can be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Experience:
    • Working in a large organizations (1,500 or more staff), the public sector, government, and/or human services.
    • Developing and executing communication plans involving earned and paid media.
    • Writing news and feature stories.
    • Editing content.
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within all levels of the organization including a proven track record of excellent leadership skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple assignments and tasks.
  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to communicate effectively with subject-matter experts, writers, editors, designers, photographers, and videographers.
  • Ability to:
    • Work well under the pressure of deadlines, sometimes outside regular business hours.
    • Synthesize large amounts of information into manageable, well-written content.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to bring work samples and complete a background check.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.


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