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Monday, April 23, 2018

Metropolitan Council - Community Relations Specialist

Who We Are
We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

Community Relations Specialists provide support to Council Members in carrying out their duties as advocates for the metropolitan region.  Their duties would include: creating mechanisms to proactively provide Council Members with information about their districts, coordinating materials for speaking engagements or other communications needs, and developing effective systems for reporting on the activities of Council Members. 
What you would do in this job:
  • Creates mechanisms to regularly communicate with assigned Council Members to proactively provide them with information about their districts and to respond to their requests for information, communications materials, or other needs.
  • Develops action plans with each Council Member with concrete goals for achieving their objectives and furthering the Metropolitan Council's mission in his or her district.
  • Identifies and coordinates events at which the Metropolitan Council should have a presence.
  • Coordinates Council Member communications with Communications Department.
  • Develops effective systems for reporting on activities of the assigned Council Members.
  • Participates in projects of enterprise-wide significance that contribute to Council Member or Council Executive Management goals.
What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications):
A Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs, Public Administration, Political Science, Communications, or related field AND two years of experience in government, public or community relations; community organizing; supporting a public official; policy research/analysis; or related area.
OR
Associate's Degree AND four years of experience in government, public or community relations; community organizing; supporting a public official; policy research/analysis; or related area that together total six years or more.
OR
Master's Degree AND One year of experience in government, public or community relations; community organizing; supporting a public official; policy research/analysis; or related area that together total six years or more.
OR
High School Diploma or equivalency AND six years of experience in government, public or community relations; community organizing; supporting a public official; policy research/analysis; or related area that together total six years or more.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):
  • Experience working in government or for a not-for-profit organization.
  • Experience writing research reports, memos, or briefings to inform others about an issue or problem.
  • Experience working for a public official or executive.
  • Experience coordinating or leading projects.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a policy board and/or public officials (elected or appointed), or demonstrated knowledge of regional government processes.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and willingness to learn new software programs as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and effectively communicate with selected constituencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to effectively and credibly communicate complex issues/problems with Council Members, staff and public.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations and assist with potentially volatile or politically sensitive issues.
Additional information:
Union/Grade: AFSCME Grade F
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Safety Sensitive - No
Hiring Range: $28.93- $30.43/$60,174 -$63,294
Full Salary Range: $28.93- $41.03/$60,174 -$85,342

What your work environment would be:
You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites. You will occasionally work early mornings, evenings and weekends to attend meetings or events.