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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hennepin County - Communications Manager - Public Health

Desired:Supervising ExperienceStrategic Planning

Communicator needed to spread the message of health to our communities! As the Communications Manager for Public Health, you will lead our communication efforts, particularly in areas related to strategic communication planning, hazard communication, and grant writing. Hennepin County's Public Health department is focused on improving the health of all county residents by addressing social and environmental factors that impact their health and offering programs and services that help them be healthy. This job may be a fit for you if you have the savvy to spark people's thinking about how health happens and are skilled at getting your message across to many audiences, using many media platforms.

Location and hours:
This position is located Downtown Minneapolis at the Health Services Building - 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55415. A typical schedule for this position would be Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In this position, you will:
  • Develop and direct all formal communication efforts to raise external visibility and understanding of its programs and awareness of how health happens; educate and engage clients with communication messages and methods that support the achievement of department objectives; plan and execute internal communication messages and materials that support employee engagement.
  • Direct and manage a team in providing specialized expertise and support to managers and supervisors across the department.
  • Counsel department director, executive team, program managers and assistant county administrator and develop communication content for them to present to the county board, public health/community organizations and the public at large.
  • Serve as the department's primary media contact and spokesperson. Train, coach and support managers and supervisors in their interactions with the media so as to best present their programs to the public.
  • Serve as the department's primary Public Information Officer during local public health emergencies in coordination with other response entities and their PIOs. Represent the county on federal, state and local emergency risk communication coordination efforts.
Need to have:
One of the following:
  • Bachelor degree or higher in communications, mass communications, health communications, or other field appropriate to the position and five or more years of experience related to organizational communication coordination.
  • Associate degree in the above listed fields or other field appropriate to the position and seven or more years of experience related to organizational communication coordination.
  • Nine or more years of experience related to organizational communication coordination.
Nice to have:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategic communication planning, crisis communication, hazard communication, public communication best practices and organizational message development.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills and ability to develop creative, concise and clear organizational messaging, even in short timeframe situations, and to work collaboratively with multiple content sources and advisors with varying perspectives.
  • Knowledge of public health and public social service programs.
  • Experience:
    • Coordinating the creative contributions of graphic designers, videographers, photographers, web and social media developers and other modality specialists needed to develop and deliver effective communication materials.
    • Demonstrating strong leadership skills, personal initiative, and effective decision making with resulting outcomes and continuous improvement.
    • Supervisory experience in an organizational communications and/or a public health environment.
    • Presenting complex information in large and small group settings.
    • Writing grants.
  • Ability to:
    • Establish and foster collaborative working relationships with internal and external contacts at all levels of responsibility.
    • Lead staff through the transformational and cultural shifts required to implement a comprehensive, integrated Health and Human Services delivery model.
    • Foster an environment that recognizes and respects cultural, lifestyle, and socioeconomic differences and provide culturally appropriate services.
About the department:
Public Health works to improve and protect the health of children, adolescents and adults who live, learn, work or play in Hennepin County. Our ultimate purpose is to promote physical and mental health, prevent illness and injury associated with communicable diseases and environmental conditions, reduce chronic diseases, and enhance the well-being of individuals affected by mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals - that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at