$130,000 - $150,000 yearly
Waukegan, IL, USA
Lake County, IL (population 703,462) seeks an innovative, creative and dynamic public relations professional to serve as Lake County’s next Director of Communications. The Communications Director leads the County’s internal and external communications activities including community outreach, public relations, public information, and media relations. This position will develop effective communications plans and strategies, and is responsible for key messages, press releases, social media, website content, print and electronic communication, and Lake County Television (LCTV), as well as assisting departments with the development and implementation of communication strategies and crisis communications.
Lake County is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 30 departments and divisions that provide services including law enforcement, water and sewerage treatment, public health, criminal justice, transportation, public works, land use planning, building inspections, and emergency management. The county has 2,679 employees, a $503 million budget and is governed by a 21 member elected Board.
The Communications Director leads a staff of 6 full time and 8 part time positions in the coordination, development and implementation of internal and external communication, public information and community relations activities (i.e., government access channel, website, social marketing programs, special events, etc.).
The Communications Director anticipates media responses, prepares spokespersons accordingly and responds to media inquiries. The Director also advises and counsels County leaders on communication strategies and crisis communications, including fostering the organization's core values, and marketing County services to residents, community groups, and other external communications.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in communications, public administration, public policy, business, or related field. A master’s degree in communications or related field is preferred. Also required is ten years of related experience including at least four years progressively responsible professional experience in public relations, communications, journalism, or marketing; and two years in a supervisory capacity. Starting salary range is $130,000 - $150,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references at once to www.govhrjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHRUSA, LLC, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243. Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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$175,000 - $200,000 yearly
Norwalk, CT, USA
Norwalk, CT (pop. 89,000) The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is seeking a creative and innovative professional with a record of achievement in urban development, planning and housing policy to serve as its next Executive Director. The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency (NRA) serves a diverse population located in the heart of Fairfield County and situated directly on the Long Island Sound. From South Norwalk to Wall Street, the Redevelopment Agency works with public and private entities to employ the smart-growth principles of mixed income, mixed use and transit-oriented development to enhance Norwalk's vitality and urban diversity.
The Redevelopment Agency is a quasi-governmental organization. The Executive Director reports to a five member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Norwalk and affirmed by the Norwalk Common council for staggered five year terms. The Executive Director leads a staff of 8 full time and one part time employee and administers an operating budget of $1.4 million with approximately $8 million in assets. The NRA staff also serves as the city’s housing and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programming administrator.
The Redevelopment Agency has two subsidiary organizations – the North Walke Housing Corporation, a 501©(3) organization that provides housing opportunities to low and moderate income persons in Norwalk and the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation also a 501©(3) organization that undertakes economic development and redevelopment projects.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, business or finance administration, or a related field and a minimum of 15 years’ experience in the field of urban redevelopment operations. A master’s degree and/or professional certifications are highly desired.
Candidates must also have excellent oral, written and public presentation skills along with exceptional organizational abilities and strong administrative and technological skills.
The successful candidate will be a highly collaborative, experienced executive with a proven track record in urban planning, smart growth and redevelopment issues.
Starting salary range: $175,000 - $200,000 +/- DOQ. Residency in the City of Norwalk is required within 6 months of employment. Candidates should apply electronically no later than August 30, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 work related references to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.
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