COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Recruitment #20-A1-0167

Introduction

Loudoun County Government, located in Leesburg, Virginia, is located approximately 40 miles outside Washington, DC and is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

Job Description

As a key member of the Public Affairs and Communications team, the Communications Manager will manage a wide range of internal and external communications for the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure. This position develops and implements creative and effective communication strategies and initiatives to inform the public about transportation and capital projects in this rapidly growing county. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with expertise in public affairs, public relations, public information, digital communication, community outreach, event planning, video production, marketing, journalism, and/or other areas within the field of communication.

The Communications Manager’s responsibilities include coordinating media relations activities; developing and executing public information campaigns; strategic communication planning; event and community meeting management; photography; employee communications; marketing; executive support; and crisis communications. The Communications Manager also strategically creates content for countywide social media accounts and digital properties to ensure impactful, consistent messaging across multiple platforms. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and creative, as well as adhere to the highest standards of excellence and demonstrate an ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

This position requires outstanding writing and content creation skills, the ability to organize information from multiple sources, and a commitment to accuracy and quality. The Communications Manager also collaborates with the other members of the Public Affairs and Communications team to support countywide priorities, including support for the Board of Supervisors and senior leadership, countywide media relations activities and public information campaigns, strategic communication planning, employee communications, and emergency communication within the National Incident Management System(NIMS)framework.

Job Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in communication, public relations, journalism, marketing, public administration, or other related field, and two years of experience in journalism, communication, media relations, public relations, or other related field. Proficiency in communication concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques. Skilled in collaborating with multiple stakeholders across different levels of an organization. Experience managing and producing a broad range of communications for a government, non-profit, communications, or other large and diverse organization.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in journalism, public relations, communication, marketing or other related discipline, and at least five years of related experience. Experience managing communications for a transportation and/or transit organization, or a government agency or non-profit. Experience working with senior elected and appointed officials in a communication capacity.

Special Requirements

Ability to lift or move heavy objects. Some bending and stooping required. This position is considered essential personnel and therefore will be required to work on-site during emergencies, including closures of the County government and full activations of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In addition, this positions will require some after-hours work to support routine and emergency meetings and events.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Successful candidate will undergo a criminal background check.