COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Recruitment #20-S3-0068

Introduction

Loudoun County Government, located in Leesburg, Virginia, is located approximately 40 miles outside Washington, DC. Loudoun County plays a key role in the Northern Virginia region and participates in regional initiatives including those related to transportation/transit and road infrastructure, parks, mental health, public safety, and economic development. Recognized as one of the fastest growing counties in the entire United States, Loudoun boasts a diverse local economy that will continue to expand as the Metrorail Silver Line opens three new stations within the County over the next four years.

Job Description

The Public Affairs and Communications Division of the Office of the County Administrator is seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative visual communicator to join its team as the Visual Communications Specialist.

We’re looking for a creative graphic design professional, with demonstrated skills and exceptional proficiency in using Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, as well as an understanding of print and digital design principles that integrate typographic, photographic, illustrative and graphic elements. The successful candidate for this position will be self-motivated, organized, and creative, and demonstrate an ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

Loudoun County offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes extremely competitive health, dental and vision insurance; matching contributions to deferred compensation plan; and annual and sick leave benefits.

This position will report to the Communications Manager. The Visual Communications Specialist will work as a member of the Public Affairs and Communications team to execute internal and external communications strategies and tactics to keep the public and employees informed about departmental programs and services. As part of the team, successful candidate will create a range of graphic design content including, but not limited to: print and digital communications, on-site video and photography, signage, promotional products, social media, and special projects. The Visual Communications Specialist will also work to ensure compliance with the county’s brand identity to advance communication objectives. The successful candidate will meet deadlines and show strong project management skills—working with others or as part of a team—to see the intended message carried out from inception to finished digital or print media. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized, creative, and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, as well as show a demonstrated understanding of printing, typography, color, photography, and illustration. The Visual Communications Specialist must be able to develop effective working relationships with internal and external customers.

Job Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a design or communications-related field and at least three (3) years of experience in graphic design is required. Proficiency with both Mac and Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) is required. Knowledge of video editing and photography. Familiarity with web design and Content Management Systems. Knowledge and skill with email marketing platforms and social media. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous government, in-house, or non-profit communications experience. Skill in using the full capabilities of Adobe Creative Suite. Experience working within brand guides or standards. Experience with project management or using a project management tool. Demonstrated ability to develop graphic communications that effectively reach and motivate identified audiences.

Special Requirements

Ability to lift or move heavy objects. Some bending and stooping required. A design portfolio is strongly recommended. You may upload a PDF with your application. 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, these 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.

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