0901 Mayoral Staff XIII

Deputy Director of Communications

Recruitment #PEX-0901-090163


The primary role of the Deputy Communications Director is to ensure that the Mayor’s objectives and achievements are communicated effectively to the media, plan and execute the Mayor’s press strategy, respond to media inquiries, pitch policy stories, send press releases and manage press events.  Keep track of Mayor policy initiatives and accomplishments, make decisions about what to promote, work to shape overall strategy, and carry out in timely, effective and well-ordered fashion.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Reports to the Communication Director  
  • Plan and coordinate press announcements including identifying locations, contacting media, facilitating the event, reviewing and finalizing press releases, talking points and briefing materials.
  • Staff Mayor at press events including interfacing with press, coordinating event logistics and managing interviews with press.
  • Under the direction of the Communications Director, briefing reporters and answering questions on any range of topics and issues.
  • Speaking on camera to reporters regarding the Mayor’s position on any range of topics or issues.
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities and improvements to the Mayor’s website and online presence.
  • Coordinate responses to press inquiries among department public information officers.
  • Compose and edit press releases, quotes, statements, talking points, and Q&A documents.  
  • At the direction of the Communications Director, supervise press office staff and interns.
  • Serve as Acting Communications Director when the Communications Director is out of the office.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; analytical and problem-solving skills; an ability to navigate political issues; a high degree of professionalism; the ability to navigate difficult or opposing interests or objectives; and experience working in government.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public relations, journalism, English, mass communications, public administration, public policy or a closely related field. 


Three (3) years of professional experience in communications or media relations.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously” Follow instructions on the screen Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.



Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Appointment Type Permanent Exempt (PEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Mayor.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

Issued: November 1, 2018
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0901-090163

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