City of Tampa

Communications Coordinator (#070410) N35

$33.18-$49.75 Hourly / $5,751.20-$8,623.33 Monthly / $69,014.40-$103,480.00 Yearly


This is responsible work in coordinating a comprehensive program to provide education, information and awareness of department activities to internal and external stakeholders.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class, under general supervision, plans, coordinates and implements a comprehensive communications and public relations program to promote a positive image of the department/division and provide informational and educational information to the general public and to employees. Work is of average difficulty and requires the exercise of some initiative and independent judgment in determining what, when and how to communicate to best serve the needs of the department/division. Tact, discretion and courtesy are extremely important in discharging assigned duties. Work involves liaison and coordination with department, division, other city personnel and the general public. Work is reviewed through conferences, observations, reports submitted, and results obtained. This is an unclassified position.

Examples of Duties

Responds to requests from the general public; provides responses to questions and complaints from the public concerning departmental/divisional operations and facilities.
Coordinates requests for department/division personnel for participation in public events; provides department/division employees to schools, science fairs, etc. 
Provides educational materials and opportunities on request; maintains library of relevant materials; makes brochures and handouts related to the department/division available for dissemination to interested parties.
Ensures communication plan is executed properly; prepares and distributes department newsletter; provides continuous improvement program updates; provides informational video announcements; provides communications to external stakeholders. 
Primary point of contact for and liaison to the Communications Director; ensures established departmental compliance with established communications policies, procedure and directives. 
Maintain department website; review websites for content accuracy and navigation improvements.
Assist in planning, facilitating, and executing public outreach activities including neighborhood and community feedback sessions as needed. 
Draft press materials across mainstream and community-based communication channels.
Initiate press outreach per citywide communications plan/expectations to increase positive messaging on a more routine basis.
Support and initiate visibility for department activities and major projects; lead messaging for projects prioritizing the benefit to the public. 
Track City Council requests and initiatives and provide greater visibility and affirmative positive coverage of progress Guide the publication and release of reports, including community outreach as needed. 
Provide support for all public engagement and outreach as needed.
Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Advanced knowledge of: effective writing and communication skills; familiarity of mainstream and community-based media channels.
Intermediate knowledge of: department programs and portfolio. 
Advanced ability to: professionally represent the department/division and the city; exercise independent judgment in determining what, when, and how to effect communications; communicate effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders.
Intermediate ability to: utilize written and oral communications in an effective manner; deal with the public in an effective manner. 
Advanced skill in: organization of communications and public relations materials and programs; use of computers (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); video production; interpersonal relations; writing and summarizing complex materials for publication.
Intermediate Skill in: scheduling

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, advertising, journalism, or a related field and 1 year of experience as the primary communications person with responsibility for external communications to include media interaction.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers’ license required.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

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