Appointed / At-Will Position

Recruitment #2109-0403-001


Positions in this classification are unclassified.  Employment is “at will.”  Employees are not eligible for civil service protections.  Employees are appointed by the Elected Official, serve at the discretion of the Elected Official, and are members of the Elected Official’s personal staff. This position will work between 15-20 hours per week. 


The part-time Personal Staff Member (Communications Specialist) supports the efforts of the City of Tucson by curating public communications and social media content, designing graphics and branded materials, developing creative publicity strategies, capturing professional photos and video, and covering events and meetings as needed. This person will act as a voice of the City and will be responsible for streamlining language and communications materials to stay aligned with priorities and values of the office. 

In this office we value:  Diversity, inclusion, communication, teamwork, family, community, and personal and professional growth.

Specific duties:

  • Represents the interests of the Elected Official’s Office while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Drafts the bi-weekly office newsletter, edits and reviews the content for errors and updates, circulates the draft to the team for review, and sends out the final version.
  • Manages Social Media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Nextdoor accounts. Drafts and publishes timely, diversified, daily content, free of errors and in line with priorities.
  • Develops language for speeches, events, press releases, presentations, letters of recommendation, op eds, and any additional communications as needed, including monthly newspaper articles. 
  • Strategizes new ways to lift up policy priorities, sharing ideas and proposals with the team for feedback.
  • Designs graphics, PowerPoints, video, and additional images as needed for events, meetings, and constituent services.
  • Attends events while taking photos and video for communications materials.
  • Participates in meetings with City departments and external stakeholders to gain a fuller understanding of the City's work and priorities.
  • Supports events and projects spearheaded by colleagues.
  • Researches policy, local history, and other subjects to inform communications.


Minimum Qualifications


  • High school diploma / GED


  • Experience in creative and professional writing and communications.
  • Experience in professional photography and video. 
  • Interest in learning about city policy and developing educational materials for the public.
  • Flexible mindset; prioritizes feedback and revisions in their work.
  • Proactive work style with the ability to take initiative, brainstorm new ideas, make decisions quickly
  • Exceptional time management and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to break down complex subjects and policy language into digestible content for public communications.
  • A team-player who prioritizes communication, collaboration and implementing feedback.

While this position is communications-focused, the person in this role has the opportunity to take on policy areas as interested and needed by the office.


Selection Plan

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and submit the below required materials will be reviewed for further consideration. 

  • Submit a resume by uploading it in the application portal.
  • Submit a cover letter by uploading it in the application portal.
  • Submit an example of work in the field of communications and/or media by uploading it in the application portal.

The resume, cover letter, and example of work are required, and only those who submit all three will be considered. Please combine all three of these required files into one document to upload. 

Applications will be reviewed after the job announcement closes. Applicants will be notified of their standing in the process after a resume review. The highest ranking applicants will be invited to an interview.



This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.