Community Outreach Specialist

Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships vacancy

Recruitment #18-S74-001


Do you have a strong background in community outreach, public relations and marketing? Are you an excellent communicator who is passionate about public awareness and the needs and impacts to our community? The City of Ventura is seeking an innovative marketing professional to play a key role as a Community Outreach Specialist on our collaborative communications team in the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at by the 3/24/2019 filing deadline!

To learn more about the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department, visit:


Under general supervision, develops, plans, coordinates, and implements a wide variety of advertising, marketing, public relations, communications strategies and community outreach campaigns for the City. Writes media releases, articles, advertising copy, presentations, newsletters, project and program information notices and other marketing collateral. Administers communications tools including social and digital media platforms and employee Intranet. Provides professional and technical assistance to City departments, commissions, and committees as assigned.


An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy in the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department,  as well as future related full-time, part-time or temporary citywide vacancies.


  • Is enthusiastic about making the City more accessible to and interactive with its residents
  • Has excellent writing skills in a variety of formats, including speeches, media releases, articles and presentations
  • Has proven experience communicating critical information using communications tools including social and digital media platforms
  • Has exemplary communication, customer service and public relation skills
  • Has broad knowledge of proven marketing techniques for public awareness campaigns
  • Demonstrates experience in sponsorships, fund raising campaigns and grant writing
  • Works effectively in a fast-paced environment, with multiple projects and deadlines
  • Is proficient in PowerPoint software


    Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Plans, coordinates, reviews, and implements a wide variety of informational marketing, public relations, community outreach and advertising functions and strategies for city departments.

    Acts as primary resource to staff and management regarding the design and development of appropriate communication plans. Coordinates and develops the content, design and production for informational collateral (including brochures, flyers, newsletters, speeches, presentations, as well as general business correspondence for advertising and promotional activities.) Works with the City’s graphic staff on design and production.

    Prepares and distributes media releases for radio, print and television. Writes and produces radio and television public service announcements, paid advertising, and feature articles. Negotiates media sponsorship proposals. Places newspaper buys and radio and television airtime. Schedules media coverage of various events.

    Acts as resource to City's website development team.

    Produces informational brochures, newsletters and strategic plan documents describing the services and programs offered by the City. Establishes production schedule and time lines; researches and writes content; coordinates photo shoots and oversees graphic design. Coordinates distribution of final document.

    Coordinates and implements various City Council presentations. Sets up receptions, writes speeches for City officials, creates mailing lists and invitations, arranges appropriate press coverage, and takes photos.

    Coordinates and implements fund raising campaigns for City projects, including special events, writing of grants and major donor solicitations. Works with community groups, businesses and residents to develop funding mechanisms for City programs and services.

    Communicates critical information regarding City programs and projects to the general public.  Interacts daily with impacted businesses and residents as appropriate.  Coordinates the communication plan(s) associated with each project and major program.

    Plans, coordinates, utilizes, communicates and supervises the collection of data regarding marketing and public outreach effectiveness, as well as the projected needs and priorities of the City and Department relating to assigned programs and functions. Compiles a comprehensive analysis for planning and developmental purposes.

    Purchases or oversees the purchase of a variety of supplies, materials, and equipment for designated marketing/promotional activities. Reviews and approve expenditure requests.

    Attends meetings, workshops, and conferences. Makes presentations and provides information regarding assigned program areas, special projects and events.

    Perform related duties as required.


    License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


    A combination of training, education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or a related field, and two years of progressively responsible experience in marketing, media, fund raising, public relations or communications, including some supervision and coordination of major functions is required.


    Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

    Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

    Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

    Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

    Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

    Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

    Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

    Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

    Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

    Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

    Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

    Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

    Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

    Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

    Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for course taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

    Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

    Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

    Selection Plan

    Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

    Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

    Department Selection Interview

    A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in April 2019, date to be determined.


    The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: