The City of Charlottesville is seeking a dynamic communicator to be its next Director of Communications and Public Engagement who will serve as the City government's chief spokesperson and Public Information Officer (PIO). The Director is responsible for developing and directing a city-wide communications program that includes both internal and external communications using multiple tools including the City's website and social media; and is responsible for support and coordination to city-wide departments and offices.
The Director is responsible for developing and administering a public relations and media program for the City, to include ensuring City governmental activities are communicated effectively and accurately to employees, residents, businesses, and other customers; and manages community engagement initiatives. Promotes and maintains a positive public image of the City regarding service issues and programs. A high degree of community engagement with residents is expected, with the incumbent having high levels of cultural humility. This position reports directly to the City Manager and works directly with other senior and executive-level staff. Position has overall management responsibility for the Office of Communications, including supervision of staff. Performs related duties as required.
Hiring salary will be between $100,000 and $135,096 annually, dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, and at least 5 professional references.
Bachelor's Degree with coursework in public relations, communications, journalism, public administration, or related field.
At least five (5) years of experience in media relations, public relations or journalism, preferably in the public sector with local government. (An equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be deemed acceptable).
TO APPLY: to view the complete job information and to apply, visit our employment website listed. Applications are only accepted online through the City of Charlottesville employment page. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, and at least 5 professional references.
The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.
The City of Charlottesville is located in west Central Virginia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River, Charlottesville was established as a town in 1762 by the Virginia General Assembly, and was incorporated as an independent city in 1888. As a result of eight annexations, the most recent of which was effective in 1968, the City now encompasses a land area of 10.4 square miles. The City is autonomous and entirely independent of any county or any other political subdivision. It does not have the same boundaries with or is not subject to taxation by any county or school district, and is not liable for any county or school district indebtedness.