The Chief Communications Officer provides organizational leadership and direction as the principal advisor to all Village departments for the development, maintenance and implementation of overall Village public communications plan, strategies, programs, events, policies, and practices concerning news media relations; graphic design and style standards for consistent and effective brand management; digital, social, audio/visual, print, and broadcast media production and management; crisis and emergency communications; promotional activities and campaigns; press conferences and briefings; ceremonial and special events; ongoing public relations strategy; opinion research; and the application of modern communications technology and performance metrics for continuous improvement of the efficiency and quality of Village communications programming.
Experience:Five (5) years of professional experience in coordinating and monitoring public communications and familiarity with formulating and implementing comprehensive public communications plans. A minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience is required.
Training: Possession ofa bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in journalism, public relations, communications, public administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred or five years equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that demonstrates broad knowledge of the principles and practices of media relations; considerable understanding of municipal operations and modern communication technology; a demonstrated history of innovative work in public relations.
The Village Oak Park is a vibrant community of about 52,000 located immediately west of Chicago on a major interstate/expressway and only 20 minutes from the downtown “Loop” and “Magnificent Mile.” Oak Park is a first-ring suburb serviced by two light-rail rapid transit lines and one commuter rail line to Chicago. The Village offers miles of tree-lined streets as Illinois’s first municipal arboretum, a growing bikeway system and a thriving business community clustered into multiple business areas. This historically significant community provides a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle that includes a mix of architecturally significant homes and buildings, high quality municipal services, excellent public and private schools, and an involved citizenry that is eager to participate in local government. As established by our residents in the comprehensive plan Envision Oak Park, the Village’s five core values are diversity, urban sustainability, respect for Oak Park’s legacy, collaboration & cooperation and thriving neighborhoods.