Director of Department of Public Communications (Strategy and Community Engagement)
Location: Pontiac, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Salary: $136,208 to $182,626
Internal Number: OC, MI - Dir. Dept. of PC
Oakland County, MI (pop. 1,251,000) County Seat: Pontiac/Waterford. Oakland County is located in southeast Michigan, immediately north of Detroit. With a population of 1.2 million and covering over 900 square miles, Oakland County offers cosmopolitan urban centers, lakefront living, historic town centers, and natural country settings within close proximity of an array of employment opportunities. Providing the diversity of choice vital to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and high quality of life: 38,000 businesses, 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries, call Oakland County home. The county blends the State’s most robust economy with an unmatched quality of life. This diversity makes Oakland County unique and competitive. Oakland County’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) is $100 billion, which represents 23% of the state of Michigan’s total GDP.
The County is governed by an elected County Executive, David Coulter, and a 21-member Board of Commissioners who are elected by district for a two-year term of office. The Director of Communications is an appointed position, serves at the pleasure of the County Executive and reports to the Chief Deputy County Executive. This position will serve as a strategic advisor to the senior leadership team will work with all County departments to effectively execute cross-organizational communication strategies.
The Director of the new Department of Public Communications will function as a multidiscipline leader, responsible for a wide range of communications, strategy, and community engagement services. The position is directly responsible for the management of five (5) County divisions, each division is led by a manager, these divisions include:
Creative Operations (print, digital, multimedia, and graphic design)
Marketing and Communication
While experience in one of more of these technical areas is valued, the Director of Communications primary function will be to develop cohesive strategies and internal policies, to be implemented by all divisions of the County, which present accurate, consistent, and clear public facing materials and public interactions. In addition, this position will develop, in cooperation with the community engagement division, an innovative constituent relations management (CRM) system. In implementing the County’s vision for community engagement, the Director of Communications will utilize traditional and software tools to create a model CRM for effective constituent services, modernizing and enhancing the County’s communication and service to its citizens, local governments, businesses, and visitors. This is a new Department within county government and the first Director will lead the establishment of its functions, processes and role internally with all other departments and externally with the public and key stakeholders.
It is vital for the individual in this position to be a confident consensus builder committed to public service and inclusive leadership principles.
Desirable Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field of study.
Have had at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in a leadership position.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proven experience developing, reviewing, and executing communication strategies.
Demonstrated experience successfully interacting with internal and external stakeholders, including top level executives and public figures.
Demonstrated experience setting priorities, goals, and objectives.
Strong analytical, organizational and time management skills.
The Director must maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field of study.
Proven track record in implementing new initiatives to meet organizational needs.
Well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues.
Implementation and / or management of a comprehensive customer (constituent) relations management system
Successful experience as a lead communications and strategy officer of an organization similar to
Salary range is $136,208 to $182,626 DOQE.
Apply online at www.GovHRjobs.com with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references. Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240.
Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by October 28, 2021.