The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is seeking a Director of Public Affairs for our Office of Public Affairs located in the County Administration building in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida.
St. Johns County residents enjoy a healthy quality of life with many perks including the #1 rated public school system in the State of Florida, miles of beach shoreline, peaceful estuary scenery of the St. Johns River, long established agriculture and equestrian scene, and the nation’s oldest city, historic St. Augustine. In 2019, St. Johns County was ranked the 10th fastest growing county in the United States showcasing that there is truly something for everyone in St. Johns County!
The St. Johns County Office of Public Affairs is responsible for overseeing the implementation and monitoring of communications efforts, both externally and internally, by establishing messages and procedures that help increase public awareness and understanding of county services, programs, and initiatives. The Public Affairs team works with elected officials, administration, and department staff on effective communication strategies as well as engages the community through public outreach.
Our Director of Public Affairs is responsible for managing media and public relations activities for the County. As Director of Public Affairs, your responsibilities include directing and overseeing the development and distribution of public information, media relations, marketing, community outreach and engagement, event planning, content development, and social media administration.
The Director of Public Affairs plays a key leadership role in translating the Organization’s vision and values into planning and goals. This position is responsible for the direct supervision of the Public Affairs team, serving to direct daily operations and reinforcing an environment consistent with mission, values, and best practices.
The ideal Director of Public Affairs candidate must be motivated and collaborative, and must possess St. Johns County’s core values of compassion, innovation, and trustworthiness. Specific responsibilities of the Director include but are not limited to:
- Directs the writing and distribution of press releases; responds to media inquiries; acts as county spokesperson before the news media.
- Directs the Government Television Channel content and activities.
- Creates and implements communication policies and strategies for the county.
- Directs internal communications, including status updates, memoranda, and announcements.
- Manages the County Administrator’s annual town hall meetings and public outreach efforts.
- Oversees county marketing and publicity activities.
- Serves as editor-in-chief of county publications and newsletters.
- Advises senior administrators and elected officials on communications-related matters.
- Oversees the management of the County website and other social media activities.
- Develops presentations, memoranda, correspondence, and reports for the County Administrator.
- Directs special meetings and events to ensure compliance with protocol.
- Coordinates the county’s legislative efforts; develops the annual legislative action plan; corresponds with state and federal officials, staff and lobbyists.
- Manages media coordination efforts from the Emergency Operations Center during activations.
- Maintains a full-time presence on the job.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Candidates for the Director of Public Affairs are encouraged to apply if they possess the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a related course of study to the occupational field.
- Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the department in order to direct and coordinate work within the department, usually interpreted to require five to seven years of related experience.
- Knowledge of county policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of communications principles and practices.
- Knowledge of public and media relations principles and practices.
- Knowledge of government access channel television broadcasting.
- Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
- Knowledge of computers, job-related software programs, and social media platforms.
- Skill in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the work of personnel.
- Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
- Skill in the preparation of clear and precise administrative reports and presentations.
- Skill in oral and written communication.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license and any other endorsements necessary to legally operate vehicles used while assigned to this position.
- Must possess good interpersonal and communication skills in order to serve others.
- Must be able to comprehend, speak, and write the English language.
- Must be able to operate a computer.
NOTE TO APPLICANTS:
Applications are accepted via St. Johns County’s Career Page ONLY: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sjcfl/jobs/3880425/director-of-public-affairs
Please be advised that emailed resumes or otherwise will not be accepted for consideration.
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is a drug-free workplace and equal opportunity employer.
All employment actions are taken without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, handicap, disability, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.