Public Affairs Specialist

Cox Communications, Foothill Ranch, CA, United States

Work at Cox Communications

Salary: USD 69,400.00 - 104,200.00 per year

Duration: Full-Time

Primary Responsibilities:

Community Relations - 50%

  • Develops and implements programs that positively impact the community and reflect well on the company.
  • Acts as a liaison between Cox and nonprofit organizations and school administrators to evaluate whether the organization's needs fit under Cox's pillars and priorities. Coordinates philanthropic efforts and charitable giving activities in collaboration with Public Affairs Manager.
  • Organizes local involvement -volunteerism, financial support, advocacy - in broad company initiatives including but not limited to youth and education, technology, diversity and inclusion, and conservation and sustainability, keeping close record of impact within the market.
  • Provides support for Cox Charities Foundation programs and initiatives including board meetings, membership drives, nonprofit grants and other Foundation initiatives. Facilitates Foundation and employee meetings. Assists in the daily management of Cox Charities website.
  • Coordinates and responds to grant requests from nonprofit organizations and manages follow-up communications. Serves as a point of contact with customers, public & internal business partners inquiring about sponsorships and community programs.
  • Assists with organization and execution of employee volunteer opportunities and donation programs.
  • In collaboration with Manager, Public Affairs, coordinates employee involvement on nonprofit community Boards of Directors.
  • Writes, edits, and develops a variety of print and electronic communications to promote and support Cox's community relations and educational activities.
  • May coordinate events and activities which celebrate diversity in the communities and support Cox's stated positions on inclusion and diversity of employees, vendors and community partners.
  • Represents the company at public, social, and business gatherings. May include public speaking opportunities.
  • Coordinates the monthly cross-channel public service announcement inventory and schedule and works with internal and external partners to maximize the asset opportunity.
  • Various other duties as assigned.

Project/Event Management - 30%

  • Collects and maintains data of annual charitable giving; maintains and updates database of all community leaders and partners.
  • Oversees various project plans across all functions, maintains project organization, keeps projects on task and adheres to deadlines.
  • Collaborates on departmental reporting and analysis and recommends improvements based on data.
  • Manages internal and external events to build on Cox's positive brand among employees and media, elected officials and other stakeholders.

Government Affairs & Communications Support - 20%

  • Provides support with content for print and electronic communications to promote and support Public and Government Affairs and the Cox Charities Foundation. This may include photography support, written articles, FAQs, press releases, ad copy, run of show, talking points and program ads.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline (i.e. Marketing, Business, Communications, etc.) and 2 years' experience in a related field (i.e. Public Affairs, Community Relations, Government Affairs, Project Management etc.) The right candidate could also have a different combination, such as a master's degree and 2 years' experience; a Ph.D. and up to 1 year of experience; or 6 years' experience in a related field
  • Demonstrated history of civic or community involvement
  • Requires expert knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Strong skills in desktop publishing, presentation, and design tools, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, presentation, and collaborative skills to work effectively with teams throughout the organization
  • Collaborative team member; solutions-oriented problem solver
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (be prepared to share writing samples)
  • Organizational skills and attention-to-detail required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a region-wide, cross-functional team
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-change environment
  • Requires flexible schedule to attend meetings/events in mornings, evenings and some weekends.
  • Must have a clean driving record and be able to travel within the system.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA degree in related discipline strongly desired (i.e. Marketing, Business, Communications, etc.)
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • Photography/ Video editing experience

USD 69,400.00 - 104,200.00 per year

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is the largest private telecom company in America, serving six million homes and businesses. That's a lot, but we also proudly serve our employees. Our benefits and our award-winning culture are just two of the things that make Cox a coveted place to work. If you're interested in bringing people closer through broadband, smart home tech and more, join Cox Communications today!

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Cox empowers employees to build a better future and has been doing so for over 120 years. With exciting investments and innovations across transportation, communications, cleantech and healthcare, our family of businesses - which includes Cox Automotive and Cox Communications - is forging a better future for us all. Ready to make your mark? Join us today!

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