$60,000.00 - $80,000.00 Annually
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Job Functions:
The Senior Public Relations Manager will play a vital role in shaping and maintaining the City's image and reputation to the public and media. The Senior Public Relations Manager will develop and implement PR strategies, manage crisis communications, create compelling content, plan media events, and build relationships with media, influencers, stakeholders, and citizens; work closely with the executive leadership team and cross-functional departments, identifying opportunities for media relations, content creation, and event planning. Through regular stakeholder engagement and proactive media outreach, continually enhance the brand message and communications, effectively speaking to the media and addressing questions on a variety of complex topics for a variety of the City departments; responsible for assisting with the strategy and execution in crisis of all shapes and sizes (from water issues to hurricanes), which can require being on call 24/7. Develop communication plans, monitor and respond to issues, and provide guidance to the executive leadership team in assistance with the Emergency Operations Center depending on the severity of the issue; work as a liaison between all City departments and administration to find and pitch stories that help control the narrative and the right channels or partners; responsible for creating compelling content and messaging for internal and external audiences which includes: writing press releases, talking points, speeches, pitches, and other communications materials and graphics. Responds to citizen concerns, questions, and comments via social media or otherwise as a community manager and face of the City. Plan and execute events that support the City's initiatives and programs such as press conferences and groundbreaking ceremonies.
Other Job Functions:
Performs other duties as required. Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
This position is considered essential during emergency situations . Works inside in an open office environment; must be available to work 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, extended hours, weekend and holidays when necessary; travel may be required.
Minimum Essential Qualifications
Knowledge : Knowledge in office practices and procedures, equipment, and software, including Microsoft Office, Canva and other software applications (Adobe programs preferred); knowledge of photography and graphic design; knowledge of database management; knowledge of all current social media platforms. Strong knowledge and existing relationships with local media outlets, including broadcast, print, radio and digital.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills that balances accuracy with need for speed of response; skilled in the use of personal computers, printers, software and other office equipment; telephone etiquette; must possess excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and organizational skills; detail oriented with ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; experience managing deadlines and production schedule; excellent proof-reading skills; a collaborative spirit and ability to engage colleagues and leadership. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines and personalities and comfortable liaising with senior City staff and elected officials.
Constantly sees and hears; frequently types, sits, stands, sorts, stores, twists body, writes by hand, operates PC, carries and lifts objects weighing up to 40 lbs.; infrequently operates a calculator, kneels, crawls, climbs.
Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations or related field required; Master's Degree in Communications, Education or a related field. A minimum five (5) years of work experience in a Public Relations or Journalism role. Bilingual in Spanish highly desired.
Applicant selected for hire will be subject to a background investigation and drug/alcohol screen test.
The City of Beaumont provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, The City of Beaumont will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation or other assistance contact a Human Resources representative at (409) 880-3777 or through RELAY Texas at 1-800-735-2989 or mail your request to P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, Texas 77704.
The City may consider all related education and/or experience in determining the applicant's minimum qualifications and starting salary.
All Full-Time Civilian employees have the option to receive medical, prescription, and dental insurance.
Do you possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record or another state valid driver's license equivalent to Texas Class C with a good driving record? Texas state law requires within 30 days of residency, you must possess a valid Texas driver's license.
Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations or a Master's Degree in Communications, Education or related field required?
Do you have a minimum of five (5) years work experience in a Public Relations or Journalism role?
Are you fluent in the English and Spanish language?