East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) seeks a Senior Public Information Representative to join our fast-paced communications team. EBMUD has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s award-winning wastewater treatment program protects San Francisco Bay and serves 680,000 customers.
The Senior Public Information Representative is a supervisory level professional who will manage and perform complex work in media relations, publications, web development, social media and communications management. We seek an exceptional communicator who can foster strategic and effective communication about EBMUD issues and act as media spokesperson and manage publications, social media, and web content. The incumbent will report to the Special Assistant IV (Public Relations and Community Outreach), and work closely with the General Manager, senior managers, elected and appointed officials and expert technical staff on programs and projects that provide essential community services and protect our environment.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
Managing EBMUD media relations and serving as spokesperson; working with local, state and national media, using proven skills to promptly and effectively pitch and respond to media inquiries, develop key messages, create press releases, conduct press briefings and editorial boards, and produce and supervise production of information useful to the media.
Managing EBMUD’s customer and internal employee communications (online, print, displays, exhibits, and more), producing content and supervising production of reports, fact sheets, bill inserts, newsletters and website content to ensure creative, accurate and responsive communications.
Planning, directing and participating in consequential and long-range public information planning for EBMUD projects and campaigns, and working with elected officials, managers and subject matter experts throughout the organization to plan and implement communications activities.
Playing a key role in EBMUD’s Emergency Operations Team during declared emergencies and planning and preparing for emergencies.
Leading, planning, assigning, monitoring, coordinating and evaluating the work of Public Information Representatives responsible for supporting media response and for creating and disseminating EBMUD’s communications program materials such as online services, social media, one-time and recurring publications, videos and presentations.
Arranging for and participating in tours, public hearings, meetings and other community events.
Engaging with peers in other water and wastewater agencies, and maintaining awareness of local, state and national public relations industry, and media trends and patterns.
Performing related work as required.
The most competitive candidates will have:
Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated experience as a communications professional who works effectively with the media, elected and appointed officials, senior managers and a diverse customer base.
Demonstrated experience managing the work of other communications professionals conducting media relations, preparing publications and managing websites.
Attention to detail, excellent proof reading and project management experience.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels of the organization in a collaborative manner.
A high level of professional maturity, with experience in meeting deadlines, juggling multiple priorities while producing high-quality work and achieving excellent results.
Knowledge of California’s water industry and experience working for a large public utility, local government or special district is a plus.
The annual salary is $112,464 up to $162,420. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point ($146,196 per year).
Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge and abilities indicated above. Typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge, skills and abilities for the Senior Public Information Representative position is a combination of training and experience equivalent to:
A bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public relations, journalism, communications, sociology, business or public administration or a closely related field, and
A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience as a public affairs staff member or as an editor or reporter in print, electronic or broadcast media.
Must possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position. Must be willing to be on-call to respond to media inquiries and EBMUD emergencies nights, weekends, and holidays as needed. Must be willing to occasionally travel overnight to conduct tours of outlying EBMUD facilities or attend professional meetings and conferences. Must possess a valid California driver’s license, a satisfactory driving record, and sufficient physical mobility to conduct tours of EBMUD facilities and report to field locations as needed. Fluency in Spanish or Chinese is a plus.
Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at www.ebmud.com/jobs by 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 9, 218. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.
EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is a public utility formed under California’s Municipal Utility District Act. EBMUD supplies water and provides wastewater treatment for parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the East San Francisco Bay Area. EBMUD’s water systems serves approximately 1.3 million people in 332-square-mile area: and the wastewater system serves approximately 650,000 people in an 88-square-mile area.
Headquartered in Oakland, EBMUD is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors elected from wards within the service area. The Board determines overall policies, which are then implemented under the direction of the Board appointed General Manager.
EBMUD employs nearly 2,000 employees at locations throughout the East San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Camanche and Pardee Reservoir areas. Explore the different careers paths available at EBMUD with descriptions of skills, experience, education, certifications and licenses needed to move and grow within the organization!
EBMUD offers employees a wide range of benefits and programs designed to suit their individual needs and promote balance between their work and everyday live...s. You can read more about our employee benefits program at http://www.ebmud.com/jobs/job-resources/employee-benefits-program/.
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EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.