||May 27, 2021
||$77,000 - $93,000
Salary: $77,126.40 - $93,912.00 annually
Type: Regular full time, full benefits
Reopened: May 27, 2021
Application deadline: June 10, 2021
To be considered for this position, you will be required to attach three (3) writing samples to your application: one commentary, one news article or news release, and one feature profile. (Previously published writing samples are preferred; however, applicants may submit samples written specifically for this application.)
Commentary: Persuasive writing about an issue, a program, legislation, etc. (minimum 500 words)
News Article or News Release: Example of writing for news media (minimum 300 words)
Feature profile: Descriptive writing about an individual, a program, event, etc. (minimum 300 words)
Interested candidates should review SDHC's Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report, which is posted on SDHC’s website for examples of work product of SDHC.
If you have any questions about this requirement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Communications and Government Relations (CGR) division's responsibility is to develop and implement strategic communications to reach the public regarding affordable housing opportunities for low-income families living in the City of San Diego, which include federal rental assistance, creating and preserving affordable housing and homelessness housing solutions.
CGR also serves as the clearinghouse for all internal and external communications to ensure consistency, accuracy, and effective management of information in a timely manner.
The division is responsible for website management, print and electronic production of collateral materials, using various multimedia platforms to reach a broader audience to build awareness and support for SDHC's mission, projects, and programs.
In addition, CGR provides communications support for SDHC's government relations activities, which include the preparation of reports for a variety of meetings, such as the SDHC Board of Commissioners, the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego and City Council Committees, as well as responding to public records requests. Internal employee communications include implementing all-employee meetings and events, including community engagement activities.
The CGR division is searching for a Communications Writer. The incumbent will be responsible for content in eight major functions:
- External Communications – Public Information
- Internal Employee Communications
- Government Relations
- Media Relations
- Public Records Requests
- Multimedia Services
Examples of Essential Job Functions:
- Researches, edits and writes persuasively for varied strategic SDHC assignments for both traditional and new media platforms, such as commentaries, news releases, talking points, special reports, pending legislation and position statements, as well as descriptive feature profiles about program participants related to the agency's housing opportunities and initiatives for low-income and homeless San Diegans;
- Participates in developing and implementing strategic communication and public outreach plans;
- Provides logistical support for activities, such as SDHC meetings and news conferences;
- Interacts with SDHC departments in connection to assigned projects; and
- Assists with all SDHC communications activities, and performs other duties as assigned.
- AP style of writing;
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;
- Diverse writing styles, such as persuasive, academic, descriptive features and journalistic writing;
- Journalistic principles;
- Effective communication strategies involving community relations and public outreach;
- Social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, etc.;
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, employees, and SDHC staff;
- Practices of news gathering and media coverage;
- Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility, such as the Brown Act and Public Records Act;
- Responsibilities and proceedings of City Council, State legislature, and Congress, and their committee protocols;
- Communications software, such as Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint;
- Record-keeping principles and procedures;
- Photography and Photoshop; and
- WordPress is desirable.
Demonstrated ability to:
- Collaborate with team members in concept and development of communication projects for both internal and external audiences;
- Recommend communication strategies to execute effective key messages about SDHC's programs for public outreach among diverse stakeholder audiences, such as clients, employees, funders, public officials, governmental agencies, and community organizations;
- Research, analyze, interpret, organize, edit, and write informational material for publication and presentation;
- Edit for style, grammar, and consistency;
- Write clearly and persuasively for varied strategic SDHC assignments for both traditional and new media platforms, such as commentaries, news releases, talking points, special reports; pending legislation, position statements; descriptive feature profiles on program participants and additional public outreach materials as assigned;
- Produce high-quality, creative work in the most efficient manner;
- Manage and execute multiple projects to meet deadlines;
- Adjust to changing priorities;
- Complete assignments with impeccable attention to detail, accuracy, and minimal supervision;
- Think critically and offer solutions to projects;
- Apply SDHC brand and established standards and formats;
- Conduct interviews for effective storytelling;
- Maintain accurate files and records;
- Use Microsoft Office Suite and other communications software needed to perform the job;
- Exercise diplomacy, tact, and discretion when working with clients and employees; and
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education & Experience:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in journalism, marketing, communications, public administration, or a related field and seven years of experience in the writing, editing, and publishing of various forms and styles of print and electronic communications. Experience in journalism and/or public relations is preferred.
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