Director of Communications

Baltimore City Council President's Office

Baltimore, Maryland

Date Posted January 23, 2023
Industry Government
Specialty Other
Required Education Master's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $93,367.00 - $153,867.00
Website https://humanresources.baltimorecity.gov/employment

Description:

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Baltimore City Council

The Office of the City Council President is seeking an established, outgoing Director of Communications to lead a staff of highly motivated team members.  The ideal candidate will administer the public information program and perform a variety of media and communication duties.  Work in this class involves supervising office support personnel.

TYPICAL WORK EXAMPLES (The following examples illustrate the work performed in the positions in the class.  Positions may require some or all of these examples depending on the organization of work within the agency.  This list is not inclusive.  A position may require related duties not listed, if necessary, to accomplish the work of the agency.)

  • Manage the public information program; meets with the council president, chief of staff and team members to gather information and determine promotional needs of the department.
  • Acts as liaison between the City Council and the local news media (radio, television and newspapers, social media), other government agencies and community organizations to promote agency activities and services, and exchange information and counteract unfavorable publicity.
  • Plans, organizes and monitors special events and ceremonies such as dedications, awards and groundbreakings, etc.
  • Photographs or videotapes events, facilities or operations for use in promotional materials.
  • Scripts and compiles slide shows, short films and exhibits.
  • Designs, writes and oversees the printing of pamphlets, brochures and flyers publicizing events and activities.
  • Supervise office support personnel or assign and review the work of subordinate team members.
  • Answers requests for general information; makes public appearances and speaks before community and special interest groups.
  • Researches and compiles background material; may compose speeches for the Council President and staff members.
  • Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of public information.
  • Knowledge of the preparation of material for release to the media (press, radio and television, social media). Knowledge of graphic arts, materials and applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with media, civic, social and community organizations, government agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to plan and organize a promotional campaign.
     

ABOUT THE CITY OF BALTIMORE’S WORKFORCE

With a 15,000+ employee stakeholder workforce, the City of Baltimore’s occupations span from executive and managerial to laboring, including public health and safety, clerical, technical, administrative, and support capacities throughout the metropolitan area. Operating under a Civil Service System, the majority of stakeholders are represented by one of nine labor unions; with a large body of appointed positions.

This career opportunity offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with education and experience. Individuals under final consideration for appointment to this position will be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing and criminal background check. This position will remain posted until the closing date listed or until filled.

NOTES:

EDUCATION ACCREDITATION: Applicants education must be obtained from an accredited institution. Education credentials obtained out of the US must be evaluated for US equivalency. Evaluation agencies information may be obtained at www.naces.org.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: Eligible candidates under final consideration for appointment to positions identified as positions of trust will be required to authorize the release of and successfully complete a criminal conviction check.