The City of Freeport, located in northwestern Illinois, (population approximately 25,000), is seeking a Communications Director. As our first Communications Director, you will enhance the City’s overall marketing and public awareness efforts with the general public, stakeholders and City employees to increase governmental transparency and to foster a well-informed citizenry and workforce.
The Communications Director ultimately reports to the City Manager, though works cooperatively with department heads to ensure that marketing materials are consistent across the organization, effectively communicate City services and information to the public, and portray an exceptional public image. This position is responsible for content development across multiple platforms; maintaining and updating the City’s websites; and developing and implementing a marketing plan, including managing the social media outlets. A full job description can be viewed on the City’s website at https://cityoffreeport.org/city-job-openings/.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a concentration in communications, public relations, journalism, English, business administration, public administration or closely related field. Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
Minimum of three (3) years of significant experience in communications for a governmental body, not-for-profit organization or private sector is required.
Annual salary is $45,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Candidates must be willing to reside within Freeport city limits within six months of hire. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. **Please include a cover letter, writing sample of a media release, and sample report/communication/marketing piece with your resume. **
Please submit application materials listed above to the City of Freeport HR Manager at email@example.com. The City of Freeport is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes a diverse workforce.
About City of Freeport IL
The City of Freeport, IL (pop. 25,000), is an historic community in northwestern Illinois. Freeport is 25 miles west of Rockford, 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border and easily accessible to major metropolitan areas in every direction. Site of an 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate, known for more than 150 years as “Pretzel City” and home to several Fortune 500 companies, Freeport combines history and progress in an area offering both urban and rural living.