The Mojave Water Agency is seeking a full-time position in our Public Information Department for:
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
The Public Information Officer is an exempt position with an annual salary range of $101,413 - $141,978; paid bi-weekly
The ideal Public Information Officer performs a variety of professional and administrative activities in support of Agency public affairs, community relations, public information, government and media relations and internal communications programs, and facilitates two-way communication between the Agency and its multiple stakeholders; and performs related duties, as assigned.
Some examples of essential job functions, knowledge and abilities are:
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures; Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation; Principles and practices of budget development, administration, and accountability; Principles, practices, and techniques of public information, community relations, and public education and methods of preparing informational materials and disseminating them through various media including social and electronic media; Principles, practices, and procedures related to media relations, reporting, and news writing; Current political, social, economic, and legal activities and trends impacting the Agency; Applicable Federal and State laws; Agency, department, and division regulations, codes, policies, and procedures; Techniques for effectively representing the Agency in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations; Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Agency staff; Plan, research, organize, administer, coordinate, implement, review, and evaluate a variety of public information, media, legislative, and communications related activities and programs; Prepare and administer budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner; Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; Work effectively with diverse groups of different ages and various socio-economic backgrounds; listen to and discuss problems and complaints tactfully; Learn and understand the organization and operation of the Agency and outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; Effectively represent the division, department, and the Agency in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals; Speak before government, professional, and community organizations and in public forums, taking proactive steps to build and maintain positive relations with key business, civic and community leaders and groups; Effectively present information and respond to questions from MWA employees and directors, customers, government agencies, and the general public. Apply political sensitivity and acumen when representing the Agency with various stakeholders and in a variety of forums; Have sensitivity and diplomacy when providing timely assistance to elected officials whether Council or Board members; Operate audio visual equipment to shoot still photos and video and related digital content, as well as experience with web-based communications (content management systems and social networks).
For the entire list of the essential job functions, knowledge & abilities, and licenses/certifications, please see the job description on the Agency website at: www.mojavewater.org.
Qualified candidates will possess:
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, plus seven (7) years of experience in journalism, media relations, public information and/or public relations preferably in a public agency with an elected Board, as well as experience supervising and training staff.
LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
Valid California Class C Driver’s License and current automobile insurance.
If interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit an Agency application and resume to:
Completed Agency application and resume are required. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Additional information and Agency application can be obtained from the Agency’s website at: www.mojavewater.org.