External Affairs Coordinator

Posted by Alissa Willett Monday, April 9, 2018 10:41:00 AM

California State Association of Counties

Looking for a unique career opportunity at the intersection of public policy and communications? Do you like to travel throughout the Golden State and work with individuals who have a passion for public service? If so, then the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) has a career position for you. CSAC is currently recruiting for a dynamic External Affairs Coordinator to join our Communications & Member Services team. Headquartered in Sacramento, CSAC is the voice of California’s 58 counties, providing advocacy, education and communications services. The External Affairs Coordinator is responsible for leading local and regional external communications efforts that support the strategic direction of CSAC. Responsibilities include: serving as the “eyes, ears and voice” for CSAC in the field; planning and developing content of CSAC local and/or regional outreach and public awareness materials; developing relationships with county supervisors and key staff; creating written materials; working closely with county public information officers on statewide issues; working with video production specific to county programs/events; assisting with CSAC’s social media efforts; and providing emergency on-site communications support to counties facing a disaster or communications crisis. Qualifications: An ideal candidate would possess experience with and/or knowledge of county government; an understanding of public policy issues facing California and its 58 counties; experience working with the media and using social media; understanding of public relations principles and practices; and ability to travel extensively within California’s 58 counties. Necessary skills include strong writing and editing for a variety of collateral documents; ability to provide media relations and/or public relations on behalf of CSAC and member counties; refined communication and interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with coworkers, supervisors, general public, etc. to exchange or convey information and receive work direction; strong presentation skills; show strong initiative; and have the ability to effectively prioritize work and work independently, as needed. Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, political science, or a related field; and 5-7 years of experience working in communications and/or public policy in a public or non-profit organization; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Salary: Competitive salary is dependent on qualifications and CSAC offers a full benefits package. How to Apply: Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to David Liebler, CSAC Director of Public Affairs & Member Services at resumes@counties.org. Filing Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

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