DESCRIPTION / POSITION OVERVIEW:

The City

Colorado Springs, with an estimated population of 506,646 occupies 195 square miles at the base of majestic Pikes Peak – America's Mountain and enjoys nearly 243 days of sunshine per year.  With 375 miles of trails and over 150 parks, Colorado Springs is the state's largest city in terms of area and second to Denver in population.

The City is home to the United States Olympic Training Center, and five major military installations, including Fort Carson, Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, and the United States Air Force Academy.

Chief Communications Officer

As a Chief Communications Officer (an at-will position), you will direct and manage the operations of the Communications Office for the City and the Mayor by overseeing the content development for public relations and social and print media material to create a positive image for the City of Colorado Springs. You will also hold monthly town hall meetings, media conferences, employee luncheons, and Mayoral meetings with the City Council. 

Essential Job Functions – the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:

  • Provide positive press for the City, including public relations, developing key messaging for media, and developing brands for the City
  • Provide strategic advice on working with the media and the public
  • Develop strategic budget plans and initiatives to ensure excellent customer service to citizens and vendors to the City
  • Work with the business community, non-profit and cross-sector organizations, other civic groups to build awareness and action around the Mayor's plans
  • Protect the image and reputation of the City of Colorado Springs, including managing the news conferences and media briefings 
  • Develop, oversee, and manage all of aspects of Mayoral publicity, marketing, and communication efforts, including publishing news, writing messages and statements, and determining agendas for town hall meetings and media conferences 
  • Assist with talking points, critical messaging, special remarks, and presentations for the Mayor and other City leadership for public appearances 
  • Consult with the Mayor directly to provide assistance and direction
  • Manage and coach the Communications team to effectively engage with the public and the media 
  • Provide information in emergency situations

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive communication program
  • Knowledge of the design, development, and implementation of communication programs
  • Ability to evaluate and make recommendations on critical communication program requirements
  • Ability to identify solutions to complex communication program requirements
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships 

Exceptional public speaking, writing, and editing skills, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to meet strict deadlines and work well under pressure are also required.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in communications, journalism, media relations, or a related field 
  • Seven years of full-time professional public, media, or community relations experience, including two years of supervisory responsibility

One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.

Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

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