Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.  

The deadline for the first review of applications is  August 7, 2020 5:00pm.  ​Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date. 

​The application must be filled out completely; stating "see resume" anywhere in the application, is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.

Employer housing and relocation assistance may be available.

Who We Are:

Aspen’s unique character and history give this resort destination a distinctive small-town feel for the biggest little city in the west. With 6,700 year-round residents, Aspen’s population grows to 25,000 in peak seasons with second homeowners, seasonal work force and visitors.  Known for more than its world class skiing, Aspen has become a year-round destination for outdoor adventures along with a vibrant cultural and arts scene. The City of Aspen government is a diverse and dynamic organization, with over 300 employees dedicated to public service, thriving on a culture of teamwork, innovation and building a better tomorrow.

Surrounded by rugged mountain and wilderness areas, Aspen is located in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Valley also is home to Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, all served by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).  RFTA is the largest rural transit system in the United States, and a highly acclaimed public transit system.  Aspen is approximately 205 miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles east of Grand Junction.  The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport serves the city, and Denver International Airport is about four hours away.

The City of Aspen's mission is to engage with positive civil dialogue, provide the highest quality innovative and efficient municipal services, steward the natural environment, and support a healthy, sustainable community for the benefit of future generations and with respect for the work of our predecessors.

The Job:

The ideal candidate for Communications Director will have a visionary and tactical mindset and experience leading a cohesive communication strategy. This role will proactively build partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. The position is responsible for City of Aspen brand management, community engagement initiatives, public relations, departmental management, and emergency management.. 

This role demonstrates an emphasis on quality, the ability to collaborate with others, and represent dependability and reliability within the City Manager’s office. The City of Aspen Manager’s Office represents the administrative leadership of the organization and is comprised of City Manager elected by City Council, Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, Administrative Services Director, and related support staff. The Communications Director works under the direct supervision of the Administrative Services Director, and exercises supervision over the communications staff.

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Minimum Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Relations, Communications, or related field.

Experience: Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience managing in the communications field and demonstrated excellence in written oral and presentation skills.  Demonstrated supervisory experience.

NOTE:  This position requires a Criminal Background Check upon hire.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

NOTE: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

Benefits Package:

The City of Aspen offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(a) Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Homeowner’s Assistance Loan Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Assistance
  • Wellness Incentives
  • And more

The City of Aspen is an equal opportunity employer.

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