Purpose

Are you seeking more than a paycheck? Do you want to serve your community in a way that's friendly, composed, and professional?

At Jeffco, we are looking for customer-focused individuals just like you who take pride in their work, have an eye for detail, and believe in a positive attitude. Whether you are coming from a job where travel is mandatory, or leaving a company with an overwhelming schedule, you can find a better quality of life working with the Jeffco community. We offer exciting benefits such as flex time, generous holiday schedules, and regular business hours so you can stay put, spend more time with family, and enjoy all the amenities Jefferson County has to offer!

The Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office is one of the most public-facing offices in all of Colorado's government, affecting almost every person in our 600,000-person county. The office oversees elections in one of the top swing counties in the country; runs the county's DMV functions, directly interfacing with hundreds of thousands of people every year; and carries out many other important administrative tasks, including issuing marriage licenses and recording public documents.
 
Jefferson County is one of the largest counties in Colorado and is located just west of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The County building is located in Golden, home to the Coors Brewing Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Colorado School of Mines. It is a 20-minute drive or 35-minute train ride from downtown Denver.  

About Clerk and Recorder George Stern
George Stern was recently elected to serve a four-year term as the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. He comes to the Clerk and Recorder's office with extensive professional experience in both the public and private sectors. George was a public high school teacher and baseball coach in Colorado before heading to Harvard Law School, where he studied voting rights and policy implementation. He worked in the Obama White House on health care, veterans issues, and government ethics, and for Governor Hickenlooper on everything from marijuana regulation to marriage equality and government accountability. After graduating law school magna cum laude, George moved back to Colorado and worked as a business consultant with McKinsey, helping Fortune 500 companies and various governments improve their strategies and operations.

George is excited to use his experience from both the public and the private sectors – as a former teacher, attorney, and business consultant – to create a 21st-century Clerk and Recorder's office that delivers the best customer service in Colorado. By empowering staff, engaging constituents, leveraging technology, and fostering a culture of constant improvement, George intends to create an innovative and modern office that will serve as a nationwide model for efficient, effective, and compassionate government service.

Essential Duties

The Public and Government Affairs Director is appointed by and works directly with the Clerk, and is responsible for developing and managing all internal and external communications and government affairs strategy for the Clerk & Recorder's office. The Director oversees citizen communications and marketing, media relations, government affairs, employee communications, change management, the citizen feedback process, and special events. He or she also works with each division to develop and manage the office's communications strategy and government priorities, track progress with benchmarks and data, reevaluate goals based on measured success and changing internal and external circumstances, and develop division budget based on needs.
 
The ideal candidate will be a values-driven professional with a desire to be a part of a team that is setting the bar for great public service. He or she must be an excellent oral and written communicator with diverse public affairs and government experience. The candidate must be able to work independently, as well as collaborate effectively with internal colleagues to develop strategies that meet their goals. He or she must also have the proven ability to move between diverse tasks with ease and must be a natural innovator.

Specific duties may include:

  • Develop and manage all informational and marketing materials for every division. Create and manage website content, videos, and all social media. Coordinate with community groups to share information and schedule speaking appearances.
  • Develop relationships with reporters, write press releases, propose stories, schedule TV appearances, draft and publish OpEds and blog posts. Serve as spokesperson for the Clerk and Recorder's Office. Lead crisis communications strategy. Compose talking points, speeches, and communications for the Clerk and Recorder and Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder and assist with interview and media preparation.
  • Develop legislative priorities and strategy; prepare draft bills; write testimony talking points, testifying when necessary. Maintain strong relationships with the Secretary of State's office and Department of Revenue, establishing joint priorities. Work closely with the Clerk's association. Identify critical relationships throughout Jefferson County and Colorado government and pursue strategic partnerships.
  • Manage all internal communications, including intranet and regular employee newsletter.
  • Serve as strategic advisor and chief communicator for all office change management efforts.
  • Develop, monitor, and manage citizen feedback process. Work with each division to adjust service and strategies based on citizen comments.
  • Plan and participate in public events, including festivals, meetings, parades, etc. Create and coordinate program partnerships with schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.
  • Develop communications strategy in coordination with all divisions, track progress, reevaluate goals based on results. Develop and administer communications budget.

 

Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five (5) or more years of relevant public or private sector professional experience, including proven success with marketing, public relations, employee communications, event planning, change management, and crisis communications.
  • Strong familiarity with government, including the legislative process, interactions between different levels of government and different agencies, and methods for navigating bureaucracy.
  • Excellent written and oral communicator.
  • Experience communicating with press, both on and off the recorder.
  • Strong familiarity with current and emerging social media sites and tools.
  • Experience capturing pictures and videos, editing them, and employing them.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; graphics programs, HTML, web design software, and Adobe Creative Suite desired.
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure, high-scrutiny, public-facing office.

 
Offer of employment contingent upon criminal history and motor vehicle record check. Requires a valid driver's license; if you are from out of state, you must obtain a valid Colorado driver's license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations, nor more than one DUI, DWI, or DWAI conviction in the past three years. Must be registered to vote in Colorado at date of hire.

We will ask the top candidates for contact information (email and phone) for five (5) references to help make a hiring decision.

 

Additional Information

Please provide a resume and cover letter with your application.  

Benefits and Salary: Salary will range from $85,000 – $95,000, depending on experience, with opportunity for performance-based bonuses. Additionally, the County offers comprehensive benefits and generous time off that are competitive with the private sector.
 
Commitment to Diversity: We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, marital status, age, disability, political affiliation, and national origin.

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