Do you enjoy interpreting engineering/planner speak?
Does AP Style flow through your veins?
Can you tweet the same message five different ways?
Can you defend both sides of the serial comma argument?
Is customer service a way of life for you?
THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED
Meet the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) Communications Team – A six-member group of creative people who love their work and have fun doing it. We’re looking for an equally fun-loving, hard-working communicator to join our team as the lead communicator/PIO in our Operations and Maintenance (OPS) Division. If you are an innovative, strategic communicator and leader, we want to talk to you!
Our Communications Team maintains two-way communication with the public and LUT staff to advance the strategic goals of our projects and programs. We work with divisional staff to develop internal and external communications through print publications, web, video, social media, emerging communications technologies and traditional media.
As the lead communicator in OPS, you will serve as a lead PIO during emergency events, most of which are weather related. You will update web pages, interact with the media, update/monitor social media and more. These events may involve late evening/early morning work shifts. You will also be the main point of contact for public comments, questions and concerns.
The OPS supervisors’ group and leadership team – known as Cornerstones – will rely on you to develop compelling, creative messaging to inform internal and external audiences about everything from road closures to funding needs. You will be the voice of OPS – the one responsible for getting the right message to the right people at the right time.
In addition, you will serve as the facilitator of the Rural Roads Operations and Maintenance Advisory Committee, assisting with communications, agendas, speakers and presentations associated with the committee’s monthly meetings and activities.
Communication team members often function as interpreters. For example, as the OPS communicator, you will need to convince fellow OPS employees about the importance of writing out PCI, LID and EOC. You will learn to simplify the explanations of planners and engineers, cutting through the technical jargon to redefine messages so that “normal people” can understand.
To be a successful and happy member of our Communications Team, you will need to be:
To be a productive and fulfilled member of our Communications Team, you will need to have:
Outstanding written communication skills
Strong oral communication skills
Experience writing/using social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Hootsuite)
Experience writing for the web
Familiarity with CMS
Good eye for graphic design
Strong, yet cooperative, personality
To be an efficient and challenged member of our Communications Team, your qualifications should include:
A college degree, preferably in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing or related field and
Two years’ experience working in a communications position
A sense of humor