Deputy Director of Communications

The Deputy Director of Communications is responsible for assisting with the development of internal and external communications strategies for the Mayor’s Office with a focus on city operations.

Job Title: Deputy Director of Communications

FLSA status: Exempt

Department: Office of the Mayor

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Communications

Revision Date: Revised February 2024

Applications Accepted: Until March 8 at 5:00PM

Overview

Employees in this classification are responsible for assisting with the development of internal and external communications strategies for the Mayor’s Office with a focus on city operations. This individual will work closely with departmental public information officers to coordinate messaging across the City.

Essential Duties

  • Assists with the development of communications strategies, including social media, writing press releases, pitching stories, and drafting remarks.
  • Maintains strong relationship with departmental leaders, public information officers, and community partners to ensure that City work is being shared with the wider public.
  • Supports the development of social content working closely with the Communications Director.
  • Schedules, writes and monitors all forms of Mayor’s Office communications: social media, website, newsletters, reports, and press releases.
  • Serves as a backup person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the Mayor’s Office and actively cultivates and manages press relationships to ensure coverage of issues of strategic importance to the Mayor’s Office.
  • Monitors media coverage and flags relevant issues for the Administration.
  • Provides advance work for mayoral events including press conferences. Provides staffing to the Mayor as needed.
  • Drafts constituent communications and updates front desk responses as needed.
  • Other duties may be assigned by supervisor or Mayor’s Office management.

Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of public relations strategies, media relations, techniques, communications technologies, as well as excellent writing skills.
  • Experience managing and executing across several communications media. Ability to adapt to constant change and fast paced, deadline-oriented environments.
  • Experience with different and emerging social media platforms and ability to produce content that highlights the work of the Mayor’s Office.
  • Ability to process and communicate large volumes of information with extensive networking abilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms. Experience with mass marketing platforms including Content Management Systems (CMS), HTML and Wordpress.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills. Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively.
  • Accurate and attentive to details.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Salary

$70,000 - $75,000 based upon experience

Job Demands

Physical: This is primarily an office position but will be required to visit various locations on behalf of the Mayor’s Office. Some lifting or carrying of items up to 20 lbs as required.

Cognitive: Requires a high level of cognitive skills to analyze and draft various reports and correspondence and communicate to the appropriate authorities. Must be able to read and understand all applicable laws, regulations, city ordinances, rules and policies.

Interpersonal: Extremely high level of interaction with a wide variety of interest groups including employees, other managers, elected officials and the general public.

ADA Compliance

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Mayor’s Office.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of St Louis Mayor’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran’s status or marital status.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Conner Kerrigan at kerriganc@stlouis-mo.gov. Applicants should submit their materials prior to March 8 at 5:00PM.

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