Airport Working Group Communications Manager

The manager works with the City, the working group (WG) and the advisory team to keep informed on the activities of WG and advisory team, develops strategy for communications and interactions with the public on activities, coordinates updates to website, coordinates with the community outreach activities, and coordinates receipt of public input from a variety of platforms. The position duration is tied to the length of the project. This is a fully grant funded, full-time position with full benefits.

Title:  Airport Working Group Communications Manager

Supervisor: Airport Advisory Working Group

Department:  Grant Funded Activities Related to Airport Advisory Working Group

Positions Supervised:  N/A

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications include a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Broadcast or closely related field and five (5) year's related experience; or any combination of experience or training which enables one to perform the essential job functions. Working experience using photo equipment, event planning, and social media platforms is preferred. Must have strong written and interpersonal communication skills. Good oral, presentation, and written communication skills. Ability to work with public officials and general public.

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under direction from Airport Advisory Working Group (“WG”), performs a full range of informational media relations, public relations, and social media activities; prepare web content, press releases and announcements; respond to information requests, create and make presentations; serve as liaison with external groups and the media. Supervise events and engage key stakeholders.

The WG Communications Manager will work with the City, the WG and Advisory team to:

  • keep informed on the activities of WG and advisory team,
  • develop strategy for communications and interactions with the public on activities,
  • coordinate updates to website,
  • coordinate with the community outreach activities, and
  • coordinate receipt of public input from a variety of platforms.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Support and coordinate WG activities and progress in the exploration of the potential lease of St. Louis Lambert International Airport through all communication platforms and area media outlets including print, imagery and video.
  • Coordinate and monitor communications between and among the City, the WG and community, including social media.
  • Interfaces with the media and conducts/organizes press briefings and press conferences where appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the local media, including newspaper and electronic outlets. Serve as a contact for media inquiries and requests for information. Disseminate information when necessary in response to media inquiries.
  • Assist City and WG in planning and publicizing community outreach events and activities related to the exploration of airport privatization. Assist with a variety of events including community engagement meetings, town halls, and/or other public forums. 
  • Creates a proactive communications environment; plans and implements public       outreach programs that encompass an integrated communications approach, which can include media relations, social media, advertising, and direct communication.
  • Researches, writes, edits and issues informational press releases, news articles, feature stories and public service announcements for print, radio, television, and social media.
  • Represents the WG at special events and interacts with the general public, community organizations, businesses, and other public and private agencies.
  • Required to maintain a flexible work schedule to provide staff support after normal business hours and weekends, as directed.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Requires St. Louis City residency within 180 days of successful completion of 180-day probationary period.
  • Requires valid driver’s license - site visits.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • Exposure to elements during site visits.
  • Requires the ability to lift and carry files/papers of up to twenty pounds.
  • Requires the ability to distinguish objects clearly in near vision for writing and computer work.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

St. Louis Development Corporation 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.

Apply Online:

Applications are accepted using the online application portal.

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