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Communications Director
Location: US-NY-Ithaca
Job Details:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EITHER:

(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; OR

(b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; AND two (2) years of full time paid (or the equivalent part-time) experience in a position with substantial public information responsibility; OR

(c) Completion of two years of study (at least 60 college credit hours) in a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with major coursework in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Administration, Marketing, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field; AND four (4) years of full-time paid (or the equivalent part-time) experience in a position with substantial public information responsibility; OR

(d) Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a), (b) and (c) above.


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The Communications Director supports the County Administrator, a part of the Tompkins County leadership team, and is
responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive engagement strategy and communication plan that amplifies the
County’s priorities and drives engagement across the community, while clearly defining objectives, channels, timelines, and
measures for success.
The Director is an experienced communications leader, strong writer, and strategic thinker; well versed in communication
strategies & processes; skilled in creating succinct, well-crafted, persuasive content. The Director is an effective communicator
and thought partner with demonstrated experience working closely with senior leadership in complex settings. The Director plays
a critical role in building public trust through various communications programs and initiatives and advancing transparency and
accountability of Tompkins County government.
They lead the internal and external communications activities for Tompkins County Government including community outreach,
public relations, public information, and media relations. The Director is responsible for key messages, press releases, social
media, website content, print and electronic communication, manages Tompkins County’s role in government access television,
assists departments with the development and implementation of communication strategies and crisis communications, and is the
coordinator for internal employee communications and relations.
The Communications Director also works directly with and assists the Legislature and department heads to develop key
information about County government, its services, finances, people and programs. They are seen as a leader in all
communications and serve as a departmental advisor as needed.
The Communications Director will also have the opportunity to interact with leaders within local government, ranging from
administrators to elected officials, and staff across multiple departments and agencies.
The position receives policy level supervision from the County Administrator and is expected to function in a highly autonomous
manner. The position may serve as lead emergency Public Information Officer (PIO) for Tompkins County and works with
community first-response agencies and other County PIO’s in the event of a widespread or long-term disaster. Supervision of others is generally not a function of an employee in this class but may occur on a project basis. The incumbent will perform all
related duties as required.
 
Additional Job Instructions:
For the full job description and to apply please visit the Tompkins County website: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies
 
Benefits:
NYS Retirement and excellent benefits.
 




Tompkins County

Heather, Buck
Human Resources Department
125 E Court Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850
P: 6072745526
F: 6072745401


1  Full-Time Position Open
Salary Range:
$63793 - $69284/Yearly




 


 


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