The City of Grand Prairie, Texas is offering an outstanding career opportunity for a dynamic and creative individual who desires to serve in a thriving community where a contemporary brand identity and the use of diverse methods to promote community communication and engagement will be significant performance drivers for the City’s next Communications and Marketing Director.
Grand Prairie is looking for an exceptional leader to work collaboratively with various stakeholders to reimagine, redesign, and to promote an enhanced municipal brand identity reflecting the Grand Prairie of today and into the future. The position requires a skilled professional with an established record of providing technical and strategic oversight of internal and external communications initiatives using all recognized media methodologies, including social, digital, print, and traditional. The City’s next Communications and Marketing Director will have an opportunity to restructure the Communications Department to align functionality with contemporary demands and expectations.
As a representative of the City’s executive leadership team, this position functions with a high degree of autonomy and corresponding responsibility. Reporting to the City Manager’s Office, the Communications and Marketing Director will help inform the City’s strategic direction as it relates to communication, public affairs, and reputation management. Key responsibilities include enhancing the City’s brand identity, external reputation, and image through developing and managing of public relations and broad-based community-focused campaigns; working collaboratively to develop cohesive municipal brand and image standards and strategies; providing content for the City’s website, social media pages, and YouTube Channel; and serving as the Public Information Officer (PIO) in emergency events.
The Communications and Marketing Director administers a departmental budget of $2.6 million and provides leadership, supervision, and guidance to 11 full-time and 4 part-time staff members who handle municipal communications, public relations, advertising, historic preservation, and video production.
The ideal candidate will have an established reputation and commitment to ethical conduct, people, and service. This candidate will be genuinely committed to working collaboratively with the existing team of talented and highly valued employees to provide guidance, direction, recognition, and professional development. The desired candidate will be known for being creative, forward-thinking, anticipatory, and proactive.
Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, and/or Marketing or other related field is required. A master's degree is preferred and may substitute for 2 years of required experience.
Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience working in media/public relations, communications and/or advertising/promotions (or any combination of such experience). Supervisory experience is preferred.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for the Director of Communications and Marketing is up to $150,000, with the final compensation package dependent upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
An excellent executive benefit package is provided including participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Employees contribute 7% of gross income on a pre-tax basis with a City match of 2:1 plus interest upon retirement. The City provides medical, dental, and vision insurance cafeteria plans; employee and dependent life insurance options; generous vacation, holiday and sick leave; a $5,100 annual vehicle allowance; and relocation assistance in accordance with municipal policy.
Qualified candidates should submit a compelling letter of interest and résumé below.
This position will remain open until filled; however, interested individuals are strongly encouraged to apply by Monday, May 29, 2023.
If you have questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jacqueline “Jackie” Seabrooks at Jackie@mosaicpublic.com or (916) 550-4100.
The City of Grand Prairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Grand Prairie to afford equal opportunity in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, national origin, genetics, or any protected classification under federal or state law.