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Boulder County HHS is searching for a Senior Communications Specialist

  • 7 Sep 2023 1:59 PM
    Message # 13251515

    **Applications are only accepted through Boulder County's Career Page. Please use the below link to apply to this position:

    The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a Senior Communications Specialist to help lead and support the work of a small but dedicated team of communications, marketing, outreach, and engagement professionals in key areas including 1) building understanding of our services and trust between us and those we serve and 2) supporting the department’s efforts to transform our operations, engagement, and services toward a community collaborative model based in power sharing and equity.
    The ideal candidate is collaborative, proactive, and visionary, and demonstrates a commitment to changing communities for the better through focusing on racial equity in their work and lives.

    This is a full-time, benefited position. The work schedule is Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with some flexibility available if needed. This position's primary office will be at 1333 Iris in Boulder, however there is also an expectations of regular work and meetings at the St. Vrain Hub in Longmont. The position may be hybrid in the future.  Under FLSA guidelines, this position is exempt. New employees receive a80-hour bank (Download PDF reader) of vacation at the time of hire, in addition to 8 hours of both vacation and medical leave accruals each month.

    Boulder County requires its employees to reside in the state of Colorado as of their first day of employment. 

    Hiring Salary Range:  $86,736.00 - $105,816.00  Annually 
    Tentative Hiring Timeline:
    • Position Closes: September 24th
    • Phone Screening: Week of September 26th
    • First Round Interviews: Week of October 2nd
    • Second Round Interviews: Week of October 9th
    • Language Proficiency Test: Week of October 9th

    Examples of Duties
    1. Develops and helps implement social media outreach and marketing plans to build understanding of our services and trust between the communities we serve and our organization and staff.
    2. Develops and implements plans for outreach to and engagement with traditional media (including writing, editing, and distributing press releases) to promote sharing of information about HHS’ services, vision, and priorities
    3. Helps plan, facilitate, and/or coordinate meetings, projects, trainings, or outreach efforts with the public, relevant workgroups and committees, community partners, or staff including county leadership
    4. Develops and implements storytelling plans to highlight the experiences of people in the diverse communities we serve
    5. Plans, approves, or develops content for departmental external website, intranet sites, and social media channel communications, and ensures maintenance of web pages in accordance with county guidelines, style guide, and industry best practices
    6. Collaboratively plans, implements, and supports engagement of Boulder County communities to ensure they are better able to help inform and drive HHS communications and outreach planning and implementation
    7. Helps develop, support, and lead internal communications campaigns for HHS staff
    8. Supervises the work of communications team staff
    9. Participates in cross-departmental communications work planning and implementation efforts
    10. May be reassigned in case of emergency situation or disaster; responsible for ESF-15 or recovery-related coverage as assigned
    11. Performs related duties, as required
    Required Qualifications

    PLEASE NOTE: When completing your application describe all relevant education and experience, as applications are assessed based on the required qualifications listed. Resumes and other attachments are not accepted in lieu of completed applications and will not be reviewed in the initial screening process. Any personally identifiable information (PII) such as name and address will be redacted from applications that meet the minimum screening requirements and are forwarded to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager selects you to advance in the hiring process, your attachments will then be shared with the hiring team.
    Boulder County is looking for well qualified candidates to fill our positions. Any combination of relevant education and experience is encouraged. In this position, we are looking for a minimum of 6 years of combined education and experience in communications, marketing, community engagement, digital media strategy, or a related fields .

    Supplemental Information


    • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
    • Working knowledge of media operations, including social, digital, and news media
    • Demonstrated ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility, discretion, diplomacy, and tact
    • Working knowledge of the principles of public relations, community engagement, and external communications (including during crisis)
    • Demonstrated proactive, action-oriented ability to work independently and lead successful initiatives with minimal supervision

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of relevant government agencies and programs
    • Working knowledge of the principles of public relations, crisis communications, organizational communication, community engagement, and persuasive communication
    • Working knowledge of media operations, particularly social and digital media
    • Ability to develop effective communications tools (graphics, video, social media posts, surveys, reports, program advertising/marketing materials, training materials, etc.) utilizing varied media tools to either inform/notify, engage, train, or solicit participation from, by, or among internal and external groups
    • Knowledge of and experience in supervision of staff
    • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural competency preferred, but not required
    • Knowledge of current English and Spanish language usage and various journalistic styles, including Associated Press style
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex research and analysis and prepare presentations with the information for the department, the public, community partners, and others
    • Demonstrated ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility, discretion, diplomacy, and tact
    • Demonstrated proactive, action-oriented ability to work independently and lead successful initiatives with minimal supervision where appropriate
    • Demonstrated computer literacy skills with competency in Microsoft Office Suite and social media apps
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other employees, the public, and representatives of various governmental institutions

    Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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