Director of Communications - City of Virginia Beach, VA

Posted By: Karen Anderson Job Postings ,

The Director of Communications will provide strategic guidance and oversight to a team of media, communications, and creative service professionals in a largely decentralized organizational model; create and administer the City communication plan(s) to promote City initiatives, foster a culture of engagement, maximize communications resources/impacts, and ensure a unified city message.

Representative work functions include but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership, staff development/supervision, resource allocation/management and long range planning for the Public Affairs and Engineering Group and Creative Services.
  • Provide direct support and coach executive staff in interacting and responding to the media, developing communication strategies, responding to emergencies and managing issues.
  • Develop, actualize, and maintain an organizational Communications Plan.
  • Facilitate communication throughout a decentralized communications network and coordinate the implementation of unified City messages.
  • Support major city initiatives to build community awareness, provide consistent communications support, and in partnership with other departments, create a culture of transparency.
  • Facilitate a culture of strong community engagement that connects the public to the City.
  • Develop comprehensive informational campaigns on major issues and projects.
  • Develop strong, collaborative relationships and represent the City and the City Manager on various teams, boards, task forces, and committees within and outside the organization.
  • Manage the liaison function between City officials and the media (local, state and national).
  • Provide oversight of corporate communications vehicles and equipment.
  • Coordinate the City’s Joint Information Center during emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Perform research, analysis and coordination of special projects which may involve interaction with citizen groups, outside government agencies or local business interests.
  • Oversee cable franchise agreement.

**As a City Manager appointee, this position serves at the pleasure of the City Manager and is not considered part of the merit service as defined in City Code, section 2-75.

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Minimum Requirements:

Requires a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Public Administration, or related field and eight (8) years of experience in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities; or any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience and training equivalent to twelve (12) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Additional Requirements:

  • DMV Transcript:  Required
  • CDL:  Not Required                                       
  • DOT History:  Not Required                                                 
  • CPS Check:  Not Required
  • Physical:  Not Required    
  • Respirator:  Not Required
  • Polygraph Review:  Not Required
  • Psychological Screening:  Not Required

Attachments Required:  Resume and cover letter; please attach both as Word or PDF documents

Preferences:  Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications or a related field; 15 years of progressive experience in government or corporate communications; experience providing leadership oversight to a team responsible for branding, promotion, social media engagement, and media relations.

Special Instructions:  Please note that this position will be open until filled; however, the initial review of candidates will occur by October 3rd and any applications received after that date will only be reviewed if the pool needs to be enlarged.

  • Please complete the application in its entirety. The application is the primary required document used to screen qualifications and years of experience. A resume does not replace a completed application. Fields on the application left blank, including but not limited to job duties, dates of employment, and hours worked, may cause your application to be incomplete. 
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VRS Contribution:   All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction