Arlington, Virginia
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST Closing Date/Time: Thu. 08/17/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $53,019.20 - $92,185.60 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking an experienced professional to develop, implement, and coordinate strategies to facilitate, promote, support, and integrate community engagement into the Transportation Division's capital programs and projects.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing and implementing resources, tools and training for the Division to enhance the Division's ability to engage with the community members on divisional information and issues;
  • Developing and implementing internal policies and procedures to promote engagement with the community during all phases of capital work;
  • Coordinating with project managers from the beginning of new projects or programs to make plans for community research and engagement;
  • Serving as the leader for Participation, Leadership, and Civic Engagement (PLACE) initiatives to ensure these principles are part of Divisional operations;
  • Conducting outreach for transportation capital projects, programs and initiatives including developing public information forums, developing education materials and presentations for plans, projects and programs;
  • Representing the Transportation Division in advisory groups, civic associations, and other community meetings and events;
  • Organizing public meetings, forums and community events;
  • Developing and maintaining a database of community contacts (residents, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations) and venues for coordinating with contractors for communication materials, survey research and other outreach needs; and
  • Coordinating with the County Manager and other DES communication teams regarding programs, projects and communications strategies.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Public Information, Business/Public Administration or related field plus three years of progressively responsible experience in the communications field that includes developing and implementing community engagement strategies.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following:
  • Public sector communications work;
  • Developing and implementing internal policies and procedures to promote community engagement;
  • Developing and implementing community engagement strategies for specific transportation related projects or programs;
  • Planning, organizing and implementing public meetings, forums, and community events; and/or
  • Communications technologies in web and/or information management arenas.

 Special Requirements: Applicant must possess (or obtain by time of appointment) a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain (or the applicant must provide) a copy of the applicant's official state or district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
 Additional Information: Employee must travel occasionally to visit other departmental sites in Arlington, hold community meetings and events, and /or to meet with program staff.

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with some weekday evening meetings expected.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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