Communications Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$58,451.95 - $97,420.54 Annually
May 11, 2019
May 25, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

If you're looking for a communications position in which you can have a real impact in strengthening the well-being of individuals, families and communities, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) may be the place for you! NCS is seeking applicants for a Communications Specialist II to serve a key role in managing and implementing NCS's multi-media communications and outreach efforts. Bring your talent and knowledge in writing, editing, video, graphic design, social media promotions and event planning to help promote NCS services, programs, events and activities to external audiences; and help share critical policy, employee development, best practices and other messages internally to a staff of well over 1,000 employees. These positions will serve on the NCS Communications Team; assist with managing the agency's public and internal websites; design, write and edit communications and marketing pieces; craft compelling news articles and work with representatives of the media; work with award-winning producers in scripting, filming and editing video; and plan and execute special events and ceremonies. Help meet the demands of a fast-paced communications environment and be a part of an organization that makes a daily difference in Fairfax County communities.

Illustrative Duties

  • Supervises and manages all communication planning and programs for the department;
  • Planning and implementing photographic coverage of events;
  • Plans and implements a Speakers Bureau or plans speaking engagements for department;
  • Makes presentations on behalf of the department to community and County;
  • Plans and implements event and meetings;
  • Writes speeches for presentation to community and County;
  • Writes proposals in support of departmental goals and projects;
  • Produces multimedia productions to support the goals of the department (multimedia may include audio, video or online productions);
  • Implements and supervises the implementation of print production projects;
  • Implements and supervises the implementation of website development and new media projects;
  • May serve as spokesperson for the department with the media;
  • Budgeting and cost control for communication projects that are supervised;
  • Conducts audience / constituent research for evaluation and measurement of communication programs;
  • Serves as a member of the department's communication planning (strategic planning, action planning) team;
  • Makes public presentations on behalf of department.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to supervise the work of others in publication management, multimedia development, community relations or media relations;
  • Ability to write, edit and design for departmental publications;
  • Ability to write for multimedia;
  • Ability to use photography equipment and to plan photography coverage;
  • Ability to format online media;
  • Ability to use current computer software and email;
  • Ability to develop or create Web sites;
  • Ability to solve problems;
  • Ability to be able to manage projects (including budgeting);
  • Ability to be able to communicate in a crisis;
  • Ability to adapt broadly defined policy guidance to specific situations with a minimal amount of supervision;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to participate in meaningful interchange of views on matters of critical importance to the County;
  • Ability to plan and review the work of others;
  • Ability to lead a division of communicators;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, the press, and County employees.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, public administration, political science, or field related to a department's business, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in communication area of specialization or area of specialization of department represented.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a child protective services check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Experience in implementing social media campaigns and creating and managing online content.
  • Experience writing and editing articles, news releases, and marketing pieces.
  • Experience with Adobe creative software - particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Experience with planning and facilitating public events and ceremonies.
Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview, may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.