Marketing & Communication Section Chief (management Analyst Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$81,571.98 - $135,952.96 Annually
Oct 02, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Full Time
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Leads the Marketing and Communications Section in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Reports to the agency Deputy Director and is part of the leadership team of the Department. Provides strategic counsel to the leadership team and participates in department-wide decision making. Leads department’s media relations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance, and risk, crisis and emergency communications. Serves as official spokesperson for the department. Fosters partnerships at the local, state and regional level and coordinates with other County agencies, transportation partners and members of the media. Regular evening and weekend work will be required. Responds as essential personnel during emergencies and is part or the Fairfax County Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 - External Affairs as well as Regional ESF-15. Supervises a team of 14, with three direct reports. Performs other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of policies, procedures and strategic plans for the Section to achieve agency goals and objectives.
  • Manages professional staff who provide public relations, marketing, communications and public engagement support to all divisions of the agency.
  • Oversees the Fairfax County Commuter Services team, programs, and marketing and outreach strategy in support of the County’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) goals.
  • Coordinates with agency leadership to ensure standard communications, marketing and public affairs policies and procedures are followed throughout the agency, especially pertaining to the dissemination of public information, FOIA compliance, and conducting community outreach and engagement.
  • Oversees staff who manage outreach programs for FCDOT, including the Fairfax County Free Student Bus Pass Program.
Functional areas: transportation, local government public relations or public administration, media relations, or communications

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in fields related to the assigned functional areas; PLUS Five years of professional work experience within more than one of the assigned functional areas.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit check, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies). Occasional overtime, evening and weekend work may be required to attend meetings, events, and to meet deadlines.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Master's degree in communication, journalism, public administration, political science, or related field.
  • Two or more years of managerial/supervisory experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of the principles of public administration and public relations as applied to local government operations.
  • Knowledge and expertise in media relations. Experience with drafting responses to media inquiries. Detailed knowledge of the requirements of the media regarding content, format, and timing of official releases.
  • Experience responding to or coordinating responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Knowledge and expertise in crisis communication planning and implementation.
  • Knowledge and expertise in providing digital, online and social media communications for local, state or federal government agencies.
  • Experience marketing transportation programs or services. Familiarity with multi-modal transportation, especially transit planning and operations.
  • Experience in managing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write for multiple media formats and conduct public presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, the press, and County employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with boards, elected officials and other senior officials.
  • Ability to lead and manage a staff to meet departmental objectives.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, employee may be required to do some walking, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status 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.

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