A JOTW Can’t Wait job announcement from Prince William County Service Authority
Director of Communications, Prince William County Service Authority, Woodbridge VA
Prince William County Service Authority, winner of the 2010 Virginia AWWA Public Information Award and the 2007 AWWA Public Communications Achievement Award, is seeking an experienced, hands-on Director of Communications to lead the Service Authority’s Communication Department.
The Service Authority is an independent public body responsible for providing a comprehensive county-wide water and sewer system currently serving approximately 250,000 customers in Prince William County. Prince William County, located 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., is one of the fastest growing counties in the country with a population of over 398,000.
The successful candidate will be responsible for setting strategy and direction for Authority-wide communication programs and building a cohesive communications team, which includes the Media/Web Program Manager, Community Outreach Coordinator and Multimedia Production Assistant. Other duties include: serving as the primary communications link between the media, business community and the public; promoting the interests of the Service Authority and its rate payers, as well as educating and responding to the public and the media; producing publications, newsletters and other communications-related products; overseeing the development of the Service Authority’s internal and external websites; drafting and editing management’s written material; facilitating and coordinating internal communication programs; maintaining public and employee awareness of organizational issues; and managing the department’s budget.
The ideal candidate will possess superior writing skills; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations; knowledge of media requirements regarding content, format, and timing of official releases; fundamentals of still photography; and the functions, operations, and goals of the Service Authority. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the ability to: apply effective public relations program development, management and strategy implementation; write, edit, and design visual material for publication or displays; work with desktop and web publishing software; plan and execute photographic and video graphic coverage; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work under pressure and meet firm deadlines.
Minimum requirements include education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, government, public administration or related field AND seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the public relations field with an emphasis in media and community relations, to include five (5) years of management and supervisory responsibility. The ability to present a calm, confident, thoughtful and professional image to the public in stressful situations before reporters, cameras and crowds is required.
Hiring salary is $90,000+, depending on qualifications and the position is open until filled. To be considered, a Service Authority application and supplemental questionnaire is required. For more information or to apply online, please visit the Service Authority’s website, www.pwcsa.org.
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