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University City, MO - Assistant to the City Manager/Communications Director

Assistant to the City Manager/Communications Director, University City, MO (pop. 35,172). A beautiful and historic inner-ring suburb of St. Louis adjacent to the renowned Washington University in St. Louis, University City is a unique urban community with a strong mix of cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity. Incorporated in 1906, University City was established with a vision of being a city of culture and fine homes.

Proud of its historic sites as well as its solid and varied residential neighborhoods, today “U City” is a family-friendly, engaged community where residents enjoy the community’s suburban and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. In University City, citizens boast availability to urban-style services and easy accessibility to the Greater St. Louis’s recreational and cultural activities.

The Assistant to the City Manager/Communications Director position is newly created and considered key to advancing the City Council’s and City Manager’s strategic initiatives in this area. The position offers the ideal candidate the chance to plan, organize and deliver a comprehensive communications and public relations program for the City. 

The City seeks candidates with enthusiasm, initiative, and a proven track-record of maintaining an extensive communications program across a variety of platforms including a proficiency in social media. Comfort in representing the City to the public and media, and willingness to be the City’s “go-to” communications liaison, is a must.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • High energy, passion and a keen ability to anticipate the need for outreach to the appropriate audiences;  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with a genuine passion for government transparency; 
  • A demonstrated ability to work in a diverse community with a wide variety of engaged stakeholders including City officials and staff, residents, business owners and media outlets; 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, communications, journalism or related disciplines; 
  • Three – five years of progressively responsible public relations and media relations—printed and/or electronic--experience is desired;
  • A Master’s degree in a related field, and experience working in the public sector, is ideal.

The position will report to the City Manager, and will serve as a media spokesperson for the City. Residency is preferred, and a high level of community engagement is expected.

Salary range: $85,000 - $108,000 +/- DOQ, plus an excellent benefit package. Candidates should apply by October 15, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to www.govhrjobs.com to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240.

Posted:Sep 7,2018

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