Special Assistant IV (Public Relations and Community Outreach)
East Bay Municipal Utility District
October 4, 2018
$154,980 - $223,872 Annually
Full Time - Experienced
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), headquartered in Oakland, CA, is seeking an energetic professional to manage a staff of 11 in EBMUD’s Communications Division which handles EBMUD’s media and community relations. The Special Assistant IV (Public Relations and Community Outreach) reports to the General Manager and is part of the General Manager’s 15 member senior executive team that is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. This high profile position manages EBMUD’s long-range public information program and community outreach efforts.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Effectively communicating EBMUD policies, priorities, and plans to customers, employees, the public, the media, legislators, environmental organizations and decision-makers;
Proactively identifying issues that could hinder successful implementation of EBMUD’s policies and plans;
Collaborating with other EBMUD management staff to plan public information and communication strategies and supporting their communications with the General Manager and the Board;
Leading, coordinating and participating in the development and evaluation of alternative policy recommendations on a broad range of issues;
Planning, organizing and directing public affairs activities;
Leading diverse, interdisciplinary teams from multiple departments in completing sensitive projects involving broad public and community group interests;
Serving as a key contact to respond to customer and constituent issues conveyed by Board members, and coordinating with other departments to gather the necessary information to do so;
Coordinating the development, communication, implementation and monitoring of new programs and processes;
Drafting communications and presentations for the Board and General Manager in support of EBMUD priorities;
Serving on EBMUD’s Policy and Emergency Operations Teams during an emergency; and
Working closely with the Customer and Community Services Department to inform communications with customers and constituents.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
Exceptional writing, proofreading and editing skills with the demonstrated ability to prepare a quality work product with minimal lead time for broad and diverse audiences;
Excellent organizational and planning skills as well as superior project management and time management skills;
Strong leadership and supervisory skills, with experience bringing a diverse team together to achieve a high level of effectiveness, performance and satisfaction;
Effective interpersonal and communication skills with experience in working with a wide variety of people, agencies, and political boards;
Commitment to working actively and cooperatively in a team environment;
Creative and positive results-oriented attitude with excellent problem solving skills;
High standards of personal/professional ethics and integrity aligned with EBMUD’s core values;
Innovation and a willingness to take risks to advance organizational objectives; and,
Political sensitivity and astuteness in dealing with all levels within the organization and with other entities.
The annual salary is $154,980 up to $223,872. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point ($201,480 per year).
A typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is:
A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public administration, political science or a related field, and five to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory, management or administrative experience in public and/or community relations.
To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter (including the names of four work- related references) and supplemental question responses by Friday, October 26, 2018. Resumes should describe the role and responsibilities of relevant positions, reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.
EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
Job Hotline: (510) 287-0742
Internal Number: 18-130
About East Bay Municipal Utility District
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is a public utility formed under California’s Municipal Utility District Act. EBMUD supplies water and provides wastewater treatment for parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the East San Francisco Bay Area. EBMUD’s water systems serves approximately 1.3 million people in 332-square-mile area: and the wastewater system serves approximately 650,000 people in an 88-square-mile area.
Headquartered in Oakland, EBMUD is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors elected from wards within the service area. The Board determines overall policies, which are then implemented under the direction of the Board appointed General Manager.
EBMUD employs nearly 2,000 employees at locations throughout the East San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Camanche and Pardee Reservoir areas. Explore the different careers paths available at EBMUD with descriptions of skills, experience, education, certifications and licenses needed to move and grow within the organization!
EBMUD offers employees a wide range of benefits and programs designed to suit their individual needs and promote balance between their work and everyday live...s. You can read more about our employee benefits program at http://www.ebmud.com/jobs/job-resources/employee-benefits-program/.
EEO/Accommodation Statement: If you need an accommodation to apply for any jobs at East Bay Municipal Utility District, call (510) 287-0735.
EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.