Minimum & Additional Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, Marketing, Communications, or a closely related field. Five (5) years of experience in communications, media, public relations, or public information; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
At least seven years of experience in a complex, dynamic communications environment involving public information, communications, public relations and/or media relations and at least five years of experience working directly with news media, including serving as an on the record spokesperson.
The candidate must have proven message development, writing and editing experience, a clear understanding of, and experience with, the media and news gathering, and demonstrate strong on-the-record and on-camera experience that includes interviews with television, radio and other media outlets.
The candidate must have experience communicating with the public and elected officials, a thorough knowledge and understanding of local government, the ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure and demonstrated experience in showing a high level of discretion and sensitivity when performing your work.
Written and spoken fluency in a language other than English, including but not limited to Spanish, Arabic and Amharic.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position will be negotiable and commensurate with the background and qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Alexandria has a highly competitive executive benefits package, which includes annual leave, holidays and sick leave; a defined benefit retirement plan; health insurance, dental plan, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance; optional deferred compensation retirement plan; credit union membership; employee discount programs; tuition assistance; well-being rewards; and an employee assistance program.
Application and Selection Process
Applications will be screened against criteria outlined in this brochure. Interviews will be offered by the Department Director to those candidates named as finalists, with reference checks, background checks and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Talent Acquisition Lead
Finalists will be subject to a thorough background check after receiving a conditional offer of employment.