Manager of Public Affairs

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
St. Louis, MO

Under general supervision of the Executive Director, perform work of considerable difficulty in developing and implementing a comprehensive public information program to create and communicate the District's reputation and value to the stakeholders. 

 Examples of Duties:

Essential Functions:  Provides leadership and manages the daily operations of the public affairs staff; directs, develops and motivates staff to meet objectives that assist in achieving the District's strategic business plan; Plans and directs development and communication of information designed to keep public informed of District programs, accomplishments, or point of view; prepares and distributes comprehensive reports and media materials/press releases and represents the District directly before general public as chief spokesperson; arranges for and conducts public contact programs designed to meet District objectives; promotes goodwill through such publicity efforts as speeches, exhibits, films, tours, and question/answer sessions; represents the District during community projects and at public, social, and business gatherings; researches data, creates ideas, writes copy, lays out artwork, contacts media representatives; Coordinates assignments with outside writers and PR agents; participates in strategic planning for the entire District, offering a public outreach perspective to the process; understands the District's industry, its relationships with federal, state and local governmental bodies, and the stakeholders' expectations for District performance.; assists in preparing and monitoring area's budget; maintains records and prepares reports; directs the work of administrative support and public information personnel.

Additional Responsibilities: Performs related work as required or as delegated by supervisor.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Training and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in communications, journalism, marketing or related field, and six years of progressively responsible experience in public relations, media and/or advertising; or Master's degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field, and three years of progressively responsible experience in public relations, media and/or advertising.

Desirable Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of management and the principles, practices and techniques of public relations and communications; Considerable skill in management techniques and application; Extensive skill in maintaining effective working relationships with members of the media, District personnel, public officials, and the general public; working knowledge of job related software programs;, exceptional ability to clearly and concisely communicate, both orally and in written form; considerable skill in speaking extemporaneously to the media and others on District matters; considerable ability to exercise independent judgment in planning, directing and executing the District's informational and public relations programs; considerable ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information and recommend courses of action; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to direct the work of administrative support personnel.

 Additional Information:

Must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state in which employee resides.

Pursuant to MSD's "Substance Abuse Policy and Procedures," this position has been designated as safety sensitive and candidate must pass a Non-D.O.T. Drug Test for this position. Employees occupying this position are not subject to Federal (D.O.T.) Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations.

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