New job Specialist, Communications in Colorado

Specialist, Communications

Company : City of Fort Collins
Salary : $48,815 - $81,359 a year
Location : Colorado

Full Description

POSITION TITLE: Specialist, Communications (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #: req2737
DEPARTMENT: Utilities Customer Connections
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $48,815.00 - 81,359.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
ANTICIPATED ANNUAL HIRING SALARY RANGE: $55,000.00 - $65,000.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 5/14/2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community: The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry's growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance - March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance - Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • >Wellness program, workout facilities
  • Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

Work related to preparing internal and external communications to the organization, press, and the wider community within or in partnership with the Communications and Public Involvement Office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Contributes to development and implementation of departmental communications, public relations and marketing plans, policies, and procedures
  • Advises and assists department staff with information dissemination, such as: internal communications, media relations, advertising, web page development and maintenance, social media, and marketing
  • Advises management on internal communications and/or community relations projects and activities
  • Contributes to tracking and support of media coverage and processes
  • Makes decisions concerning outsourcing of projects and coordinates production with external vendors including mail houses, printers, media, and independent contractors
  • Coordinates with others and produces a wide variety of projects including posters, fliers, web-based applications, brochures, instruction manuals, newsletters, speaking notes, surveys, invitations, calendars, ads, presentations, press releases, feature stories, etc., using a variety of communications and social media platforms
  • May create, coordinate, and assist with production of videos and cable television broadcasts
  • May develop advertising/promotional campaigns and contracts for print, radio, digital and television broadcast media
  • Coordinates with others to develop and update video, cable, web, intranet, and photography projects
  • Contributes to the creation and management of web pages and City intranet pages, including routine maintenance, navigation analysis and improvements and metric tracking
  • Supports press relations including preparation of news releases and feature articles
  • Contributes to coordination of quality control procedures for producing high quality publicity materials that will be distributed to the public

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to establish and implement cohesive communication and marketing strategies and plans.
  • Ability to interact effectively with City staff, vendors and the general public
  • Proficient in use of personal computer and a variety of software packages, including Adobe Creative Suite, Power Point, Excel and Microsoft programs.
  • Experience with web content design and development, SharePoint preferred. Ability to learn internal website CMS.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of social media
  • Organizational and technical skills to schedule and manage website updates and design
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze solutions for communications / public information assignments, develop communications plans, and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure communication success
  • Ability to research, write, and edit information to develop a final product that is customer-friendly.
  • Ability to compose project layouts and use computer graphic software
  • Ability to make effective written and oral presentations
  • Photography and video skills desired
  • Ability to train staff in applications and website updates as needed
  • Ability to manage multiple work assignments and meet strict deadlines
  • Familiarity with environmental issues, utilities industry, local municipal government policies, trends and best practices desired

Required Education


Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or Communications or related field.

Experience Requirements

  • Five (5) or more years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficiency with AP style writing required.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

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Specialist, Communications

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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