Community Relations Coordinator

San Antonio River Authority

Responsible for developing and implementing media and community relations programs, events, and materials designed to promote and advance the mission and goals of the San Antonio River Authority (SARA).

SARA’S EXPECTATIONS OF EMPLOYEE:

  • Adheres to SARA policies and procedures
  • Takes advantage of education and training opportunities to expand knowledge of primary duties
  • Demonstrates initiative in performing tasks without prompting
  • Acts as a responsible steward of SARA’s welfare and resources

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF WORK:

  • Coordinates with community groups on projects originating from both within and external to the River Authority.
  • Develops and implements public informational materials including brochures, newsletters, news releases, media advisories, speaking/copy points, booth and display materials, and other necessary materials.
  • Coordinates media relations activities, updates media databases, researches media outlets, documents information related to the River Authority’s interests, writes and distributes materials to the media, organizes media events, conducts media interviews, and schedules photo shoots.
  • Develops and implements media and community relations projects from inception to completion, while meeting budget and project deadlines as well as quality standards.
  • Serves periodically as the River Authority’s spokesperson in media interviews and to the general public.
  • Develops and implements promotional programs, including added-value media promotions that may involve writing and executing communications through events, print, internet, radio, and television media advertising.
  • Provides direction and oversight on media and creative and strategic plans developed by advertising, public relations, consultants, and consultant billings.
  • Develops and executes sponsorship opportunities such as grant applications to secure funding to offset the cost of certain events and activities hosted by the River Authority.
  • Supports the planning, project development, project operation elements, and strategic initiatives related to the River Authority’s mission.
  • All other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  This position does not directly supervise any employees.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:   An Undergraduate Degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Communications, or relevant discipline and two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in intergovernmental and/or community relations; or a combination of experience and education that results in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is required.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge in applying journalistic writing, grammar, editing, proofreading, and interviewing principles, such as found within the Associated Press Stylebook; and computer proficiency in the current Microsoft Office package is required. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

LANGUAGE AND REASONING SKILLS: Ability to provide excellent customer service; ability to understand written or oral instructions; read, analyze and interpret documents, instruction manuals, policies, and procedures is essential.  Strong interpersonal skills are essential to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, agency representatives, civic groups, employees, and members of the general public. Must have experience in successfully directing, coordinating, and supervising the accomplishment of tasks by others. Must have excellent technical writing and report preparation skills. The ability to work effectively and efficiently, under sometimes stressful conditions, to ensure deadlines are met is essential.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work is largely sedentary; must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time and intermittently walk, climb, balance, bend, crouch, and reach while performing office duties.  Regularly and safely lifts, carries, and handles supplies and equipment weighing at least 20 pounds. Occasionally lifts and carries up to 30 pounds approximately 15 feet.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Work is typically performed in a well-lit and adequately heated and ventilated office environment and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards. Occasionally, work is performed outdoors when visiting work sites and projects. The stress level for this position is moderate and the workload may require this position to work non-traditional hours other than regular schedule, including nights and weekends; must be able to travel occasionally within and outside of the district. Must be able to perform in a small but highly professional team oriented environment. Must be able to function in a principle based organization that has a culture built on character and SARA Core Values of Stewardship, Integrity, and Excellence.

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

GRADE: 117

MINIMUM SALARY: $40,681.94

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