Hennepin County is seeking a strategic communicator to join its Communications department. This individual will help meet increasing and ongoing needs to support operations departments. The Principal Communications Specialist will develop and advance communications strategies and plans, lead complex programs and projects for county buildings, events, and emergency response.
Candidates with strong communication and problem-solving skills, who enjoy working on a team and bring a racial equity and climate action lens to their work, are encouraged to apply.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visitemployee referral program.
Location and hours:
This position is hybrid and will be performed on-site at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487 and remote as job duties require. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional evenings and/or weekends. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin. New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.
About this position type:This is a full-time, benefit earning position.This position is internally classified as a Communications Specialist, Principal.Clickhere to view the job classification specification.In this position, you will:
· Work with subject matter experts in Facility Services, Emergency Management, and other departments to create and implement communications strategies, plans, and key messages.
· Write and produce strategic, multimedia communications products according to best practices (i.e., usability, accessibility, plain language, and branding).
· Lead event planning and logistics, including building use process and request management, groundbreakings, openings, and closures.
· Manage requests for signs while working closely with graphic design team.
· Communicate with staff at all levels of the organization.
· Represent the county in partner meetings and provide communications support during crisis.
· Coordinate and deliver content that supports the county’s priorities of disparity reduction and climate action.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Seven years or more of related professional experience in strategic communications supporting a broad range of programs, projects, and services.
o Two years or more of college and five years or more of related professional experience in strategic communications supporting a broad range of programs, projects, and services.
o Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, mass communications, marketing, media studies, graphic design, photojournalist, telecommunications, visual communications, public administration, and three years or more of related professional experience in strategic communications supporting a broad range of programs, projects, and services.
Nice to have:
o Working in communications, marketing or public relations.
o With project management.
o Using project management tools and Microsoft Office Suite.
o Leading event planning and logistics.
o Planning and creating messaging and content for publication such as newsletters, flyers, signage, annual reports, and websites in partnership with stakeholders and content creators.
o Independently managing complex assignments, tasks, and projects with flexibility.
o Responding in crisis situations.
About the departments:Hennepin County Communications provides strategic and creative services to help connect people and communities to county employees, programs and services. The department helps county business areas meet program and project goals and reach the right audiences by communicating clearly and engaging responsively. Our award-winning team of county communicators is dedicated to using best practices as well as innovative approaches to produce best in class communications products and services. About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (log in as Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Your future. Made here.