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Apply now to be the Communications Manager for a Parks and Recreation District

Apply now to be the Communications Manager for a Parks and Recreation District

Jul 21 2017

Are you an innovative, entrepreneurial communicator who wants to positively impact people's lives? At South Suburban Park and Recreation District, our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space and by providing recreational services and programs. And we need your help!

We are seeking people who are not just creative and innovative but want to contribute to making their communities a great place to work, play and relax. If you care about improving the wellness and health of local communities, we want you to apply for this opportunity to make a difference.

Position Title: Communications Manager
Hiring Salary: $68,800 - $86,000 annually
Position Opens: July 17, 2017 
Position Closes: CLOSED

Job summary

We're looking for a communications manager with a passion for customer service to lead its communication efforts internally with its 1,600+ employees and externally to the 150,000 residents of the District living in Lone Tree, Littleton, Centennial, Bow Mar, Sheridan and Columbine Valley.


A Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Administration or related field.

A minimum of seven (7) total years progressively responsible experience in the areas of communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, special events and/or social media. Prior supervisory experience required.  At least three (3) years of experience in a management-level position. Experience at a public park and recreation agency or local government is preferred.  Experience or training in continuous improvement, LEAN/Six Sigma or change management is desired.
A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The ability to make and be accountable for high-level decisions regarding complex issues and special projects. Must have the ability to rely on experience and judgment with a wide degree of creativity and latitude to accomplish responsibilities. The ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with other District personnel, the Board of Directors, representatives of other governmental agencies and the public is a requirement. 

The ability to develop a knowledge of state laws regarding public organizations and special districts.


Supervisor Duties:

Directly manages the Communications Department staff including the development of annual work plans for each position. Develops and trains department staff in policies and procedures.  May hire, terminate, and discipline employees. Performs performance evaluations. Develops performance improvement plans if needed.  Develops and manages department performance metrics.

Essential Duties:

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the Communications Department staff.
  • Assist in the development and administration of the Department's approved annual budget and work plan.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan, including web and social media activity, press releases, blog posts, contact with the news media, special events promotion and publicity, and development of feature news stories on District activities. 
  • Assist and support, with a customer-service oriented approach, other department managers and staff in the development of marketing strategies and coordination of promotional efforts.
  • Produce major promotional pieces such as recreation catalog, annual reports, promotional print and video productions, and other information as requested.
  • Develop and support a community relations program that seeks to maintain active communication with homeowner associations, special interest groups, and local governments within the District, and other identified organizations and entities.
  • Maintain, enhance and evaluate communications with employees of the District through staff newsletters, activity and event calendars, e-mail and other opportunities as identified or needed.
  • Assist other department managers and staff in the development and solicitation of sponsorship opportunities. 
  • Manage and coordinate advertising opportunities at the District's facilities, events, and in promotional materials, etc.
  • Recommend and implement procedures to measure and evaluate the success of the department's work, including public relations, social media, customer service and marketing efforts, addressing both internal and external efforts.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive photo and video record of programs, activities, and facilities.
  • Develop and maintain written publications guidelines and assist staff in compliance with graphic and brand standards adopted by the District.
  • May attend District managers' meetings and the meetings of the District's elected Board of Directors as requested.
  • Manage special projects related to departmental activities including, but not limited to, managing hired consultants such as videographers, public relations, sponsorship consultants and others.
  • Drives personal vehicle for business purposes.
  • Complies with District and departmental rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Assist as directed with other duties as assigned.

Learn More and Apply

For more detailed information on job functions and requirements and to apply, check out the full job description on NeoGov.

Questions? Contact our Senior HR Generalist, Lyna Alfaro at