Job Title: 



Closing Date/Time: 

Fri. 05/29/15 11:59 PM Pacific Time


$31.92 – $38.80 Hourly
$2,553.57 – $3,103.89 Biweekly
$5,532.74 – $6,725.09 Monthly
$66,392.88 – $80,701.08 Annually

Job Type: 

Full Time


Martinez, California

The Contra Costa County Animal Services Department and Library Administration is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community and Media Relations Coordinator. There is a high level of public interest in the operations, mission and services performed by County Departments, and the person appointed to this position will be responsible for maintaining an effective media relations and public information program. This position will be highly visible, serving as the primary media contact for the department. It will require an individual with excellent presentation skills and the ability to effectively represent the organization as a spokesperson both with the media, municipal representatives and citizen groups.

In addition to functioning as the primary media contact, the Community and Media Relations Coordinator will advise top managers on issues of public and community relations, develop strategies to accomplish organizational objectives, prepare executive level correspondence and reports, coordinate and manage special projects and activities, make presentations to various community groups, prepare news releases for newspapers, television and radio stations, and develop public awareness and safety education programs.

The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in effect for one (1) year and may be used to fill subsequent vacancies that occur in other County Departments.

 Typical Tasks:
  • Formulates, directs and implements procedures, policies, standards and guidelines for collection, review and presentation of information to be communicated to the public and the media
  • Develops and implements public awareness and educational programs using a variety of promotional techniques
  • Studies the public’s interests and knowledge in various programs, activities and outcomes of County government
  • Functions as the primary media contact for departmental or division level incidents and issues, 24 hours per day
  • Makes presentations before various groups on a local, state and national level
  • Creates and maintains departmental website content
  • Develops and maintains social media presence for department
  • Monitors social and traditional media activity pertaining to department
  • Prepares, edits and submits news releases to online and print newspapers, television and radio stations
  • Prepares pamphlets, brochures, newsletters and other outreach material regarding departmental and County activities
  • Prepares executive level correspondence and reports
  • Participates as a member of the County Emergency Public Information staff
  • Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with members of the news media
  • Performs as a trainer/facilitator for individuals and groups in subjects and processes related to community and media relations
  • Establishes a community information program and arranges tours of County facilities for interested groups and individuals
  • Coordinates and manages special projects and activities
  • Conducts research and prepares reports of findings and conclusions
  • Depending on work assignment, may supervise subordinate communications staff
 Minimum Qualifications:
License Required: Possession of a Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of State valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in communications, public relations, business or public administration or a closely related field.

Experience: Two (2) years of full time or its equivalent experience in public relations or community education which included direct responsibility for preparation and dissemination to the public of written information and acting as an agency spokesperson.

Substitution: Additional experience of the type noted above may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.

A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required.
 Selection Process:
1. Application Filing: Applicants, including County Employees, are to apply on-line at Contra Costa County Department of Human Resourcesand submit the required information by the final filing date. All applicants must clearly demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements provided on the job announcement. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. Paper, faxed or late applications WILL NOT be accepted. To view the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit to see the detailed job description.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Oral Interview: An oral interview will be conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board in Martinez, CA. The Board will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70 from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)


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