Job Title: Communications and Government Relations Liaison

Reports to:Director of Communications and Government Relations
Typical Schedule:245 days/7.5 hours
Bargaining Unit:N/A

 

FLSA:Exempt
Job Code:1745
Salary Schedule:MGT8B

JOB GOAL

Responsible for assisting in the development and execution of two-way communications between the District School Board of Pasco County and its stakeholders. Provide leadership in planning, developing, and implementing the district’s government relations priorities while providing assistance and direction to schools and district staff in communicating with the public.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Assist in day-to-day operations and activities of the Communications & Government Relations Department.
  2. Lead lobbying and other legislative/liaison activities at the local, state, and federal levels.
  3. Conduct assessments of the District School Board of Pasco County’s government relations program; recommend changes when needed.
  4. Coordinate with the Communications & Government Relations Department to keep the public and district employees informed of government relations news.
  5. Advise the superintendent, school board, and members of the superintendent’s staff on department activities and apprise each stakeholder of areas where efforts are needed to help strengthen and improve the district.
  6. Produce written newsletters, press releases, memoranda, and articles related to Communications & Government Relations Department, District School Board of Pasco County, all cost centers, students, and staff.
  7. Assist with social media by providing content for the District’s Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social media sites related to legislative issues, updates, and other District activities; and maintaining individual social media accounts to share information relevant to the District’s stakeholders.
  8. Assist with volunteer programs by overseeing activities of volunteer programs secretary, assisting school-based volunteer coordinators, and contributing to the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Ability to analyze legislation and track the budgetary process.
  • Ability to work with all levels of government and government officials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, orally and in writing, including electronic media
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage, and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Ten years’ experience in communications, public relations, and professional policy analysis or legislative liaison experience, preferably in a Florida government agency
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

None

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate or professional degree in the area of Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Communications, Journalism, or a closely related field.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

  • Direct supervision of assigned personnel. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems; training employees; evaluating performance; promoting and transferring employees; and interviewing, testing, hiring and assignment of personnel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands/fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Communications and Government Relations Liaison;   EST: July 1, 2014;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: July 1, 2014