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TypeJob
ClassFull-time
Date3/7/2017
CompanyTampa Bay Water
TitlePublic Affairs Coordinator
RegionSouthwest Florida
CityClearwater
StateFL
Web Site www.tampabaywater.org
Company Profile

About Tampa Bay Water:

Tampa Bay Water supplies wholesale drinking water to Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. We supply water to more than 2.4 million people through the governments we serve.

We are a non-profit, special district of the State of Florida created to plan, develop and deliver a high-quality drinking water supply, and we work to protect our water supply sources.

We are a true regional utility, funded through the sale of water to our member governments. Our members share the cost of developing new supplies, share in environmental stewardship, share voting rights equitably among the three counties and pay the same wholesale water rates.

Tampa Bay Water was created by interlocal agreement among our member governments. Our policies are established by a nine-member board of directors, with two elected commissioners from each member county and one elected representative from each member city. It’s our mission to reliably provide clean, safe water to the Tampa Bay region now and for future generations.

Our vision is to:

  • Be a model for regional water supply in the nation; 
  • Be a leader in innovation and best practices; and 
  • Be a respected member of the Tampa Bay community.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Planning, developing, producing and delivering a high-quality drinking water supply.
  • Continuously meeting the wholesale drinking water needs of Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa (about 186 million gallons every day).
  • Advocating for the protection of the public’s water resources.
Summary

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We are seeking a Public Affairs Coordinator with strong people and writing skills. The successful candidate will perform professional work in public relations, outreach and education. Employees in this class have knowledge of public relations planning and implementation; strong written and verbal communication skills; events planning experience; and the ability to interface with the community and other local agencies. Position provides direct support to the Chief Communications Officer and interacts with all internal divisions and affected external stakeholders on a wide variety of water-related and environmental issues and topics. Position requires some administrative support for the public affairs division. Performance is monitored through periodic conferences, reports and administrative review. Performs related work as directed.

Description

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Writes, composes and edits informational materials for various audiences, including fact sheets, news releases and advisories, web content, newsletter content and other agency documents in accordance with Associated Press guidelines; conducts research necessary to write materials; proofreads and verifies public information documents for content and grammar. 
  • Supports/serves as back-up for social media channels. 
  • Coordinates planning and logistics for community involvement meetings, both independently and with strategic communications consultants. 
  • Assists in overseeing the production of public information materials including brochures, pamphlets, annual report, multi-media campaigns and more. 
  • Identifies community outreach opportunities and represents the agency at events; coordinates trade show, conference and event appearances; schedules and trains staff volunteers; updates agency display; maintains inventory of agency promotional materials. 
  • Serves as back-up for media inquiries and interviews. 
  • Serves as back-up spokesperson during emergency events. 
  • Executes agency employee communications efforts through identifying effective communications tools and participating in the use of those tools. 
  • Researches and responds to information requests from the media, public, staff, member governments, or other interested parties, in accordance with agency and division procedures. 
  • Assists in the management of direct communications with the public including facility tours and speaker’s bureau coordination, and in-person, telephone and email communications. 
  • Implements the agency source water protection mini grant program, including reviewing entries, publicizing winners, administering grant funding contracts and drafting updates and reports. 
  • Provides knowledge of governmental procedures, practices and policies when implementing department programs; ensures agency communications are consistent with the Amended and Restated Inter-local Agreement, the Master Water Supply Contract, and the Agency Strategic Plan. Assists in the administration of grant funding contracts and reports. 
  • Works effectively with all levels of management and staff and other colleagues and demonstrates initiative, mature judgment, customer service and ability to anticipate the needs of the agency. 
  • Assists the Chief Communications Officer in developing and monitoring the division budget through budget and purchase order tracking and regular reporting. Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency Safety Program. 
  • Performs related work as directed. Disaster Service Worker:Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law,

Disaster Service Workers:

In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local or their own community.

Qualifications

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 3-5 years of experience in public relations, public outreach, public information, or community relations. 
  • Strong writing skills required; knowledge of AP Style preferred. 
  • Utility, environmental or city/county/government experience preferred. 
  • Strong analytical, organizational and administrative skills. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook is required. 
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

EDUCATION/MAJOR REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public communications, public relations, or equivalent, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

REQUIRED LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Valid Florida Driver’s License 
  • Professional certification in public relations a plus.
Compensation & Benefits

SALARY RANGE:

  • $40,356 to $66,587 (actual salary will be commensurate with experience).
 

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