Community Relations Chief (Executive Assistant to the Director)

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The Community Relations Chief (Executive Assistant to the Director) oversees key functions for the department that are integral to sharing the CRPD (Columbus Recreation and Parks Department) story, engaging our community, and ensuring the department’s sustainability into the future: fundraising and development, communications and marketing, strategic and government leadership.
The Community Relations Chief reports directly to the Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks. The Chief has a team that consists of 8 full-time staff, 3 part-time staff members, and up to 4 interns.
The preferred candidate will have significant experience in the fundraising and development profession as well as a clear understanding of the full scope of communications including marketing and message development. The candidate should have organizational and staff leadership experience and a strong community and political acumen.

Primary responsibilities include:
Lead the engagement, awareness, and fundraising strategies to support the department
Leads overall collaboration with Columbus Recreation and Parks Foundation.
Lead the development team’s approach in attracting, retaining, and growing sponsors, volunteers, and program partners.
Create, build and lead the collaborative process for managing partner organization’s (friends groups, civic organizations, and nonprofits) relationship with the department.
Leads the creation and implementation of department-wide communications and marketing strategies that reach key internal and external audiences including using a thoughtful multi-channel approach.
Serve as lead spokesperson to print and broadcast media as necessary.
Serve as legislative liaison to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission, City Council, state and federal legislators, and their staffs.
Assist the Director with strategic planning initiatives that guide the work of the department.

Under administrative direction, is responsible for assisting in directing the activities of departmental divisions/sections, assisting in the formulation of departmental policy, and serving as a liaison between the Office of the Mayor, City Council, department directors, and administrators; performs related duties as required.

 

Examples of Work

(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)

Lead the engagement, development, and fundraising efforts including the leadership and management of the CRP Foundation.
Lead the partnership team approach in attracting, retaining and growing sponsors, financial and program partners.

Oversee the creation and implementation of department wide communications and marketing strategies that reach key audiences including traditional and online approaches.
Serve as spokesperson to print and broadcast media as necessary.

Serve as legislative liaison to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission, City Council, state and federal legislators and their staffs.

Assist the Director with strategic planning initiatives that guide the work of the department.

Participates in the formulation of departmental policies and assists in the implementation of departmental policies;

Participates in departmental administrative activities that may include strategic planning initiatives, branding and communications, fundraising, or public relations;

Provides information to the Director on the progress of special department and division projects and events;

Serves as liaison between the Director and the Office of the Mayor, agencies, departments and divisions, and other internal or external stakeholders;

Attends meetings of committees and commissions appointed by the Mayor, City Council, or the Director in order to advise them on administrative matters and to assist them in expediting their projects;

Supervises professional and support staff;

Receives and interviews visitors, answers inquiries, and secures information for the general public;

Appears before civic, business, and special interest groups as a representative of the Director;

Compiles, edits, and writes periodic reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of professional or managerial experience, which included policy formulation responsibilities.  Substitution(s):  A master’s degree may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.  A law degree may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

 

 

 

Test/Job Contact Information

Recruitment #: 21-0069-V1
Employment Type: Full-Time (Regular)

Should you have questions regarding this vacancy, please contact:

Deanna Kies
Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
1111 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43025
Phone: (614) 645-2763
Email: [email protected]

 

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