Soquel Creek Water District is seeking a Communications Specialist to join our Special Projects/Outreach team. This exciting opportunity is a 3-year, limited-term position with a special focus on PureWater Soquel, the District’s groundwater replenishment and seawater intrusion prevention project. Other district internal/external communications, projects and strategic initiatives round out this position for a wide variety of exciting tasks and activities.
POSITION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
This dynamic position performs a variety of duties related to internal and external communications on special projects and strategic initiatives/ directives including education, outreach and community relations activities, presentations, demonstrations, etc.
• Assists in implementing an outreach and water systems education program to customers, community groups, students, teachers, stakeholders and staff.
• Develops and delivers presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
• Prepares oral and written reports, notices, brochures, and promotional and communications materials.
• Supports committees and coordinated events including scheduling meetings, transporting and setup of materials and resources, and preparing agendas, minutes and informational materials.
• Drafts correspondence and responds to requests and inquiries from the public on routine matters.
• Creates and maintains records on contacts, schedules, budget, program accomplishments. Gathers and prepares data used to evaluate program/project participation, progress and outcomes.
• Maintains awareness of water issues and technology through research, training and seminars, technical journals, newsletters, etc. Identifies relevant information and communicates out to varied groups/settings.
• Assists with developing public and community outreach events and programs promoting conservation, water resource planning and community programs. Staffs various special events such as assemblies, science fairs, farmers markets, community group meetings and open houses.
• Filing and records management; organization, inventory and storing of resource materials.
• Performs related duties as required.
• Principles and practices of environmental or public service outreach and education.
• Presentation and instructional techniques.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Proofreading skills.
• Technology programs and equipment
• Business letter writing and report preparation techniques.
• General office/vehicle safety practices and regulations.
• Work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.
• Work independently and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
• Apply organizational, creative, interpersonal, and business skills to execute the duties of position.
• Coordinate projects as assigned.
• Communicate clearly/effectively orally and in writing. Prepare a variety of correspondence and reports.
• Operate technology programs including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing.
• Interface with variety of community members. Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Recognize District priorities and policies and use good judgment in assigning priorities to workload.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, education, public relations, communications, geography or a related field, and experience related to the duties of this position. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. Desirable qualifications include public service or related program experience; knowledge of water issues and/or municipal water systems.
• Valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record.
• Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.