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The City of Freeport is looking for a full-time Communications Director. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Communications Director is responsible for the content development across multiple platforms; maintaining and updating the City’s websites; and updating and maintain the City’s marketing plan, including managing the social media outlets.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Provides leadership and researches and recommends best practices for City communication efforts with a wide variety of audiences to support governmental transparency and improve information flow between the City, citizens, stakeholders and City employees.
Performs professional public relations duties coordinating the timely development, administration and release of information regarding a wide range of City programs and services to foster and improve media and community relations throughout Freeport and the Northern Illinois region.
Cultivates effective working relationships with reporters, editors, and producers in the print and electronic media on national, regional, and local levels.
Reviews, edits and produces communication materials with internal departments, including: Preparing news releases; drafting speeches, remarks, and comments; hosting press conferences; conducting media interviews; shooting and editing video; developing public service announcements; and proclamations; taking photographs; and/or performing other related activities.
Coordinates and publicizes special events, public education opportunities, news conferences, town hall meetings, and/or other public events designed to promote the City. Maintains a high level of visibility within the community and attends special events, community meetings, ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and other related community events.
Designs and produces the Community Newsletter.
Manages and updates the City websites including monitoring website’s performance and user accessibility. Administers all City of Freeport social media and provides oversight and direction for all departmental social media sites including Fire and Police.
Serves as Public Information Office in emergency situations.
The qualified candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a concentration in communications, public relations, journalism, English, business administration, public administration or closely related field; Master’s degree in a related field preferred; Minimum three (3) years of significant experience in communications for a governmental body, not-for-profit organization or private sector required; Governmental experience preferred; exceptional writing and English grammar skills, required; video editing and photography skills preferred.

The starting salary range for this exempt, salaried position is $54,000-$58,000 annually with an excellent benefit package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, plus and IMRF pension.  Please email cover letters and resumes to the Human Resource Manager at  Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

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