Sr Coordinator, Communications Jobs in Fort Collins, CO at City of Fort Collins

Title: Sr Coordinator, Communications

Company: City of Fort Collins

Location: Fort Collins, CO

POSITION TITLE: Sr Coordinator, Communications (Full-Time Regular) (Classified) REQUISITION #: req5699 DEPARTMENT: Comm. & Public Involvement LOCATION: 215 OFFICE BLDG BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time Regular ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $46,411.00 – 69,617.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly) ANTICIIPATED HIRING ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $50,000.00 – 55,000.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly) SELECTION PROCESS: Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 10/6/2022. The City of Fort Collins is a bias-conscious employer. We ask that you please avoid the use of photos when submitting a resume and/or an application for employment. You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community: The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.
The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.
There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.
The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:

No. 2 Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America: American Water Works – June 2021
No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021
Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020
No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017
11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance
Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
Wellness program, workout facilities
Employee/family onsite health clinic
Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
Collaborative work environment

Job Summary
Work related to preparing internal and external communications to the organization, press, and the wider community within or in partnership with the Communications and Public Involvement Office. The Communications & Public Involvement Office (CPIO) is seeking a motivated and collaborative individual to join the department’s Communications team. You’ll work with client departments, other communications staff, graphic designers and video producers to implement communications, marketing and public engagement campaigns for internal and external audiences. The Sr. Communications Coordinator will also assist with event planning, survey development and content creation. CPIO is the central communications office for the City of Fort Collins, providing public relations, communications and public engagement strategy and support for City Council and leadership, as well as many other City departments and programs. CPIO is also responsible for the City’s strategic communications direction and brand management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Assists department staff with information dissemination, such as: internal communications, media relations, advertising, web page development and maintenance, social media, and marketing
Helps coordinate with others to produce a wide variety of communication materials, including posters, fliers, web-based applications, brochures, instruction manuals, newsletters, speaking notes, surveys, invitations, calendars, ads, presentations, press releases, feature stories, etc., using a variety of communications and social media platforms
Supports the development and implementation of public relations and marketing plans, policies and procedures for a variety of departments and the City of Fort Collins as a whole
Coordinates the content and distribution of information to employees, the media and/or the general public through a variety of channels
Provides research, writing and editing support for news releases, feature stories, advertising copy, newsletters, web pages, brochures and official letters
Coordinates, arranges and provides logistical and administrative support for City meetings and events
Helps create and manage content for the City’s social media accounts and websites including video
Responds to community inquiries, via telephone, social media, and email
Compiles and prepares data, records or reports on digital engagement metrics across all City platforms
Tracks media coverage and awards
Develops and manages surveys and other online feedback tools
Supports emergency and crisis communication during and occasionally after business hours
Supports the development of public information and marketing of projects or programs
Develops presentation materials and occasionally presents information to staff, City Council and the community
Provides additional administrative and business support to the CPIO team as needed

Management Responsibilities

City Competencies

Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to research, write and edit information for use in news releases, feature stories, advertising copy, newsletters, brochures and official letters.
Ability to conceptualize and analyze solutions for public information assignments.
Ability to proof and edit written materials; proficiency writing and editing for AP Style.
Ability to use personal computers and a variety of software packages, including Desktop publishing.
Ability to make effective written and oral sales presentations.
Ability to use a variety of digital tools, including CMS systems, survey development platforms, and various social media channels and management tools.
Ability to plan and execute virtual and in-person events.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to work cooperatively with supervisors, co-workers and other city staff in completion of projects.
Ability to handle multiple work assignments and meet strict deadlines.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Required Education




High School Diploma or GED and/or functionally related licenses or certificates


Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, or related field or equivalent work experience. Some positions may require functionally related certification or advanced degrees

Experience Requirements

3 or more years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

Current driver’s license.

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Sr Coordinator, Communications

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call
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Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body. The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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