The Extension Office, a partnership between Larimer County and Colorado State University, is seeking a Communications Specialist to help market and inform the community the many programs and services offered by the Larimer County Extension Office. This office, for nearly 100 years, has served the people of Colorado by offering education and resources focused on preventing and solving problems in agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial education, business management, leadership development, and 4-H youth-development. Larimer County Extension provides practical education you can trust, to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. Our research-based knowledge is useful and easily accessible. Extension works with hundreds of organizations, businesses, and volunteers to help build healthy people and strong communities.
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- Develops, implements, and oversees internal and external communication plans and strategies; prepares content for and/or designs E-newsletters, develops and manages web and social media content in conformance with all communication guidelines and brand standards
- Assists and provides information to the media including press releases, and may coordinate news conferences, radio, television, and print interviews as directed.
- Coordinates, prepares and/or presents materials for presentation to schools, civic groups, professional associations, community events and other interested parties about Larimer County programs and services as directed.
- Responds to inquiries from the public, news media, or others by providing information directly or referring to appropriate staff person.
- Promotes and markets programs and services in written communications such as newsletters, grants and award applications.
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Our Ideal Candidate:
- Understands principles and practices of public relations, public process, and community assessments
- Possesses a working knowledge of journalistic practices, techniques of media relations, and marketing
- Possesses excellent writing skills for promotional-type opportunities such as grant applications, award nominations, educational brochures, rack cards and other public information collateral
- Has the ability to use and understand graphic standards and design, and video production and editing software packages including Adobe InDesign and Premiere Elements
- Has availability to work evenings and weekends as required
- Is passionate about serving the public and building a stronger community
- Two (2) years of experience in a position that requires communicating and engaging with the public, preferably in a public sector agency.
- A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Communication, Journalism, or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License.
- Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred
An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
All application components must be submitted by 10:00 PM MT on the closing date listed.