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Closes On: January 13, 2020 at 05:00 PM CST

Location: 100 E. Cano St, 4th Floor, Edinburg, TX 78539
Department: County Judge (Public Affairs)
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: Grade 18 $75,060.00 -
Details: Please submit resume and proof of education along with application.
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Job Description

Under the direction of the County Judge, this position oversees the Public Affairs Division of the County Judge’s Office and assigned staff.  Work involves managing all the intergovernmental, external, media and public relations activities for Hidalgo County Commissioners’ court and on a county-wide basis.  Develops and implements outreach activities designed to provide County employees, citizens and area media with current information regarding all aspects of County operations.  Works directly with Commissioners’ Court and County departments in the areas of public information, media relations, outreach & promotion, and other internal and external communications services.  This position also provides general support, guidance, and technical assistance to the County Executive Office and County departments.

Examples of Work Performed

Responsible for research, writing, content development for correspondence, press releases, talking points, presentations, issues briefs, and other print and online publications

Oversees and implements the development of projects, programs, events and services to promote County awareness in the community

Researches, processes and prepares timely responses to information requests and inquiries from media and the public

Acts as a liaison between the County and citizens/media during Commissioners Court and other public meetings

Oversees and implements special events, press conferences, and other County activities

Schedules media interviews with key departmental staff & elected officials; acts as County spokesperson

Prepares and disseminates news releases, newsletters, information articles, legislative testimony, speeches and other materials; Distribution of information includes the use of the Internet

Interacts with public & community organizations to develop and implement key partnerships to promote County programs and services and the County presence

Interacts with the Commissioners Court, Elected Officials, County departments, media, community and civic organizations, government and public organizations, private and business organizations and the general public

Facilities internal communications and organizational effectiveness within and among County departments and offices

Devises ways to better utilize resources, improvement of management accountability, and efficient means to reach program objectives

Maintains trend data and prepares, updates, and publishes reports and manuals

Develops and delivers presentations in public forums regarding a wide array of County programs, services, and activities

Supervises and directs assigned staff

Performs all other related duties involved as assigned or required

Work in a fast-paced, demanding environment

In emergency or crisis situations, must be available to work on call and/or around the clock

Experience and Education

Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Public Administration or related field

Master’s degree preferred

Five (5) years of experience in public service or equivalent combination

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Director, Public Affairs Division - Knowledge of principles and best practices of public relations and mass communication

Extensive knowledge and understanding of local government

Extensive knowledge of marketing techniques and practices, including public opinion research techniques, methods, and tools

Extensive knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act

Graphic design & desktop publishing experience

Experienced in basic journalistic photography & photo editing

Excellent written and verbal communication skills required

Bilingual (Spanish & English) with the ability to converse fluently in both languages

Ability to research and produce written material and content in a timely manner

Ability to enunciate and articulate well enough to speak to groups of people

Ability to keep abreast of emerging issues, media trends, best practices

High standards of excellence, tact, discretion, honesty, integrity and professionalism in interpersonal and community relations

Ability to use independent judgment and maintain confidentiality

Registration, Certification, and Licensure

Must have a current valid Texas motor vehicle operator’s license

Must be able to be insured by the County’s insurance carrier


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The County of Hidalgo is an Equal Opportunity organization and employer, and considers employment applications solely on the basis of qualifications and special requirements. Applicants are selected without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, or any other protected status under applicable state and federal laws.

The County of Hidalgo complies with the American with Disabilities Act and the American with Disabilities Amendment Act, as well as applicable state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. . The County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practice, or against any individual who satisfies the skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of the position sought or held, and can perform the primary job tasks of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The County shall provided reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in accordance with law. Qualified individuals with disabilities must make requests for reasonable accommodation. Upon request, the County shall meet with the individual to identify specific limitations resulting from the individual’s disability and the availability for any reasonable accommodation the County may be able to make. If you are qualified and require accommodation in order to apply for a position, please contact the Human Resources Department with your request.

Application Special Instructions

Please submit resume and proof of education along with application.