Ogden City Corporation
  • 11-Apr-2018 to 27-Apr-2018 (MST)
  • City Council
  • Ogden, UT, USA
  • $16.00 to $20.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Not eligible for benefits

Job Title: Communications Specialist


Pay Range: $16.00 to $20.00 per hour (DOQ) approximately 25 hours per week


Department: Ogden City Council Office


Position Summary: The Ogden City Council Office is seeking a part-time Communications Specialist to assist with the implementation of the City Council's Communications Plan.


Responsibilities: The position includes involvement in a broad range of communications and public relations activities. Under general supervision, and working with the Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator, the Communications Specialist performs technical writing, graphic design, community outreach, event planning, public relations, website development, social media functions, and photography/videography.


This Communications Specialist will interact and communicate with City Council members, staff, and the general public, and will occasionally be required to provide basic office coverage, answer telephone calls, and respond to e-mails and other electronic communications.


Essential Job Functions: (Primary duties and responsibilities that must be performed)

Note: Reasonable accommodations will be made, if necessary, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Communications Assistance: The Communications Specialist is responsible for assisting in creating, maintaining, and distributing communications and messaging material for the Council and the public. These duties include the following:


  • Assist in drafting and editing press releases, news advisories, and other press material;
  • Assist in the design and distribution of print and digital material for the public, including fact sheets, infographics, public comment forms, pamphlets, fliers, and materials for social media and the Council's website;
  • Operate a digital camera and assist in video production and editing;
  • Draft articles for publications online and in City newsletters;
  • Prepare presentations in PowerPoint (or other presentation programs);
  • Research and identify communication best practices;
  • Assist in drafting ceremonial resolutions and proclamations for Council consideration;
  • Review daily newspapers, forward pertinent articles to Council and Council staff;
  • Monitor and disseminate public input when directed; and
  • Other communications related projects as directed.

Office Work and File Maintenance: The Communications Specialist is responsible for a wide variety of tasks assisting the Council in the performance of its duties, working as a member of the City Council Staff, and maintaining records and communications materials. These duties include the following:

  • Provide basic office coverage as needed, including answering telephones and greeting the public;
  • Maintain and update Excel spreadsheets and various additional documents;
  • Compile and maintain electronic documents using Adobe Acrobat.
  • Maintain communication files;
  • Compile and maintain stakeholder and mailing lists;
  • Maintain Council Information E-mail List; and
  • Assist with preparation for public and other meetings as directed.

Position Requirements: (Qualifications/competencies necessary to perform the job at a fully acceptable level)


  • Word processing and desktop publishing programs (see Education and Experience section below).
  • Professional writing and composition abilities, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Effective oral, written, and graphical communications techniques.
  • Understanding of major social media platforms.
  • Understanding of communications, public relations, marketing, or graphic design.


  •  Work with and respond to diverse opinions in a political environment.
  • Carry out assignments and messaging that may differ from personal opinion.
  • Implement messaging and communications in a professional and unbiased manner.
  • Learn and implement the City's social media policy.
  • Manage time effectively and prioritize tasks accordingly.
  • Seek, accept, and incorporate input and instruction from Council members and Council staff.
  • Work in an office environment that can require sitting for prolonged periods of time.
  • Communicate with the public and others in person, on the telephone, or via e-mail or social media in a professional manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • React well under pressure and perform duties and tasks at expected levels of quality and quantity while remaining professional and tactful.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for: making observations, communicating with others, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles as required by the position.
  • Maintain a current driver's license for occasional off-site errands.


  •  Conduct business with integrity and demonstrate ethical behavior at all times.
  • Take responsibility for actions and work to correct mistakes or problems.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality.
  • Be punctual, and attend and participate in required meetings.


Education and/or Experience

  • Currently studying or a recent graduate with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, graphic design or related field.
  • Computer experience using PC applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, Excel, Access), and Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Professional, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, etc.).
  • Experience with website creation and social media is preferred.


Criminal History Check: Successful applicant must pass background check.


Motor Vehicle Report: Driving record of successful applicant will be obtained by the HR office.


Education Requirement: Successful applicant must submit a copy of above education requirements when requested


Veteran's Preference Points: Applicants MUST submit a copy of their DD-214 to the Human Resource office during the interview process. This is for initial appointments only.


Application Procedure: Online applications will be accepted at www.ogdencity.com until Friday, April 27, 2018. If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to the Ogden City Human Resources office located at 2549 Washington Blvd., Suite 220, Ogden, UT 84401 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Applicants should also provide a resume and cover letter with their submitted applications. Applicants selected for an interview will be required to submit a writing and graphic design sample.




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