Communications Coordinator

  • Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
  • St Paul, MN, United States
  • Mar 16, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Natural Resources Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Job Summary

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. BWSR’s mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.  Information about the organization can be found at

This position is responsible for planning, developing and managing the Communication program statewide for the Board of Water & Soil Resources.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Coordinate the BWSR Communication Program so that the agency’s mission and strategic priorities are communicated and fulfilled, BWSR’s communication priorities are identified and achieve desired outcomes, and BWSR proactively responds internal and external needs
  • Identify and guide BWSR staff in work related to communications
  • Lead the coordination and implementation of specific BWSR projects or program-based communication activities and publications
  • Develop and lead Work Groups/Project Teams for internal and external communication related projects
  • Provide communications materials and guidance to BWSR clientele and partners
  • Plan and Coordinate BWSR’s media relations/public relations efforts and web-based communication efforts

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree AND
At least three years of high level planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of professional communications, media relations, public relations and/or marketing programming, using multiple approaches.

Experience must demonstrate:

  • Solid project or program planning and coordination expertise that includes budget monitoring or oversight.
  • Ability to lead and develop an integrated, agency-wide communication plan that includes communication strategies, messaging, and managing media/press relations for the organization.
  • Ability to write and edit news releases and stories in journalistic manner
  • Experience using a variety of computer applications, photo editing and desktop publishing tools
  • Experience coordinating special events, news conferences and/or media events
  • Ability to communicate using a variety of social media tools

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing or Public Relations

Communications experience in government, service industry or non-profit

Basic knowledge of soil and water conservation programs, strategies, and key stakeholders

Knowledge of communication strategies for local and state elected officials and within state agency communication systems

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of the Board of Water & Soil Resources that those offered employment submit to the following background check prior to employment.  All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  1. Driver's license history
  2. Employment reference checks will conducted on all finalists.  This may include a review of documentation related to job performance.  It also includes contact with the applicant's former employer(s).

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B status).

Closing Date: 3/27/2017

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$25.22- $37.16 /hourly; $52,659 - $77,590 /annually