The Communications Specialist is responsible for creating content and developing media strategies that strengthen the presence of the Lake County Forest Preserves in the community, build awareness of our brand, and inspire people to interact with and support their forest preserves. Writes news releases, coordinates photo opportunities, fields media calls, pitches stories to reporters, writes and edits articles, and prepares fact sheets and other materials that support public affairs efforts and advance the vision and strategic goals and objectives of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Fosters a positive public image through media and community outreach; increases public awareness of activities, trails, facilities, donors and volunteers; collaborates with other team members to support key initiatives and public information campaigns; coordinates media tours, interviews and press conferences; assists with crisis communications; and writes and edits content for a variety of media outlets, newsletters, annual reports, and other general communications. Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting.
Bachelor's Degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or a related field. Two years of writing, editing, media relations, public relations, marketing or community outreach. Familiarity with media relations, public relations and communications best practices and procedures. Advanced skills in writing and editing, and with word processing software. Knowledge and use of media monitoring services, analytics, and current and emerging public relations industry trends. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail in writing, editing, proofreading, and digital files. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, positive approach, team player, ability to work collaboratively to support and enhance the work of others, and ability to make presentations for staff, media outlets, and community groups. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
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