Water Agency Community & Government Affairs Programs Specialist

  • Sonoma County
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • Jul 31, 2020
Full time Communication - Public Outreach

Job Description

Position Information

Grow your resource conservation career with the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water). Become our Water Agency Community & Government Affairs Programs Specialist!
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The Water Agency Community & Government Affairs Programs Specialist is responsible for promoting awareness of Sonoma Water projects and programs by assisting in the planning and implementation of community relations information and activities. Additional duties include:

  • Attending community events and coordinating, leading, and accurately documenting public meetings
  • Preparing and distributing literature and other materials
  • Responding to telephone and other general inquiries 
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining the content of a variety of internet, intranet, and social media platforms

They will also provide community affairs services to other water-related government organizations or programs, including the Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain, and Sonoma Valley groundwater sustainability agencies. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A strong work ethic with the capacity to work in teams and manage multiple priorities
  • The ability to develop and implement a variety of community and media outreach initiatives
  • An understanding of marketing principles, and experience implementing multi-faceted marketing campaigns
  • A command of digital media, including developing and implementing social media campaigns
  • Knowledge of public outreach strategies related to emergency response
  • Experience in coordinating complex projects and programs with other public agencies and partners
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills
  • The ability to research, write, review, and edit staff reports, news releases, brochures, pamphlets, bulletins, and other publicity or educational materials
  • Experience in contract oversight and administration for consultants and contractors
  • An understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook as well as a basic Adobe InDesign Illustrator

What We Offer
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package*, including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.
Please note: Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma. The Formal title for this position is Water Agency Programs Specialist I.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This employment list may also be used to fill future positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include college level course work in water related science, environmental studies, environmental law, education, political science, communications, public relations, or a closely related field; and one year of experience in the implementation of water-related programs in one or more of the following areas: community relations, public outreach, media, water use efficiency technology, teaching methods consistent with state-wide educational standards, and/or legislative processes at the federal and state level.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of water use efficiency and natural resource conservation; strategies and methods for effective educational program programs, methods of conservation program implementation and monitoring, including plumbing efficiency, landscaping and turf, and urban and non-urban water reuse; principles and techniques of establishing and maintaining effective public relations; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; fundamentals of mass communication, public speaking, journalism, and social media; principles of graphic design and production; and techniques and methods of research, report writing and preparation of informational materials.

Some knowledge of: environmental principles and operation of water supply facilities and distribution systems; methods of water treatment and recycling, landscape design and installation practices; California State Science Standards; California Water Codes and related laws; environmental regulations and environmental enhancement and restoration methods related to operation and construction of water supply, flood control, renewable energy, recycled water, and wastewater treatment facilities; forecasting and statistics and their application in analysis; group dynamics as it relates to public organizations; modern office methods, procedures, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to: plan, develop, organize, and implement a wide variety of water-related programs; negotiate agreements with various agencies and special interests to facilitate program activities; speak effectively and persuasively before diverse groups; establish effective working relationships with other staff and with persons possessing a wide variety of divergent views; write and edit written materials for publication; compile concise reports, letters, newsletters and other written materials; coordinate educational and informational seminars and workshops; prepare and disseminate information to media and others; prepare a wide range of clear, concise, and informative reports, correspondence, and brochures; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; use the internet and social media to enhance public outreach.

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