Director of Public Affairs

  • by Orange County Water District
  • Dec 18, 2019

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The Director of Public Affairs is responsible for the direction, management, supervision, coordinating and operations within the District’s Public Affairs Department including the communications and legislative functions. The Public Affairs Director supervises employees to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations and ensuring staff are trained. Plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates public relations projects and results. Leads the development of legislative and advocacy strategies and operational plans to enhance the District’s visibility at the state and federal level. Councils the Board of Directors and General Manager on public relations and legislative issues. Represents the District before numerous local governments, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and associations. Plans and implements tours and special events. Develops a variety of strategic public relations plans, which includes: crisis mitigation; organizational objectives; annual strategic plans; and, other related plans. Plans, develops, and implements comprehensive, proactive public, media relations and community outreach programs, including speakers, bureau and large events. Researches and strategizes major issues and/or actions concerning the District with appropriate staff members. Researches and takes positions on legislation that impacts the District; legislative relations programs of visits, tours, and letters. Oversees the creation of the District’s digital and print assets and media and newsletter editorial calendars. Develops and administers the departmental budget. Works closely with state and federal advocates to prepare state and federal appropriation and authorization requests.


Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Twelve years of related public relations experience with a minimum of five years in a management capacity position. Experience in developing and evaluating communication programs. Water industry or public service experience preferred; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Seven years of increasingly responsible experience involving the development of building and sustaining coalitions and relationships with key legislative and/or community stakeholder partners and demonstrated advanced knowledge and expertise in the legislative process.


M-F. Requires travel.

Salary Range: $140,836 – $176,140 Annually

You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered.
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A valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required.
Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE


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