Position:  Strategic Communications Manager (Manager II)
About the Organization: The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is the state agency responsible for water supply and flood planning, financing, and research. It is our agency’s mission to help ensure Texans plan and prepare for the perpetual threat of water scarcity and water surplus in our vast state. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit:
Job Description:  The Texas Water Development Board is seeking a creative, dynamic self-initiator excited to lead a team dedicated to communicating about our state's most important resource: water. This position will perform moderately complex managerial work administering the daily operations and activities of the Texas Water Development Board's Strategic Communications Department, which includes social media, media relations, video production, and conference management. Critical skills for this position include impeccable writing and copyediting, event management, media relations, general public relations, and supervisory experience. Work involves establishing goals and objectives; developing guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals; coordinating and evaluating the Strategic Communications Department; developing and evaluating budget requests; and monitoring budget expenditures. Establishes and integrates thematic content for team. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Serves as a writer and copyeditor for team and agency content, including long documents and reports. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Chief Communications Officer of the Agency Communications Division.
Candidate Qualities:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Oversees the development, integration, and execution of editorial themes and messaging across agency social media platforms. Writes and edits agency materials, such as articles, marketing materials, newsletters, and reports. Oversees the development, editing, and design process for all required agency reports, including legislative reports, the state water plan, and the state flood plan. Supervises development and execution of the Water for Texas conference, as well as agency participation in other conferences. Supervises development and content of photographic and audiovisual material and platforms. Supervises the development of content. Supervises media relations and outreach. Maintains the agency style and correspondence guide. Provides effective leadership and management of the Strategic Communications Department. Manages all project activities within Strategic Communications providing technical direction and guidance. Monitors and reports Strategic Communications work activities. Authorizes Strategic Communications hiring, separations, disciplinary actions, and employee performance rewards. Assigns job duties, conducts performance evaluations, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and monitors and measures performance against goals. Evaluates department performance and recommends and leads improvements. Supports department's administrative requirements related to organization, budget, and personnel. Ensures the provision of quality customer service from the Strategic Communications Department to both internal and external stakeholders. Manages the performance of direct reports, to include timely completion of performance appraisals and follow-through on disciplinary actions as needed. Maintains confidential and sensitive information. Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency's records retention procedures and schedule. Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses. May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes. Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to Communications and of the principles and practices of public administration and management. Knowledge of news and communications media. Knowledge of social media platforms and trends. Skills in writing and copyediting a range of materials from short marketing materials to long articles/reports. Possesses necessary skills and comprehensive knowledge to perform the job. Skills in using Microsoft Office programs. Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software. Ability to ensure consistent agency branding. Ability to research and prepare written materials, to include ghostwriting. Ability to demonstrate the mastery of grammar, style, and usage and Chicago Manual of Style. Ability to successfully coordinate and execute conferences and events. Ability to conceive and execute a coordinated messaging campaign across all communication channels, programs and materials. Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by Prescribed deadlines. Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems. Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment. Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision. Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output. Ability to complete assigned work on time, neatly, and in order with infrequent errors. Ability to complete tasks and projects in a timely manner and persist until tasks are completed. Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations. Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to agency staff, as well as to employees of other political entities and the public both verbally and in writing. Ability to work with others in a team environment and cooperate with supervisors, co-workers, and others. Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedule work in order to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines. Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs. Ability and willingness to travel 15% of the time, primarily within the state of Texas. Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements. Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends. Ability to train others. Ability to assign and/or supervise the work of others.

Candidate Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Journalism, Public Relations, English, Communications, or a related field. Three to five years’ experience in supervising/managing staff. Five years of experience with writing and copyediting publications of various lengths.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: More than five years of experience with writing and copyediting publications. More than five years of experience in supervising/managing staff. Experience in leading internal and external communications campaigns and partnerships. Experience in public relations/public affairs. Experience in directing and executing conferences and events. Experience with copyediting.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position, you MUST complete the State of Texas application via Work in Texas website or send the completed State of Texas application to the email address: [email protected]. A resume sent to the email address instead of or in lieu of the State of Texas application will not be accepted. To be considered for this position, the applicant MUST submit to [email protected] five (5) writing samples with their application. The samples should include and be labeled as the following: One press release; one opinion editorial or other published article; one written sample edited by the applicant (tracked changes preferred but not required); and two written samples of the applicant's choice. Copy of required academic transcripts and/or licensures and driving record must be submitted at the time of hire. Failure to provide required documentation will result in no further consideration for employment. Important Notice: Otherwise qualified candidates who are ultimately considered for potential employment with the Texas Water Development Board may be the subject of a request for any criminal history record information maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Evidence of a criminal conviction or other relevant information obtained from the DPS shall not automatically disqualify an individual from employment with the Texas Water Development Board.