Community Affairs Specialist

Sonoma County Transportation   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
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Posted on June 4, 2021

Salary: $64,345 – 88,159 annually Opening Date:6/1/2021

Closing: Continuous (First Deadline: 6/22/2021)June 1, 2021

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA)/Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) is recruiting to fill the position of Community Affairs Specialist. General Overview of SCTA/RCPAT he Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) was established in 1990 and is charged with coordinating transportation plans, programs and projects among the cities and County of Sonoma. The SCTA develops long range transportation plans covering all modes and works cooperatively with local, regional and State agencies to deliver capital projects as well as allocate various federal, state, and regional funding programs. The SCTA is also responsible for the administration of a voter approved ¼ cent sales tax dedicated to transportation.

The Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) was established in 2009 and is charged with leading and coordinating countywide efforts to implement and advocate a broad range of programs and projects to reduce GHG emissions. The RCPA serves as a central location for information sharing related to GHG reducing policies, projects and programs; helps to coordinate advocacy efforts to secure funding from all levels of government; and assists local partners in their efforts to identify, prioritize and implement GHG reducing measures.

Definition of Position

The SCTA/RCPA Community Affairs Specialist assists the SCTA/RCPA Executive Director, SCTA Chief Deputy Executive Director, SCTA Director of Planning, and RCPA Director of Climate Programs in developing and implementing community outreach and engagement programs. The specialist will work with both organizations to promote the SCTA and RCPA in a positive and community-oriented way via community events, press releases, website content, social media, and other strategies as appropriate for various programs and planning efforts. This position requires a general knowledge of local government as well as familiarity with climate change, energy, transportation, land-use, water, waste, and other sectors addressed by the SCTA and RCPA.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Community Affairs Specialist is a professional staff person responsible for representing the SCTA and RCPA to the public, stakeholder groups, and the media. The position requires commitment to community relations and being a valued neighbor and partner in the communities of Sonoma County. The position also requires excellent communications skills, the ability to effectively represent a wide diversity of issues, and a desire to provide quality service to the Board of Directors, SCTA/RCPA staff, our partners, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and/or training that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally this would include a bachelor’s degree in public and/or business administration, communications, journalism, public relations, or a closely related field, and three years of professional level experience working in public information/media relations or marketing that includes at least one year of professional experience supervising and/or providing project lead direction to teams on marketing, communications, and/or public information efforts. A Master’s degree is desirable.

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.

This is an open recruitment until the position is filled. The first deadline to apply is June 22, 2021.Interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the SCTA/RCPA office is temporarily closed and all staff members are working remotely. Therefore, we are accepting electronic applications only for this recruitment.