The Irvine Ranch Water District seeks a creative and dynamic Public Affairs Specialist who enjoys performing community outreach and who shows a keen interest in teaching people of all ages about the District's diverse programs and facilities. The successful candidate will be expected to enthusiastically lead public and private tours for a variety of groups and be able to provide effective, engaging presentations. The person chosen for this role must have excellent written communication skills and an aptitude for learning new digital outreach tools.
The Public Affairs Specialist is part of a close-knit team of public affairs representatives, graphic artists, photographers, educators, community outreach and social media specialists that are charged with communicating to IRWD customers and the general public about the District's mission, projects and programs.
A successful candidate will have experience and qualifications in the following areas:
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in public relations, journalism, communications, public administration, business administration, marketing, or related field and at least three years of experience in a public relations or related position where written and verbal skills were used daily. Water industry experience desirable.
Representing an organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources
Communicating and exchanging information with individuals and groups, both inside and outside an organization
Well-organized writing skills and the ability to write clear press releases, briefing materials, fact sheets, public notices, internal and external communications and reports
An aptitude to learn and understand technical engineering and construction projects and synthesize information into easy-to-understand outreach materials for the community
Experience with developing outreach materials including website content, customer newsletters and communications, briefing papers and PowerPoint presentations
Working with all age groups, including children and young adults.
Making presentations and speaking in front of large and small groups
Leading community, employee and educational events and tours
Making decisions and solving project problems by analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution
Working within a team environment to accomplish joint goals and tasks
An ability to learn quickly and embrace new digital communication skills and programs
Positive attitude with the ability to think creatively and have fun
Able to manage multiple project areas at one time with occasional tight deadlines and changing priorities
Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the state of California Water Code, the Irvine Ranch Water District is an independent special district serving Central Orange County, California. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment ...to more than 380,000 residents. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a five-member publicly elected Board of Directors. Board members are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager.