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Deputy Communications Director

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City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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Job Description

The primary duties of the Deputy Communications Director are to provide Communications support to a portfolio of City departments and initiatives. Communications support includes but is not limited to media relations, social media, email marketing, web content, print design for annual reports and other projects, paid advertising and video. This position is located in the Mayor’s Office of Communications and reports jointly to the Digital and Communications Director.

Essential Functions

Work with Department staff to effectively execute all matter of Communications on behalf of that department, including but not limited to the following duties

•    Ensure major announcements and events have a comprehensive communications plan, including digital and traditional communications outreach

•    Lead or assist with media relations, including responding to media or drafting press releases on behalf of a department

•    Oversee or help oversee outside communications contracts with outside vendors

•    Develop or help to develop social media content, web content, or other digital material

•    Develop or help manage email campaigns, including implementation, list management and data analysis

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•    Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, public and others

•    Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle simultaneous “priority” projects and meet established deadlines.

•    Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines

•    Positive disposition

•    Strong written and oral communication skills

•    Ability to largely manage your own daily responsibilities without significant oversight

•    Must be able to work extended hours on an as-needed basis.

•    Strong understanding and expertise in the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Familiarity with other digital platforms like YouTube and Snapchat

•    Strong working knowledge of wordpress

•    Familiarity with email marketing and list management

•    Graphic design skills are not a requirement but a plus, especially with a focus on social media, web, and/or email content

•    Familiarity with, and understanding of, City of Philadelphia municipal operations and departments

Job Requirements:


•    4-6 years paid experience in communications

•    Experience managing organizational systems

•    Experience with both digital and traditional communications

•    Experience in media relations and relationships with local members of the press

•    Experience managing digital and traditional advertising campaigns is not a requirement but a plus

•    Fluency in other languages is not a requirement but a plus

Additional Information

Salary: $60,000

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application. Please note: We plan to fill these positions as quickly as possible and will consider applications on a rolling basis.

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to pchr@ For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:

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Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States.As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,553,165 in 2013 by Census estimates.In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London.Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city's ethnic mix. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world.Gentrification of Philadelphia's neighborhoods continues into the 21st century and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.

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