Colorado Springs Utilities Public Affairs Specialist in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Public Affairs Specialist

Job Type: Business Operations

Pay Range $62,857 to $78,561

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 3/25/18

Public Affairs Specialist

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a talented individual to join our Customer and Workforce Communications team. The Public Affairs Specialist will be part of a highly visible and effective team that manages both external and internal communication for Colorado Springs Utilities. Collaborating with our electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services groups, you will use your public relations and communication skills to help enable business operations and meet the information needs of our customers.

As a Public Affairs Specialist you will be responsible for:

  • Planning and implementing communication plans to create awareness to build understanding and influence behavior.

  • Creating and editing print and digital content for internal and external audiences.

  • Responding to information requests from the media, customers and other stakeholders.

  • Assisting in the production and placement of paid media as part of an integrated communication strategy.

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with customers, employees, media and public interest groups.

  • Supporting customer and community programs such as the Change the Current initiative to help our customers use their utility services safely and efficiently.

  • Assisting with 24/7 on-call emergency response communication on a rotating basis.

  • Be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite to include graphic design, photography and audio/visual production.

Why should you apply? This is an exciting, dynamic and comprehensive team of public relations professionals who make a tremendous impact each day. You'll be involved in every aspect of informing and engaging our customers and workforce. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities for professional development and to make a difference in our community.

What will it take to be successful in this position? The ideal candidate will have a great attitude, excellent communication skills and a bachelor's degree in public relations, mass communications, journalism or a related discipline. This person will bring a rich portfolio and several years of experience demonstrating their work across different services and audiences. A blended background working in both traditional and digital media will ensure this person is successful in this role. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop is required. Experience in the utilities industry, Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), and knowledge of SharePoint and Oracle Content and Experience Cloud are preferred.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community!

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled.Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. No person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Business Operations