Public Relations Coordinator 2, Downtown Library

City of Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
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WORK HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY office hours, evening, & weekends as required.

WORK LOCATION: Chattanooga Public Library Locations, event sites, & partner locations.

Incumbents in this classification are responsible for coordinating all public and media relations for a department. Duties include addressing larger and more sensitive public relations issues; serving as primary liaison to the media; distributing news releases, photos and fact sheets; coordinating internal communications and special programs and projects for department and conducting media training for other employees. Work is performed with general direction, working from broad goals and policies.


(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Coordinates all public and media relations for an assigned department.

Responds to media and public inquiries for assigned department which includes responding to emergency scenes and providing relevant information to the news media; preparing and disseminating news releases on emergency incidents; generating positive press coverage of departmental activities; advising management on newsworthy matters and activities that generate a positive images; monitoring news coverage and maintaining files of news clippings; generally representing the department with other emergency services agencies and performing other related activities.

Prepares internal and external communications which includes preparing written correspondence for management staff; reviewing correspondence prepared by staff; preparing and disseminating updates; posting news releases on the website and performing other related activities.

Coordinates a variety of special projects and events for the department which includes facilitating planning meetings; coordinating the allocation of resources; arranging media coverage and performing other related activities.

Represents the department in/on a variety of meetings, committees, task forces and/or other related groups in order to receive and convey information.

Develops, plans and implements community education, outreach and marketing activities, materials and publicity for applicable public information and/or involvement programs.

Participates in developing and monitoring public information budget.

Creates newsletters, brochures, flyers, banners, displays, posters and other marketing materials.

Develops, prepares, implements and distributes educational and promotional materials, videos and other collateral materials to publicize services, programs and events for assigned area of responsibility; coordinates the dissemination of materials.

Develops and maintains Library Communications Plan Develops, maintains & updates the Library website.

Designs, lays out and coordinates the printing and dissemination of applicable reports, policy manuals, lists and/or other applicable items.

Develops and maintains Library social media presence.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:Seven years of any combination of relevant education, training or experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job will be considered. Examples of relevant education is a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or Public Relations or related field and five years of progressively responsible public relations experience.

Examples of relevant experience include seven years of progressive marketing, media relations, journalism or public relations experience.


Bachelor's Degree preferred

Valid Tennessee Driver's License.

Supplemental Information:KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of public information principles; media relations principles; public relations principles; community relations principles; graphic design principles; writing styles; press management principles; media outlets and marketing material development principles.

Skill in implementing public relations programs; speaking in public; laying out and editing reports and presentations; coordinating and publicizing special events; preparing communication materials; responding to media and public requests for information; monitoring budgets; preparing marketing and collateral materials; preparing press releases; generating media attention; using a computer and related software applications; communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. Skill in creating, maintaining and updating websites.


Positions in this class typically require fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Safety Sensitive: N

Department of Transportation - CDL: N

Child Sensitive: N

All employment offers are made at the beginning salary unless otherwise authorized.

All employees must maintain a Tennessee residency upon their date of hire.

Only those applicants who provide a valid email address will be notified when the position is filled.

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.