Under the direction of the County Superintendent of Schools, develops, organizes, reviews, and disseminates internal and external information pertaining to various County Education Office events, activities, programs, policies and initiatives. Ensures an accurate portrayal of the work of the County Education Office and the professionalism of materials that emanate to the public from departments office wide. Produces radio and television programs and helps maintain the Office’s presence on social media. Manages the Communications Department, including public information, the webmaster, and the reprographics department. Fosters cooperative and positive relationships with the media and external groups.
*Additional information about the position can be obtained by viewing the Position Announcement on our website.
Knowledge and Skills: The position requires knowledge of: principles, methods, procedures and strategies related to public information, communications and community relations programs; legal mandates, policies, regulations and guidelines related to the distribution of news and public information; methods, techniques and procedures pertaining to the preparation of news releases, news copy, promotional brochures, electronic media and other informational materials; strategic planning and project management; traditional and social media marketing techniques; web page development, use and maintenance; computer-based software programs that support this level of work, including but not limited to advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Requires: well-developed knowledge of and skill at using English grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, editing and proofreading; strong human relations skills to network, enhance community partnerships, and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups; Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; effective oral communication to speak in public, conduct meetings and make presentations.
Education and Experience: The position requires a Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, or a closely related field and three years of experience in public relations. Masters Degree is preferred. Additional experience may be substituted for higher education.
About Santa Barbara County Education Office
The Santa Barbara County Education Office is an intermediate agency between the California State Department of Education and the 20 school districts that are located within the county’s boundaries. We facilitate classroom instruction and support to special populations of students, and we offer professional learning and support to teachers and administrators countywide. We provide business and information technology services to 20 school districts, one community college, one Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), and our own internal services department. Our wide range of programs and services support professional learning, leadership, and continuous improvement in our local districts and schools.