Loudoun County Government - Leesburg, VA3.9

Are you ready to use your marketing and communication skills to change the lives of homeless pets in Loudoun County? Loudoun County Animal Services is seeking a Community Relations Manager who can help our Department expand our reach to citizens through social and traditional media, volunteer programming, humane education and marketing. If you have a passion for animal welfare and staff supervision, as well as professional marketing and media skills, this could be the job for you!

Core components of this position include: Oversight of an extremely active and diverse animal shelter volunteer program; Daily, weekly, and seasonal development of marketing materials for specific animals, Department programs, events and initiatives; Creation of media kits and news releases, both proactive and reactive; Strategic planning of community events throughout Loudoun to maximize Department reach and impacts; Managing development and delivery of educational programs for school-aged children; Launch of community engagement surveys to support the Department’s Strategic Plan; Complete monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.

The successful candidate will have experience with: Supervising staff; Managing pages on all popular forms of current social media; Measuring the impact of programs and promotions through metrics; Engaging with the press on a multitude of issues; Planning public events; Using Adobe and/or Microsoft software to develop imaginative and friendly marketing materials.

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to Bachelor's Degree and at least two years of related experience. Experience working in an animal-related field, government or non-profit operation is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in employee supervision and management, media relations, marketing, graphic design, animal welfare, humane education and/or volunteer coordination.
Animal Services staff have the potential for exposure to infectious diseases, viruses, noxious fumes and chemicals, as well as risk of injury. A rabies pre-exposure vaccination series will commence immediately upon hire unless proof of prior vaccination is provided. Staff should not have allergies to, or fear of, common companion animal species, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits. Must be available to work occasional weekends.
Successful candidate will undergo a background check. The candidate will be required to obtain certification in Incident Command System 100, 200, 700, and 800 within 12 months of employment, in addition to state and locally provided trainings related to animal sheltering.