Communications Specialist II

League of California Cities - Sacramento, CA (30+ days ago)

The League

Headquartered in downtown Sacramento, since 1898 the League of California Cities has been an active partner in local government. Providing legislative advocacy, educational and informational services to cities, the League’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all Californians by protecting local control. Reflecting the diversity of California, each of the League’s employees is a vital partner in the organization’s mission and success.

Communications Department

The Communications Department serves the entire organization by providing communications support for the League’s wide range of activities and services. The department manages the League’s website, production/publishing of its weekly e-newsletter, social media channels, press relations, publications, collaterals and reports, photography, messaging, scripting and article development and editorial assistance throughout the organization. Individual and collective contributions by team members reflect the department’s commitment to quality communication, customer service and excellence.

Communications Specialist II, Executive Office

In support of the League’s communications strategy, the Communications Specialist II is dedicated to serving the communications needs of the League’s Executive Office. This individual is a member of the communications team and works across the organization to support the Executive Director and the Office.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Serves as a communications advisor to the Executive Office, including developing talking points and messaging, testimony, speeches, reports, presentations and other background material.
  • Assists in the preparation, staging and follow-up related to communications activities at League events involving the Executive Office, including providing logistical support.
  • Collaborates with the Communications team and its Director to elevate the League’s work in a coordinated fashion with the League’s larger communications and media goals.
  • Assists in developing and implementing a communications program that enhances the League brand and the Executive Director’s profile as a respected city expert.
  • Manages responses for the Executive Office to inquiries from members, press and stakeholders related to the League’s services and programs and monitors organizational activities for communications opportunities.
  • Uses the League website content management system to build, edit and maintain webpages and supports efforts to maintain and update the League’s web presence.
  • Participates in regular meetings with the Communications team and other League teams as needed.
  • Helps staff media operations at League events, including handling on-site logistics and press credentialing.
  • Provides assistance to other Communications team members when and as needed.
  • Assists the Communications team with administrative support as needed, including: tracking expenditures; processing bills; assisting with completion of expense reports; maintaining files and handling correspondence and supplies; coordinating external printing needs; and other related tasks.
  • Ability to get along and work effectively with others.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required.

Qualifications & Experience

A Bachelor's degree in public policy, communications, journalism or related field. Minimum 3–5 years progressively responsible experience in providing executive-level communications, media relations or public affairs services preferably with some direct connection to board affairs and municipal policy issues or a combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Knowledge of California media markets and experience with the California legislative process preferred. An ideal candidate will have experience providing executive-level communications support and coordinating administrative and logistical support for executive office communications activities.

Work Schedule and Travel

  • The normal work week for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Automobile and airline travel required in normal course of job performance.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications
  • Retirement: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) 2% at 62 for new CalPERS members; 2% at 60 for classic CalPERS members
  • Health and Dental: Employees may select medical coverage from two HMO and one PPO plans; dental insurance is a PPO plan.
  • Life Insurance: League-paid $50,000 life insurance coverage for employees; supplemental employee-paid coverage is available.
  • Other Benefits: Under the League’s Section 125 Plan, employees may use a portion of their salaries on a pre-tax basis to cover child care and/or certain health care expenses.
  • Vacation: Two weeks annually; three weeks after five years of service.
  • Holidays: League employees receive twelve paid holidays annually.
  • Sick Leave: Employees earn twelve days annually.

Recruitment/Decision Schedule

Recruitment for the Communications Specialist II will be ongoing until the position is filled. The goal is to complete the recruitment process at the earliest opportunity and welcome the new team member on board as soon as possible.

Application Procedure

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to careers

Additional information on this opportunity can be found

Job Type: Full-time


  • Communications: 3 years


  • Bachelor's