Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
The hiring range for this position is $103,007 - $128,758 Annually 
The salary range for this position is $103,007 - $154,510 Annually 
The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

All applications must include a Cover Letter and Resume, including at least 3 professional references.
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora!   We are looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to strengthen our team of talented and valued employees. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values.

Under the direction of the Director of Communications, the Deputy Director plans, directs, organizes and manages the Media and Public Relations functions of the Communications Department.  The incumbent collaboratively and strategically promotes a positive image of the city through effective media and public relations programs.  The person in the position will, in coordination with the Director, be responsible for media strategy for the city and the city council; ensure coordination of media and public relations work priorities and projects.  This position will provide guidance on media matters for Police, Fire and other departments as needed.


  • Assists in developing strategy, goals, objectives, and performance measurements for the Media and Public Relations functions in the department.
  • Oversight of City Media Relations program. Manage requests from media and mayor and city council, city leadership, Communications director and other department heads. Support the day-to-day media activities handled by the Media Relations Professional on staff.  Handle high-profile, complex and controversial media matters.
  • Supervise assigned managerial employees and other assigned staff.  Also provide oversight and guidance to the Police, Fire and other city department’s communications and marketing staff.
  • Make recommendations to the Director regarding selection, hiring, training, evaluating and disciplining assigned employees.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant media including reporters, editors, digital media sources through regular outreach.
  • Coordinate media and public relations activities, projects and initiatives with other departments, outside agencies and jurisdictions.
  • Coordinate and write briefing documents for media interviews.
  • Prepare and present reports, presentations, project findings to senior management, city departments, policy committees, City Council and others
  • Establish and oversee news monitoring processes and share relevant news with city leaders and other key staff.
  • Draft and edit high-quality content including but not limited to press releases, media advisories, guest columns, op-eds, articles, statements and quotes for officials.
  • Provide strategy and materials for editorial boards as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field.
  • 6-8 years of professional level experience in media relations: 2 years+ of experience in crisis communications, emergency management and/or political environment.
  • 3-5 years of management experience
  • Knowledge of journalism, public and media relations strategies, principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of government and working in a governmental/political environment.
  • Knowledge of management principles
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, residents, senior management and elected officials.
  • Perform work with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to understand the objectives of both internal groups and external organizations in order to develop collaboration and support for goals, programs and projects of the city.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects at once, while meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills including AP style and editing and grammar excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture the voice of the organization and its officials consistently and convincingly.
  • Ability to prepare and provide professional presentations.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to thrive in richly diverse and multi-cultural community.
  • Highly organized and dependable, able to multi-task, work quickly and effectively manage numerous deadlines.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, written and verbal communication skills, and creative problem-solving techniques.
  • Skill in use of computers including word processing and related applications.
  • Skill in use of social media platforms and websites.
  • Skill in use of virtual meeting applications and ability to host virtual meetings as needed.
  • Self-motivated, has a superior work ethic, is technically savvy, and has the ability to work remotely as needed. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in media relations, preferably with some in government and crisis management.
  • Previous experience writing for a variety of publications and purposes.  Speech writing experience preferred.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Licenses and Certifications:  As assigned, specialized certifications may be required such as:
  • Valid driver's license with a clean Motor Vehicle Report


Essential Personnel:

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.
Physical Demands:
  • Light work lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasional walking and standing.
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination for operation of office equipment.
  • Vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents.
  • Frequent speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.
  • Speech communication to give instructions and provide technical direction.
  • Hearing/listening for instructions and warning signals.
Work Environment:
  • Works both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions with exposure to dust and noise.
  • May also work in an office setting with overhead lighting and long periods of screen time.
Equipment Used:
  • This position may require the incumbent to use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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