Job Information

  • Description:

    The City of Milpitas is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the City’s Public Information Officer. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to manage citywide communications and serve on the City’s senior management team.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced communicator and proven leader who consistently demonstrates the ability to collaborate and build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including City Council, staff, residents and businesses, community partners, and members of the media.

    Located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, Milpitas is a progressive community that is an integral part of the Silicon Valley. With a diverse population of more than 80,000, Milpitas prides itself on a vision of preserving a close-knit community with a rich cultural diversity.

    The City organization is built on a culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence, and the successful candidate will have a philosophy and approach that fits in with this culture while working with the departments and community partners.

    The annual salary range for this position is $125,579 to $175,812.  To see the full job description and apply, go to the City’s Career Opportunities website.  ​

    Applicants must complete an online application including supplemental questions and provide a cover letter and resume. 

    This recruitment closes July 22, 2020.

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  • Position Reports To: Assistant City Manager
  • Location: City of Milpitas
  • Starts On: Aug. 1, 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Salary: 125579 to 175812

Job Requirements

  • Experience:

    The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience with the following:
    • Principles, practices and emerging trends of effective public communications and public relations.
    • Principles and techniques for the development of press releases, talking points, newsletters, presentations, business correspondence and information distribution.
    • Principles and practices of strategic communications planning.
    • Communications research and analysis methods and techniques.
    • Principles and techniques of contemporary communications channels, including social media, video production (visual storytelling), advertising, publications, public access broadcast operations, etc.
    • Principles and practices of public administration.
    • Principles and practices of budgeting, communications, modern information systems, project management and personnel management and supervision.
    • City government policies and operations.
    • Conflict resolution skills.

  • Skills:

    The successful candidate will have the ability to:
    • Manage, plan, coordinate and implement an effective public communication program.
    • Speak effectively before a wide range of public and private organizations and officials and media representatives.
    • Work closely and effectively with community outreach programs.
    • Build constructive relationships by promoting and developing effective partnerships with other departments, employees, citizens, outside agencies, the media, businesses and other groups.
    • Work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Make decisions in changing environments and anticipate future needs.
    • Exercise excellent judgement and creative problem-solving.
    • Collect, evaluate, interpret and effectively communicate technical data and strategic information to the media and the public.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contracted in the course of work.

  • Education Required:

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, journalism, advertising, or related field and six years of increasingly responsible experience in a public relations or communications function.
    An associate’s degree from an accredited college and eight years of increasingly responsible public sector communications experience including two years at a senior management level.
    Ten years of increasingly responsible public sector communications experience with at least four years at a senior management level may be substituted for higher education.
    An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Contact Information

  • Contact Method:

    For questions, please contact:

    Sheri Benninghoven, APR, SAE Communications
    (805) 450-4886 /
    Scott Summerfield, SAE Communications
    (510) 714-4470 /

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