The West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean water desalination. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies, and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
West Basin operates the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing approx. 35-40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites. West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality fit-for-purpose waters used for commercial, industrial, and landscape purposes. West Basin owns and operates over 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use.
West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.
West Basin’s Public Information and Education Department is seeking a public relations professional who, under general supervision, will perform a variety of communications and outreach tasks. The Public Information Specialist I will create and develop a wide variety of public relations, marketing, and media materials; plan, develop, write and edit text and graphic material; and assist with essential administrative tasks that support the department’s project and programs. This position will play a particularly important role in maintaining the District website, contributing to social media implementation. West Basin is seeking an individual who will demonstrate experience and initiative when taking a larger role in supporting the website and social media implementation.
• Oversees and participates in maintenance and development of the District website; researches, writes, edits, and updates content for the website; works with consultants retained to manage the website and implement content changes; uploads content and images to the website.
• Contributes to the coordination of the District’s social media planning, development, and maintenance; reviews and assesses social media channels to improve content and engagement.
• Carries out assignments in support of construction outreach, conservation, media relations, speaker's bureau, public tours, and other District communication programs and projects.
• Writes drafts and contributes to the creation of communications/marketing collateral and content. This includes researching, writing, fact-checking, editing, and proofreading a variety of written materials for public information and outreach purposes. Examples of content are social media posts or ads, web copy, ad copy, board memos, press releases, newsletters, fact sheets, flyers, brochures, presentations, publications.
• Additional duties may likely include coordinating District community events and tours (e.g., coordinating schedules, room, and equipment set up, refreshments); ordering and taking inventory of promotional items in storage; and providing administrative support for the department such as maintaining contact and distribution lists, processing invoices, complying with or establishing efficiency processes.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
• A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, or similar, and at least one (1) to two (2) years of professional experience with responsibilities coordinating public relations projects and/or programs. Experience with a public relations firm, public agency, and/or water industry is desirable.
• Ability to write for different platforms and audiences (e.g., website, media relations materials, advertising, brochures, social media posts, board memos, and more).
• Knowledge of HTML, web content management software desirable.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of sound public communication (for example, the Public Relations Society of America's four-step process), project planning, and budgeting and management applicable to areas of assigned responsibility.
• Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of public relations as applied in the design and implementation of community outreach and media relations.
• Knowledge of correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation; with ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.
• Ability to maintain accurate files and records.
• Strong interpersonal ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective relationships with District staff, manager, Board of Directors, vendors, consultants, representatives of other governmental agencies, and others encountered in the course of work.
• Ability to interpret information and situations and make recommendations in accordance with applicable policies, regulations, and guidelines; Exercise sound judgment within established guidelines.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment, including excellent communication about project status.
• Ability to participate in groups effectively.
• Ability to operate a computer using word processing, desktop publishing, and other standard software.
• Ability to be creative, energetic, and self-motivated, and to take initiative where appropriate.
• Required to operate standard business equipment; reach with hands and arms; and is frequently required to stand and walk, kneel, crouch or twist, and occasionally lift or carry materials up to 25 pounds.
• Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License, proof of insurance, and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.
There is one vacancy available for this position. The salary range is $70,878 - $97,456 annually, depending on qualifications. The position is eligible for District benefits.
Apply by: Open Until Filled; First Review of Applications: July 26, 2021. May Close without Notice. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the required West Basin Online Application, please submit a cover letter, resume, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire. Work samples are encouraged but not required.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and a possible written exercise.