Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Public Affairs Manager

Filing Deadline: April 07, 2024
Gary Phillips

Bob Murray & Associates
1544 Eureka Road, Suite 280 • Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 784-9080 • Fax (916) 784-1985

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s (Midpen) mission is “to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity; protect and restore the natural environment; and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.” On the coastside, the mission also includes preservation of agricultural lands and rural character, and viable agricultural use of land resources. Headquartered in Los Altos, the District is divided into seven geographic wards, each containing approximately 100,000 constituents and represented by an elected Board member for a four-year term. To learn more on what Midpen is passionate about, we invite you to visit the web site at www.OpenSpace.org.

The Public Affairs Manager is an integral member of Midpen’s management team, who reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for overseeing the complex and varied functions and activities of a department with an annual budget of close to $1.7million. The Public Affairs Manager will develop department goals, programs, and manage the budget to support them. The Public Affairs Manager is a communications and outreach professional with the ability and expertise to utilize all forms of press and media to support the District. Ideal candidates have strong interpersonal skills and are excellent communicators to various audiences, including Midpen staff and elected officials at all levels of government (board, local, state). As a successful manager of a team of eight creative, high functioning, cohesive, and motivated public affairs professionals, you will support, inspire, and lead the team to be the best they can be and draw upon the strengths of each staff member.

A minimum of five years of management-level experience in public relations, communications, or governmental affairs, or a related field is required. Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in public relations, communications, public or business administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of management experience in public affairs, community engagement, or closely related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desired. Public sector experience is desired. The salary range for the Public Affairs Manager position is $155,619 to $194,364. The District also offers an attractive benefits package.