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Communications Specialist

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Metropolitan Council
Friday, January 10, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Southwest LRT Project Office, St. Louis Park and Central Corridor Project Office, St. Paul, Minne...
Employment Status
$54,600.00 - $79,456.00 Annually

Further information

Recruitment Type:  Open to internal employees and external applicants.

The Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) (Green Line Extension) line is a 15.8-mile line serving the rapidly growing southwest metro area.  The Southwest LRT line will connect to other rail lines (Blue Line, Green Line  and Northstar) and high-frequency bus routes in downtown Minneapolis, providing access to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, the State Capitol, and downtown St. Paul.


The purpose of this position is to work with the Communications Manager to implement a broad communication plan that builds and maintains support for the Southwest, Central Corridor (Green Line) and Bottineau light rail projects as well as keeps the general public informed of the projects’ status and construction activities.    The position will include responding to media inquiries, pitching stories, coordinating with project partners on communication efforts, preparing written materials, taking photos and maintaining a photo archive, maintaining content for the websites and utilizing social media.  

Example Duties
  • Prepare written communication such as news releases, newsletters with photos, feature stories, brochures and talking points.   
  • Provide copy and photos to maintain current information on the website.
  • Respond to media inquires.
  • Implement social media outreach and develop electronic media such as videos and narrations for use on the project website, YouTube, etc.
  • Works with project partners on integrated communication strategies. 



·         Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, multimedia communications or related field.

·         At least two (2) years of progressive experience in news writing/communications and working with or in the media as well as in government communications.

·         Experience with non-print media such as social media and broadcast is desired.


·         Equivalency:  Six (6) years of related education and experience may be substitute on a year to year basis. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills, journalistic skills (writing, editing, proofing, photography, design awareness) and attention to detail.
  • Ability to operate digital cameras, and download and edit photos.
  • Strong computer skills using software such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher.
  • Strong sense of urgency and commitment to meeting expectations and deadlines with quality work product.  Ability to communicate and work well with a variety of media outlets including dailies, TV and radio reporters and community newspapers.
  • Understanding of and experience in working in a related complex, multi-functional department committed to the on-time, on-budget delivery of large scale capital projects.
  • Understanding of the political process and working with government entities, outside boards and general public.
  • Capacity and willingness to coordinate communication activities with project partners.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with others across department lines at all levels, including those that are not technically oriented.
  • Commitment to working with diverse community within the two corridors.
  • Willingness to take on special program wide assignments utilizing project office resources to achieve positive results for the agency.


Supplemental Information

Union/Grade  Non-represented Grade F 
FLSA Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: No

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of a review of your education and experience and how it relates to the duties of this position. This review is based on your answers to the supplemental questions and other application materials you submit. Applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 

Work Environment:

Work is primarily performed in a standard office work environment, however there will be travel between project offices, other sites and to construction sites to take photos and to evening community meetings to take photos and manage media inquiries.  At times incumbent in this position will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, near moving parts and equipment, fumes and airborne particles and electrical items.  Incumbent will be expected to respond to media inquiries outside of usual business hours including evenings and weekends

Candidate will be notified of their application status through email only. 

All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug-screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.


Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate’s ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.   


Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

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