First Review of Applications: March 28, 2017 Open Until Filled
The Public Affairs Manager position is a premier opportunity for an energetic and collaborative leader to join the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District as we move forward into the next chapter of our history. The ideal candidate for Public Affairs Manager will be an innovative, experienced professional with the demonstrated ability to lead, think, and act strategically to deliver the District’s critical Public Affairs function and activities. Individuals interested in the position must possess strong verbal and written communication skills along with the capacity to develop and sustain effective working relationships with internal departments and partner agencies, as well as with elected officials at all levels of government. If you are passionate about contributing to the legacy of open space, we look forward to hearing from you.
Additional Information Links: The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s 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.” To learn more about what we are passionate about, we invite you to visit our web site at www.OpenSpace.org to view the position brochure, our Video Gallery page, our employee’s “Working for Midpen” video on the Job page, and our newsletter, Open Space Views.
Position Requirements: A minimum of five years of management-level experience in public relations, communications, or governmental affairs, or a related field is required. Candidates for Public Affairs Manager are expected to have a working understanding of District functions and activities, including the role of the Board of Directors. Successful candidates will have experience working in public information, community engagement, governmental affairs, and will bring creative problem-solving skills honed by experience to develop, oversee, and implement projects. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also keys to success in this position along with the ability to represent the agency in front of the media when needed. Educational Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in public relations, communications, public or business administration, or a related field and five (5) years of management experience in public affairs, community engagement, or a related area. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable. For a detailed job description, please see the Public Affairs Manager job description on the District website.
Apply Today! Send your letter of interest and resume to HR@OpenSpace.org. Application materials will be acknowledged promptly and interest in the position will remain confidential. General inquiries or questions regarding the position may be emailed to HR@openspace.org, or contact Pamela Mullen, Human Resources Analyst II, at 650-625-6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We highly recommend interested applicants apply by the first review date of March 28th to be considered for the position. Although the recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, acceptance of application materials may close at any time after March 28th without notice.
About Midpen: Headquartered in Los Altos, the District is divided into seven geographic wards, each represented by an elected Board member for a four-year term. As an independent special district, we enjoy the benefits of a politically stable environment, a dynamic Board of Directors, and a highly competent and dedicated staff of 165 employees. The administration offices include the following departments: public affairs, visitor & field services, real property, planning, engineering & construction, natural resources, and administrative services. The District’s two field offices, located on the preserves, include approximately 60 staff members who provide patrol, maintenance, and visitor services.
The District has an annual 2016/17 budget of approximately $58 million, with the primary revenue source a share of the annual total property tax collected within the District. As the District looks to the future, our Strategic Plan provides a vision of accomplishing all elements of the mission in a balanced, fiscally prudent, and sustainable manner. After focusing on land acquisition for nearly forty years, the District is purposefully elevating the other two key parts of the mission --protecting and restoring the lands, and providing public access and education-- to provide a better balance in the delivery of services to the public.
Additional Salary Information: Appointment within the salary range will be made depending upon candidate qualifications.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves protected for public enjoyment, making a preserve system of diverse and unparalleled beauty in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.