Director of External Affairs and Public Relations

22 May, 2020


Director of External Affairs and Public Relations

Golden Valley Electric Association
Fairbanks, AK

FLSA: Regular, Exempt, Non-bargaining position

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SALARY: Grade 14, DOE

CLOSING DATE: June 4, 2020; 5:00 p.m. AKDT

GVEA conducts pre-employment, post-offer drug screening. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the drug screening.

GVEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Hours: 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Additional hours as required.

Reports To: Vice President of Member Services

Pay Grade: 14

FLSA: Exempt, non-bargaining position.

Reason for Job: Responsible for setting the Association’s vision for Public Relations activities. Promote the Association through legislative, regulatory and media contacts aligning with the interests of the Association and our members. Establish and maintain relationships with various media outlets, legislative or elected officials, and developing public relations strategies.

Part II-Position Requirements Key Accountabilities Essential Functions External Affairs and Relationship Management

  • Attend various relevant meetings (e.g., annual meetings, Board subcommittee discussions) and provide written reports to the VP of Member Services and CEO. • Remain informed and briefed on all activities within the Railbelt which impact the Association. • Participate in community liaison activities for the Association by attending and speaking at meetings of local Chambers of Commerce and community councils. • Develop and maintain contacts with the following: Federal, State, and local officials and their personal staffs and appropriate department and agency officials (e.g. APA, NRECA, etc.). • Develop and oversee the Association’s Key Accounts program. Build long-term relationships to increase value and service to Key Accounts. • Participate in various activities for the advancement of rural electrification and rural interests. Section Administration and Leadership • Responsible for development of the Associations public relations plan(s). • Actively participate in the planning, revising and implementing of overall strategies to achieve GVEA’s mission and values. • Develop forecasts and operating budget and participate in the planning and budgeting of programs/projects in coordination with applicable Association Divisions. • Prepare and implement marketing communication programs for specific projects. May require development of news and feature stories about new products or promotions to be advertised in the media. • Promote a safety culture in which safety is a value. Culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices. • Perform the essential functions of this position in a safe and efficient manner. • Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety. External Communications • Respond to a wide variety of inquiries from employees, public, members, agencies, affiliate organizations, and the media on a variety of topics such as outages, rates, projects, tours and demonstrations. • Research, prepare, respond or release a variety of Association Director of External Affairs and Public Relations information for the news media and public. • Review and coordinate the publishing of all media notices and advertisements. • Participate in the creation of legislative alerts and other materials for use by the Association. • Manage display production, brochure writing/production, entry for awards, and other public relations communication projects. • Provide public services, education and information on behalf of the Association through mass media, public speaking engagements, individual communications, organizing and operating exhibits, maintaining a library of materials and arranging for the Association to participate in appropriate community activities. Special Projects • Attend regional and national industry meetings or seminars as directed. • Direct the coordination of annual membership meetings, Board of Director elections, Member Advisory Committee (MAC) meetings, community outreach meetings and other special events which may require extended work hours. • Initiate and coordinate public relations functions such as tours, special events, press releases, press conferences, lobbying efforts, surveys, community assistance, etc. • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Political Science, or related field required. • Master’s degree preferred.

SKILLS: • Strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on member, public and company-wide relationships. • Ability to work under stressful conditions and meet continual deadlines as required. • Demonstrated administrative and management skills. • Ability to manage multiple projects within budget and timelines. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Demonstrated desktop computing skills using word processing, spreadsheet, database and desktop publishing programs. • Strong organizational and management skills. • Excellent leadership and team building skills. • Proven problem solving ability. • Demonstrated supervisory skills. • Familiarity with mass media to include: layout, design, contracting and placement. • Ability to facilitate cooperation between work groups and work functionally across all levels of the organization.

CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES: • Valid Alaska driver’s license is required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Office environment. • Occasional travel may be required


EXPERIENCE: • Minimum of ten years’ of progressive

ON-THE-JOB DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS: • Continuously improve and upgrade computing Director of External Affairs and Public Relations 3 of 3 experience in the field of Public Relations • Demonstrated supervisory experience required. • Demonstrated project management experience required. • Public speaking experience is required. • Electric utility experience is preferred. • Experience with local, state and federal government policies and working in a political climate. skills and other applicable job skills. • Become knowledgeable in all applicable safe work practices. • Become knowledgeable of Association policies and procedures. • Become knowledgeable of organizational structure and client relationships. • Become knowledgeable of performance models and Division strategic objectives. DIRECT REPORTS TO THIS POSITION: • Public Relations Assistant

Updated as of 05/20/2020 MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ANY TIME TO MODIFY JOB REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS DIRECTED OR HISTORICALLY PERFORMED. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND POTENTIAL HAZARDS Activity N/A NE O F C Sitting Walking Standing Running Bending or twisting Squatting or kneeling Reaching above shoulder level (i.e. awkward posture) Climbing (i.e. ladders) Driving cars, light duty trucks Driving heavy duty vehicles Using foot controls Repetitive motion of hands/fingers Grasping, gripping or pinching with hand(s), (i.e. high hand force) Moderate to High hand-arm vibration Lifting/carrying 10-25 pounds Lifting/carrying 26-50 pounds Heavy Lifting/carrying 51-74 pounds (more than 10 times per day) Heavy Lifting/ carrying 75 pounds or more (once per day or more) Awkward Lifting/carrying objects 25 lbs above shoulders, below knees or at arms length more than 25 times per day Frequent lifting (more than: 10 lbs , 2 times per min., 2 hrs + a day) Pushing/pulling Repeated impact (use of hand or knee as hammer more than 10 times per hour, more than 2 hours total per day) Highly repetitive motion (repeating the same motion with neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands more than 2 hours per day) Work in or exposure to inclement weather Work in or exposure to cold water Exposure to dust, chemicals or fumes (indoor or outdoor air quality) Work / live in remote field sites Use of hazardous equipment (i.e. guns, chainsaws and explosives) Swimming/scuba diving Work at heights (i.e. towers, poles) Exposure to infection, germs or contagious diseases Exposure to blood, body fluid or potentially contaminated materials Exposure to needles or sharp instruments Use of hot equipment (i.e. ovens) Exposure to electrical current Seeing objects at a distance Seeing objects peripherally Seeing close work (i.e. typed print) Distinguishing colors Hearing conversations or sounds Hearing via radio or telephone Communicating through speech Communicating by writing and reading Distinguishing odors by smell Distinguishing tastes Exposure to wild/dangerous animals Exposure to insect bites or stings Work/travel in boat or small aircraft Exposure to aggressive/angry people Restraining/grappling with people Respiratory protection (negative pressure 1/2 face) Activity N/A NE O F C Exposure to work in confined spaces Potential ergonomic caution areas (typical work activities that are foreseeable): Other: The preceding identifies the physical demands and potential hazards typically encountered by this position. The information is necessary in part to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standards. The following is a brief explanation of each rating given above: N/A – Not applicable or not required of the position. NE – Requirement is present but is not essential to the position. O – Occasional (up to 33% of the time) yet essential to the position. For example, a lifeguard swims only occasionally but it is essential that a lifeguard be able to swim. F – Frequent (34-66% of the time). C – Continuous (over 66% of the time).

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Job posted: 2020-05-22