Public Services Communications Specialist

City of Cedar Rapids

Are you skilled at public relations, marketing, and project management? Start your next chapter at the City of Cedar Rapids! We're hiring a Communications Specialist to support our Public Services Departments — Public Works, Building Services, and Community Development.

The ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, self-motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills. If you're looking for fulfilling work that makes an impact in your community, this is the role for you! At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community. 

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What is in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Annual pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary (Download PDF reader)


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About the position: .

The Public Services Communications Specialist serves internal City team and external public audiences under direct supervision. The role works collaboratively with department directors to develop, implement and manage communications and marketing strategies and create associated materials. Key to the role is an ability to turn technical engineering concepts into concise, easy-to-understand talking points and written communications. Turn your passion and creativity into critical, strategic communications that resonate with a wide audience.

Develops and manages the marketing and communications strategy for the Public Works, Community Development and Building Services Departments. Creates and delivers direct communications to the public, media, partner organizations, and internal staff.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Salary: $62,233.60 annually to commensurate with experience 

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Develops and implements a data-driven communication strategy
  • Serves as main communications liaison for assigned departments and divisions
  • Provides critical and time-sensitive information and educational materials to residents and media through press releases and other communications strategies
  • Administers social media channels; monitors and responds to inquiries via social media and email
  • Develops documents, presentations, newsletters, magazine stories, website content, letters, etc.
  • Responds to media inquiries and coordinates requests as appropriate
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the services and programs of the Public Works, Community Development and Building Services departments
  • Coordinates the development of marketing and communications materials such as stories, photos, video, and graphics that promote and support City programs and initiatives
  • Promotes community outreach events and educational activities
  • Performs related work as required

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in English, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related fields and
  • One to three years of experience in marketing, media relations, journalism, event planning, communications, or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Job ID: 81271

Posted 9 days ago

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