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Chief Communications Officer

California Earthquake Authority

Chief Communications Officer

Sacramento, CA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    SALARY RANGE: $14,316.00 - $14,746.00 per month; salary commensurate upon experience



    Under the administrative direction of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) oversees the organization and activities of the Communications and Public Relations Department. As a member of the California Earthquake Authority's (CEA) executive staff, the CCO has managerial and administrative responsibilities for CEA professional communications personnel, on-site contractors, as well as numerous outside vendors who provide communications services to the CEA. Specifically, the CCO is responsible for strategic development and oversight of marketing, media, public relations, and communication programs; and managing combined administrative and communications budgets exceeding $13 million. These responsibilities include the strategic framing of statewide, research-based positioning and messaging for CEA products and services, by the CEA alone and in combination with other organizations, both governmental and private. The CCO also is responsible for in-depth analyses and advice to the CEO and other members of the CEA's executive staff, and to the CEA's Governing Board and Advisory Panel, both internally and at public meetings, regarding communication issues and trends in earthquake education, mitigation, and insurance, on local, state, and federal levels. The CCO may serve as the CEA's primary spokesperson at stakeholder and media events, and at conferences and events throughout the state and nation that pertain to CEA activities generally, and those within the responsibility of the Communications and Public Relations Department.


    The minimum qualifications for this position include:

    • Bachelor's degree required in Communications, Marketing and/or Public Relations or a related field.
    • At least 10 years of fulltime senior leadership and managerial experience in the communications field, including a combination of 3 or more of the following:
      • Crisis management
      • Public relations
      • Program development
      • Vendor management
      • Spokesperson for an organization
      • Stakeholder relations
      • Marketing and design principles
      • Executive-level experience at an advertising company
      • Knowledge and experience in the insurance industry
      • Management of a large advertising budget, minimum of $250,000


    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

    • A Master's degree in Communications, Marketing and/or Public Relations or a related field is preferred
    • A track record of building effective teams and relationships with peers, direct reports, a Governing Board and external stakeholders
    • Acts in a professional manner and demonstrates a high degree of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior
    • Demonstrates openness and trust
    • Establishes and builds rapport by modeling values-based behaviors
    • Exhibits strong interpersonal and mentoring skills
    • Promotes teamwork and cross-functional collaboration and communication in support of CEA's strategic goals
    • Promotes a high-performance culture where employees are encouraged and enabled to perform to their greatest potential
    • Demonstrates the ability to collaborate with peers and staff
    • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Communicates effectively with individuals from varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds
    • Broad experience in strategic planning, budgeting and management functions is ideal
    • Proven track record of process improvement identification and implementation


    This is an exempt California civil service position that includes the following civil service benefits, including, but not limited to:

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Medical Reimbursement Accounts
    • Retirement Plans including a pension, 401(k), and 457
    • Paid Leave including holidays, sick leave, vacation, family leave, jury duty leave, and many more.

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