Job Posting: Communications Director

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Communications Director

$8,570.00 - $15,300.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/17/2020

Job Description and Duties

Once formed, the 14-member 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) must hire a Communication Director to provide executive leadership over the overall design, development, and execution of the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s strategic communications and public relations strategy. The applicant should be a creative problem-solver with strong communication and relationship building skills. A strong candidate for this position will have a background in media relations, public information, website content development, and outreach programs to solicit broad public participation.

Under the general direction of the Commission, with guidance from the Executive Director and in coordination with legal counsel, the Communications Director:

  • Creates, develops, and directs a public information program that provides effective communication with various audiences, including the general public.
  • Consults with and advises the Commission and Executive Director on all issues which may be of interest to the media.
  • Develops web campaigns to communicate the Commission’s message.
  • Develops and evaluates efficacy of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Directs email “blasts” to specific parties, email lists, and to the press corps for press releases and commission informational communications.
  • Provides ombudsman type services to the public and interested groups and organizations to foster positive community relations and facilitate public participation.
  • Serve as the Commission’s primary spokesperson at stakeholder and media events, and at conferences and events throughout the state that pertain to Commission activities.

    You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

    Minimum Requirements

    This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

      Position Details

      Job Code #:
      Position #(s):
      Working Title:
      Communications Director
      $8,570.00 - $15,300.00
      # of Positions:
      Work Location:
      Sacramento County
      Job Type:
      Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

      Department Information

      The 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission is a 14-member body created by the passage of the Voters FIRST Act, in 2008. It is charged with redrawing the California State Senate and Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2020 census. The Commission must draw the districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of reasonably equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. It is a further mandate that this process be conducted in an open and transparent manner, allowing for participation by the public.  

      Special Requirements

      The position will be located in Sacramento, California. Frequent travel may be required.

      Application Instructions

      Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

      Final Filing Date: 8/17/2020

      Who May Apply

      This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

      Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
      Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

      How To Apply

      Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

      Address for Mailing Application Packages

      You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

      Citizens Redistricting Commission
      Attn: CA State Auditor's Human Resources Office
      621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
      Sacramento, CA 95814

      Required Application Package Documents

      The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

      • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
      • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
      • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications [SOQ] is required for this application. Please see the Statement of Qualifications Instructions section below for further instructions. Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.
        Failure to submit all required application documents may result in elimination from the hiring process.
      Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

      Desirable Qualifications

      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:

      It is anticipated the Communications Director will be a highly competent, organized and experienced professional with a demonstrated track record. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following qualifications:

      • Understanding of the scope and purpose of the Commission.
      • Experience working with specialized media sources for reaching diverse racial and ethnic communities and stakeholder groups.
      • Experience working in a politically and socially sensitive environment.
      • Experience managing multiple, complex projects under time sensitive and evolving priorities.
      • Demonstrated ability to adhere to technical and professional guidelines and standards in a challenging environment.
      • Experience working with diverse community and stakeholder groups, developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
      • Willingness to travel and to work irregular hours with limited notice.
      • Knowledge of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requirements.
      • Knowledge of parliamentary procedure established by Robert’s Rules of Order for the conduct of meetings.
      • Knowledge of the California Public Records Act.

      Knowledge and Abilities

      Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high-level analysis of communications issues associated with the administration of the Commission as well as the redistricting process. Such overall ability requires possession of the following:

      • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or other relevant field.
      • Minimum 5 years professional experience in communications or public relations.
      • Ability to communicate effectively with others as demonstrated by strong written and verbal communication skills, including preparation of talking points and briefings.
      • Demonstrated skill in proactive media planning and message development to diverse stakeholders.
      • Ability to develop and maintain a comprehensive communications presence using legacy and current technologies


      The Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package through the State of California. To learn more about offered benefits, visit the CalHR website. 

      Contact Information

      The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

      Department Website:
      Hiring Unit Contact:
      Human Resources Office
      (916) 445-0255

      Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

      EEO Contact:
      Kristina Gin
      (916) 445-0255
      California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

      Statement of Qualification Instructions

      The SOQ serves as a narrative discussion of how the applicant’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position. The SOQ also serves as documentation of each applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and be no more than four pages in length with a font size no smaller than 12 point. Lastly, the SOQ should be numbered in the same order as the statements listed below. 

      1. Please explain how your professional experience, accomplishments, and education have successfully prepared you for the Director of Communications role.
      2. Provide an overview of your experience in public relations and communications leadership, strategy, and oversight, as it relates to the purpose of the Commission. 
      3. Describe your experience in working with a broad range of media outlets and organizations that reach the diverse populations of California and the diverse ways in which the public accesses information and news.

      Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

      Additional Information

      This exempt position is non-tenured, limited term (2 year), and full time. Once the Commission is fully formed, on or before August 15, 2020, it will begin selection and interviews. The California State Auditor’s office (State Auditor’s office), which is required by law to support the 2020 Commission until it is fully functional, has posted this job announcement to assist the new Commission in hiring key positions.

      The State Auditor’s office will collect applications for presentation to the fully formed 2020 Commission, but the State Auditor’s office will not review or score applications and is not the hiring authority. The fully formed 2020 Commission may elect to review responsive applications or cancel the recruitment and issue its own job announcements. Employees of the Commission occupy non civil service positions serving at the pleasure of the Commission.

      The Voters FIRST Act states, “The commission shall apply the conflicts of interest listed in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Government Code Section 8252 to the hiring of staff to the extent applicable.” Individuals seeking employment with the Commission should read the Guidance on Conflicts of Interest, see Duty Statement attachment page 5.

      Equal Opportunity Employer

      The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

      It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

      Application Methods:
      Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
      By Mail