Job Posting: Chief Communications Officer

22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds

Chief Communications Officer
C. E. A.

$9,471.00 - $11,463.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, and executing the internal and external information programs for building a beneficial relationship with the public, raising awareness about the organization, and managing crisis communications in order to provide a greater understanding of the impact that the organization has on San Diego County and the regional community.  The Chief Communications Officer also leads communications within the organization to engage, align, and inspire employees with the District’s vision and strategy, driving understanding and engagement on priorities and key initiatives, and assisting with the development and implementation of strategic goals, policies, procedures, program management and Master Plan. 

As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Communications Officer consults with and advises on the composition and timeliness of policies and programs as related to informational impact, liaises with local, county, and State government entities and serves as the point of contact for all media and formal information requests. Specific management responsibilities include oversight of the Marketing, Creative Services, Communications, and Information Technologies departments and/or functions as well as management of the contracts for Marketing & Creative Services and Strategic Communication Services.

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

Working Conditions

Work environment is primarily performed in a standard office with artificial light and climate control.  Work activities involve working in an office setting; sitting for prolonged periods of time; bending neck in an upward and downward flexion and side-to-side turning of neck; pushing and pulling file drawers; moving bank boxes up to 25 pounds; and operating standard office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine finger dexterity and fine coordination including the use of a computer keyboard, mouse, calculators, telephone, and radio. Work activities involve the abilities to verbally communicate and hear to express and exchange information, see to perform assigned tasks, and read, write, and speak English at a level required for successful job performance.

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:
    Chief Communications Officer
    C. E. A.
    $9,471.00 - $11,463.00 A

    The monthly pay range for the Chief Communication Officer/C.E.A.- Level A position is $9,471 - $11,463. The position qualifies for an annual 20% pay differential bringing the total monthly salary range to $11,365 - $13,756. This equates to an annual salary range of $136,382 - $165,072.

    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    San Diego County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Who We Are
    The 22nd District Agricultural Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Connecting the community through shared interests, diverse experiences, and service to one another in an inclusive, accessible, and safe place with an emphasis on entertainment, recreation, agriculture, and education is what the 22
    nd District Agricultural Association is all about.

    The Fairgrounds hosts a large variety of events across three distinct properties: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surf & Turf Recreational Facilities & RV Park, and Del Mar Horsepark.

    Our Purpose
    The Del Mar Fairgrounds is a timeless community treasure where all can flourish, connect and interact through year-round, exceptional experiences. The facilities and programs are primarily funded through revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair. Generations of San Diegans have made the annual fair and race meet part of their summer tradition.

    Our Vision
    Our vision for tomorrow is to be the community’s iconic place for social interaction and cultural expression, honoring traditions, embracing innovation, celebrating excellence, and having fun. 

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    Application Instructions

    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: Until Filled

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Attn: Attn: HR Exams/Certs
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
    Del Mar, CA 92014

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    22nd DAA/Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Attn: HR Exams/Certs
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
    Del Mar, CA 92014
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    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 required and must be included.
    • Degree and/or School Transcripts
    • Statement of Qualifications -

      The Statement of Qualifications is 1) a narrative of how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualifies candidate for the position and 2) a maximum of 10 examples demonstrating candidate’s business communications work product including but not limited to professional portfolio, social media posts, press releases, employee communications, community interfaces, etc.

    • Statement of Qualifications -

      The narrative should address each of the Desirable Qualifications listed below and should be no more than three pages in length. The entire Statement of Qualifications package should not exceed 23 pages total (3-page narrative, 20-page portfolio/work product samples). Evaluation of each candidate will be based on the entire Application Package, including the Statement of Qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the Statement of Qualifications will be eliminated from the examination process. Other application documents such as resumes, cover letters, etc. do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:


    Additionally, the ideal candidate is a highly efficient and proven leader with:

    • 5 or more years of relevant experience in the public relations arena with direct responsibility for publications, community and media relations, and communications planning and implementation;

    • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably with an emphasis in Public Relations (or similar);

    • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with media, community thought leaders, and employees to advance the organization’s mission and navigate business, economic, cultural, and societal trends;

    • Ability to advise the CEO on a wide range of public affairs issues and formulate strategies to solve challenges;

    • Broad public relations experience including strategic communications planning, media and community relations, public affairs, internal and crisis communications, digital and social media;

    • Significant experience proactively interacting with, managing, and responding to media;

    • Knowledge and experience with strategic communications planning methodologies practices, tools and techniques;

    • Knowledge and experience with social media monitoring tools and reputation management platforms;

    • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills;

    • Strong working knowledge of MS Office and desktop publishing software;

    • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

    Examination Information

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Human Resources
    (858) 755-1161 ext: 2010

    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:
    22nd DAA - EEO
    (858) 755-1161
    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.

    Additional Transcripts / Degree Instructions

    Transcripts:  If you are meeting minimum qualifications with education in conjunction with experience to satisfy the minimum qualifications, applicants must attach a copy of their degree / transcripts / accounting curriculum (unofficial or official) to their application.  

    All applicants are required to submit a copy of their transcripts with all the required courses underlined and/or their diploma, if applicable.  Applicants must also submit ALL degrees that apply to their application, i.e., if you submit a Master’s Degree you must also submit proof of your Bachelor’s Degree All documents will be verified 

    Foreign transcripts must include official verification of U.S equivalency prior to appointment by an organization found here. This is the responsibility of the applicant to provide this information.

    Official transcripts will be required when selected candidate is offered the job, if applicable.

    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