Mayor's Office of Long Beach

Communications & Media Relations Deputy

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Long Beach


The Mayor's Office is recruiting a Communications & Media Relations Deputy (Deputy).  The Deputy is responsible for developing and implementing the communications strategy for the Mayor's Office. The role requires excellent writing skills and the ability to produce a large amount of work on short notice.  The Deputy will have primary responsibility for writing and content development such as press releases, speeches, talking points, briefing memos, correspondence, social media posts, and other documents.  The Deputy is also responsible for building effective working relationships with members of the press, serving as a liaison to other departments at City Hall, planning press conferences, coordinating media interviews, and other tasks required to assist the Mayor's team. The Deputy reports to the Mayor's Chief of Staff and is an at-will position.


Ideally located on the Pacific Ocean south of Los Angeles, adjacent to Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California (population 490,566) is frequently described as a series of strong, diverse interwoven smaller communities within a large city. Enjoying an ideal Southern California climate, Long Beach is home to an abundance of cultural and recreational options. The Long Beach Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary and the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, plus a wide variety of other attractions (two historic ranchos, three marinas, and five golf courses), serve to draw 5.5 million visitors a year. The City is also home to California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Cal State Long Beach is the second largest university in the state and was recently ranked the No. 3 best–value public college in the nation. Serving the K-12 student population, the Long Beach Unified School District consistently ranks among the Top 10 urban school districts in the country.

Covering approximately 50 square miles, Long Beach is supported by a wide mix of industries with education, health and social services, manufacturing, retail trade, and professional services comprising the highest representation. Known for its livable and desirable neighborhoods, America's Promise Alliance named Long Beach as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People two years in a row. While it offers all the amenities of a large metropolis, many say Long Beach has the added benefit of having maintained a strong sense of community and cohesiveness despite its growth. Long Beach is the seventh largest city in California, and has been referred to as the "most diverse city" in the country by USA Today. A superb climate, quality schools, a vibrant downtown, and a wide variety of neighborhoods help make Long Beach one of the most livable communities in the country.


Long Beach is a full-service Charter City governed by nine City Council members who are elected by district and a Mayor that is elected at-large. Elected officials also include the City Attorney, City Auditor, and City Prosecutor. The Council Members and the Mayor are subject to a two-term limit, which allows them to serve for a maximum of eight years. The City Council appoints a City Manager and a City Clerk.  The City Manager is responsible for the efficient administration of all City departments, excluding those under the direction of a separately elected official, Board or Commission. Long Beach is a full service City providing all traditional public services. In addition to its traditional services, Long Beach also maintains one of the world's busiest seaports, which serves as a leading gateway for international trade. The City also has its own full-service commercial airport, a Gas $ Oil Department, and is one of only three cities in California with its own Health Department. Long Beach is supported by a total FY2017 budget of approximately $2.6 billion, with the General Fund budget totaling $471 million. More than 6,000 full and part-time employees support municipal operations with the majority being represented by nine employee associations.


Key duties for the Deputy Position:

Plans and coordinates media coverage and press appearances for the Mayor's Office;

  • Develops press releases, columns, newsletters, and social media content;
  • Screens, refers, responds to inquiries, and serves as primary media contact for Mayor's Office;
  • Manages the social media channels for Mayor's Office including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and related products;
  • Prepares formal speeches, talking points, and written materials for the Mayor;
  • Monitors and evaluates current events and relevant issues and informs staff of potential impact;
  • Disseminates statements, releases, speeches, and articles involving the Mayor and city departments;
  • Ensures staff receive copies of relevant articles, news stories, and social media activities;
  • Manages the Mayor's media contact list and archive of press coverage;
  • May be assigned office correspondence and other related duties as required.

Characteristics of qualified candidates for the Deputy position include:

  • Experience preparing speeches for public figures or governmental offices;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex information in a concise way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional discretion, including maturity, keen judgment, and self-confidence, integrity and ability to handle confidential matters;
  • Must be a self-starter with strong problem solving skills as well as having the ability to work independently or as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work effectively with and be sensitive to people of diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Ability to accept and respond to performance-based criticism and direction;
  • Strong social media skills and proven success in using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc; 
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of basic software applications and familiarity with the internet and email communications;
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including long hours, nights, and weekends.



Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university with a degree in communications, public policy, public administration, or related field and have a minimum of 2-years of full-time experience working for a non-profit, business, or governmental agency in a similar role.


The City's compensation package also encompasses an attractive benefits package listed below: 

  • Retirement – City offers CalPERS (2% at 62 unless current CalPERS member), coordinated with Social Security.
  • Vacation – Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after four years, six months of service; 20 days after 19.5 of service.
  • Sick Leave – One day earned per month; unlimited accumulation; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.
  • Holidays – Nine designated holidays per year, plus four personal holidays to be used at the employee's discretion.
  • Bereavement Leave – Three days for death or critical illness of family member, plus three days of accrued sick leave, if needed.
  • Health Insurance – Two plans are available: one HMO, and one PPO plan. The City pays a major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.
  • Dental Insurance – Two dental plans are available for employees and dependents.
  • Deferred Compensation – Available through ICMA Retirement Corporation.

The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization.


To apply

This recruitment may close without notice after December 31, 2017. Review of the candidates will begin immediately. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter online that reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities, and respond to supplemental questions. Incomplete applications or candidates who clearly do not meet the minimum requirements of the position will not be considered. 

Those candidates determined to be best qualified for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process which will include an oral interview. Appointment is anticipated for early 2018 following the completion of thorough reference and background checks. References will not be contacted until the end of the process upon consultation with the selected candidate.

This information is available in an alternative format by request to the Mayor's Office at (562) 570-6801 or via email to [email protected]