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Director of Communications - GPLS

Posted by: Georgia Public Library Service

Posted date: 2017-Nov-09

Location: Georgia Public Library Service


Leads and supervises all aspects of the agencys communication, through print resources, media relations, website and social media.

Provides public relations guidance and support to GPLS administration and public libraries to coordinate communication to internal and external audiences

Develops public awareness strategies to communicate major initiatives undertaken by the Georgia Public Library Service, including significant policy directions and special projects.

Serve as main contact for media, fielding all GPLS media inquiries and work with various media outlets.

Produces the agencys newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, business cards, and stationary, meeting all deadlines and budgets.

Utilizes research and statistical data for creation of various advocacy tools, talking points and promotional materials.

Directs, creates, designs and publishes promotional materials that communicate the actions and activities of the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgias public libraries.

Develops the annual editorial calendar, meeting deadlines and developing and administering the publications budget.

Formats and designs a bi-monthly newsletter, utilizing layout software to assemble text, photographs and other content in an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-read arrangement.

Develops and implements initiatives and activities that build awareness of public libraries across the state.

Produces handouts and communications for various library funding agency organizations at the national, state and local level.

Works with external vendors to ensure satisfactory delivery of print materials services.

Develops and conducts training opportunities to share communications best practices with public libraries.
Job Title Director of Communications - GPLS
Start Date ASAP
Library/Institution Name Georgia Public Library Service
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Certification Required? No
City Atlanta
State GA
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> GPLS

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a bachelors degree in communications, journalism, public relations, English, or related field. Masters degree preferred.

Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the position in order to direct and coordinate work of the department, usually interpreted to require five to seven years of related experience.


Ability to effectively present information to internal and external customers

Strong attention to detail

Ability to work independently

Skills in writing and editing, including copyediting, grammar, design style, layout and design of print materials

Knowledge of best practices in public and media relations

Advanced skill in succinct written communication

Experience in written and oral communications, including writing articles and public speaking

Skill in photo and graphic editing, preferably in Adobe Photoshop

Exceptional customer service skills

Skill in decision making and problem solving

Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public

Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents

Skill in reading, analyzing, and interpreting information for the media and the public

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud

Advanced skill in succinct written communication and experience with public relations writing

Ability to work under deadlines and multi-task

Knowledge of best practices in social media and website management

Knowledge of Board of Regents policies and procedures

Knowledge of Georgia public library systems, directors and staff

Detailed knowledge of GPLS departments and procedures

Knowledge of GPLS Strategic Plan
Application Instructions Submit cover letter, resume, and writing samples. Apply online at irector-of-communications-gpls
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