Director of Community Engagement

January 10, 2022 2:19 PM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

City of Davis
Salary: $134,408 – $163,374 annually, DOE/DOQ


The City of Davis seeks a Director of Community Engagement to provide administrative direction for the public affairs, community relations and engagement, and marketing-related activities. The Director is responsible for coordinating activities involving other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public. They will serve as a spokesperson for the City on many occasions, primarily community events and public relations activities. The ideal candidate collaborates with other members of the City of Davis team to develop and execute community outreach concepts, campaigns, and other related work.

The Director should be a creative thinker, have a genuine interest and passion for the betterment of the community, and an extensive background in management or administrative experience related to public affairs and community outreach with demonstrated results. Additionally, this individual should have exemplary leadership skills to foster a culture of teamwork innovation. Interpersonally, the ideal candidate will be creative, tactful, demonstrate exceptional communication skills, be a strong project manager, and possess a high-level of emotional intelligence. If you are looking for a unique opportunity to lead creative community outreach strategies, establish goals and work standards for staff, and effectively support the City Manager in various areas of expertise, apply today!

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Within the City Manager’s Office, the Director of Community Engagement oversees three full-time staff over three program areas (public information, community engagement, and civic arts). A critical element of the role is coordinating with all other City departments on a variety of issues. Other City

Departments include: Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, Public Works Engineering and Transportation, Public Works Utilities and Operations, Parks and Community Services, Community Development and Sustainability, Police, and Fire. The City Manager has also been authorized to create a new department to address social service and affordable housing needs. The Director of Community Engagement will be responsible for formulating citywide policies while collaborating with other City departments, officials, and key stakeholders. Having in-depth knowledge of public policy along with City functions and activities is essential to this role. The City is looking for someone who can take initiative and be proactive when working with other leaders. The successful candidate needs to have strong planning and project management skills to help the City meet its key goals and objectives.


The ideal candidate will have a background in public affairs and community outreach, using their knowledge to benefit the City’s marketing and communication efforts. This individual can use their creativity and planning skills to develop projects that align with the City’s community outreach objectives. Strong interpersonal skills are important for this role, as the Director often collaborates with both other City staff and outside agencies. Being a visionary leader is important while ensuring staff are getting the support and guidance they need to further develop in their roles. Much of this role involves supervising staff, providing training, evaluating performance, and overseeing workflows – making management experience highly important. Successful candidates will also understand strategic planning and communications theories. Strong written and verbal communications skills are critical. Candidates who can show their ability to balance the creative needs of this role with managerial responsibilities are greatly desired.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field.
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible management and/or administrative experience in the development and coordination of public affairs and community outreach programs, or a related field, including five (5) years of management experience.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, to be maintained throughout employment.


  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Salary and Benefits: Annual Salary $134,408 – $163,374 and an attractive benefits package.


For first consideration, apply by January 28, 2022, by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at  


  • The first and second round of interviews will be virtual via Zoom and take place on February 23, 2022, and February 25, 2022. The final round of interviews will take place in-person on March 4, 2022. (Candidates selected to interview must be available for all three days).

Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:

  • Email to: 
  • 541-630-0657
  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) – toll free

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