Director of Communications and Engagement

March 16, 2023 12:45 PM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

The City of Elgin (est. pop. 115,000) is seeking a seasoned, visionary leader to establish a transformative department at the forefront of local governmental communications.

The ideal candidate will be cognizant of the current state of local journalism, social media and communications in the local governmental industry and be wholly committed to being a leader in establishing a new communications paradigm within the industry. The city’s Director of Communications and Engagement will work well in a team-centered environment focusing on collaboration, communication, and results.

The Director of Communications and Engagement will be creating a new department and should have experience in managing and developing a team. The Director should have experience in managing a group of staff, encouraging feedback from the department team and providing direction as the expert in the room communications decisions. The Director will join the executive leadership team to assist in the decision making, policy analysis and other projects for the city and will readily engage with the community to build positive relationships and attain higher understanding of the city’s stakeholders to produce the most thoughtful reporting on the uniqueness of Elgin’s diverse community.

A methodical, analytic thinker who continuously seeks and finds innovative and effective ways to share messaging and communication decisions is required. The Director of Communications and Engagement will bring competence in public speaking, crisis management, and exceptional oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated understanding of the different audiences for each medium and the way to best craft messages for each.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of five years of professional experience is required, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity. Elgin offers a market competitive total rewards package that includes a base salary range between $121,968 and $163,449 depending on experience and qualifications. Apply at: For more information about this outstanding career opportunity contact Patty Heminover at or call (651) 968-7841. EOE


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