Are you a self-starter who likes to think creatively and strategically? Do you enjoy wearing multiple hats and working in a role that is not siloed to one avenue of communication? If that sounds like you, you could be TRWA’s next Communications Specialist! This position combines graphic design, web maintenance, public relations, social media/content development, email marketing, and administrative oversight. This person will work alongside a team of other highly motivated, detail-oriented individuals who work to strengthen visibility, engagement, and support.
The Communications Specialist will report to the Deputy Executive Director and will be responsible for the development of digital and traditional communications materials and the implementation of communications plans and strategies in support of the Association. Key responsibilities include:
Work with the Deputy Executive Director to implement the Association’s communications plan; evaluate opportunities and provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
Design, develop and distribute digital and traditional communications pieces and ensure consistency of branding and messaging
Assist with the planning, content, design and production of the Association’s trade magazine and consumer-facing publications
Use CMS to maintain Association website, regularly updating and authoring new and dynamic content
Manage the Association’s social media accounts, including the weekly maintenance of content calendars, tracking relevant trends, and authoring compelling content
Manage distribution lists and produce weekly eNewsletters, as well as specialized and targeted email marketing campaigns
Cultivate and maintain relationships with industry professionals to produce revenue through advertising opportunities to meet or exceed targets for magazine, directory, and website
Other job duties include:
Maintain spreadsheets in support of publications, advertising, and PAC sponsorships
Perform routine queries in membership database in relation to publication and collateral distribution lists
Manage website job board, including assisting end users with postings, monitoring posts for quality assurance, invoicing and recording payment
Curate and coordinate content for internal communications initiatives
Request creative assets and follow up with internal and external stakeholders to fulfill department deliverables
Process credit card payments for advertising sales and PAC donations
Assist with the tracking of Awards of Excellence nominations and Student Scholarship applications, and assembling packets for board scoring committees
Perform general administrative and clerical duties as related to TRWA’s Communications Department, including hardcopy and electronic filing of documents, researching media outlets, compiling data, gathering quotes for print or promotional items, and responding to inquiries about editorial calendar, publication schedule or advertising rates
Serve on various staff committees, including leadership development and conference planning committees
Present on communications-related topics at regional conferences and conventions as needed.
Assist with the coordination and completion of specific projects for the Deputy Executive Director
Share in customer service support for phone system
Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director
High School Diploma or GED required
Bachelor’s Degree in a communications-related field, such as Journalism, Mass Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Organizational Communications, etc., is preferred
Three years of experience working on or leading communications programs is required
Prior experience at a trade association or other non-profit is preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Computer proficient with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and web-based databases
Proficiency with desktop publishing and design applications, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
Familiarity with social media platforms and social media management tools
Experience managing websites using content management systems; basic knowledge of HTML and web publishing tools preferred
General understanding of video production, and familiarity with video editing software preferred
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Attention to detail, accuracy, and the ability to multi-task
Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently to complete deliverables on schedule
To apply, please use the form below to send a cover letter, current resume, and a writing sample to the search committee. You may also email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Communication Specialist Position.
About Texas Rural Water Association
Texas Rural Water Association (TRWA) is a statewide nonprofit trade association established in 1969 with an active membership consisting of more than 750 utility system and individual members. In addition, approximately 200 water industry suppliers participate in TRWA activities as associate members. TRWA members provide water and wastewater service to 3 million customers throughout Texas.
TRWA is dedicated to helping directors, managers and operators provide efficient service and clean, safe drinking water to their customers. Through on-site technical assistance, education and information exchange, TRWA helps its members better meet their needs as well as the needs of their customers.