Office & Communications Manager  – COUNTY OF NEWBERRY GOVERNMENT

DIVISION:          Economic Development
JOB LOCATION: 1852 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108
POSITION: Office & Communications Manager
HOURS WORKED PER WEEK: Regular Full-time, 40 hours per week
SALARY: $35,000 – $45,000
CONTACT PERSON: Debbie Peake, Director of Human Resources, dpeake@newberrycounty.net
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is a hybrid position, with the chosen candidate managing the office of the Economic Development Department, and serving as a communications coordinator for all departments within Newberry County Government.
OFFICE MANAGER: The office manager portion of this position often serves as the first point of contact for those communicating with or visiting the department. Manages all aspects of office management, including opening and closing the office, answering phones and greeting visitors, managing office supplies, submitting maintenance requests, submitting invoices to Administration, filing, scheduling meetings, and occasionally filling in for the director during his absence.
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST: The communications specialist will coordinate with the director and other County departments, under the supervision of the Director of Economic Development, to assist with communications opportunities. Plans, coordinates and promotes County programs and activities through traditional and visual/digital media communications. Assists with writing and editing press releases, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, talking points, reports and other communications for release to the media or general public. Monitors news media and social media on behalf of the County. Conducts interviews, research topics and gathers information for use in various agency communications. Coordinates the printing of materials, displays and promotional items on behalf of the County.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Requires a high school diploma and at least 5 years of relevant experience working in a busy office environment. While a college degree is not required, a degree is a plus, especially in business, marketing or mass communications. Must be competent and familiar with Microsoft Office applications, understand how to keep an office running smoothly, have the temperament to deal with customers professionally, and understand how to communicate cleanly and professionally.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Applications will be accepted for this position until filled. Newberry County Employment Applications may be obtained by visiting www.newberrycounty.net or by contacting the Human Resources Office at the Newberry County Courthouse Annex, 1309 College Street, Newberry SC, 29108. A resume and a cover letter may be included but will not be accepted in lieu of a Newberry County Employment Application. Applicants indicating college credit, degree(s) or specialized training on the application shall provide an official copy of related documents should they be selected for the position. Newberry County conducts background checks and tests for the use of illegal substances.
THE COUNTY OF NEWBERRY IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
THE LANGUAGE USED IN THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND NEWBERRY COUNTY. THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE ANY CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENTS. THE COUNTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE THE CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT, IN WHOLE OR IN PART. NO PROMISES OR ASSURANCES, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO OR INCONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THIS PARAGRAPH CREATE ANY CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

DURATION

Permanent

CONTACTS

JOB FUNCTIONS

Advertising, Media & PR, General Management, Marketing – Brand Management, Marketing – General

JOB ROLES

Public Relations Managers

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY GOVERNMENT

Newberry County Newberry County (population 36,108) is the smallest county in terms of area in the Central Midlands region (635 square miles). The County seat, the City of Newberry has a population of 10,580. European settlers (primarily German, Scotch-Irish, and English) began appearing in great numbers in the area in the 1750’s. Newberry County, formed from the Ninety-Six District in 1785, was once described as the largest tract of unbroken farmland in South Carolina. The origin of the county’s name is still unknown although it is likely an alternate spelling for the English town “Newbury.” Although cotton was the primary crop before the Civil War, today’s farmers rotate crops such as corn, millet, wheat, and soybeans. In addition, Newberry has dairy, poultry, and cattle farms, as well as many acres of controlled reforestation. The City of Newberry was founded in 1789 as the county seat. Its site was chosen because of its nearness to the center of the county. With the arrival of the railroad in 1851, Newberry became a thriving trade center. The Lutheran-supported Newberry College was established in 1856 and has been an important part of the community ever since. Although the Civil War interrupted the growth of the town and dramatically changed its social order, a stronger community emerged which continued to thrive. Industry, in the form of cotton mills, was introduced to the town in 1881. Although the face of the town has changed because of fires, storms, and former economic slumps, the City of Newberry today retains diverse historic buildings and a revitalized downtown. Today, Newberry County is experiencing somewhat of a “renaissance”. In 1997, the renovations to the 122 year old Newberry Opera House were completed, bringing top class shows and musical performers back to Newberry for the first time in many years. Newberry’s Main Street has seen the opening of a number of antique stores, and restaurants, which help maintain the cultural appeal of the area. The industry is also a key component of the economy of Newberry County. The Newberry County Industrial Park located next to I-26, is home to a number of international companies, such as Komatsu, Sweitzer-Mauduit and Kiswire, with other companies such as Louis Rich Company, McKechnie Auto, Renfro, Shakespeare, and Georgia Pacific all being located in Newberry County. Newberry County also has an abundance of natural beauty. The northern half of the county is covered by the vast Sumter National Forest, while the Enoree, Tyger, and Broad rivers and Lakes Murray, Greenwood, and Parr provide some of the most unspoiled scenery in South Carolina.

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