Communications Associate

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

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Organization Overview

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland is a public agency created by the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners. Founded in 1962, under the auspices of the PA Urban Redevelopment Law, its main purpose is to spur redevelopment of blighted and vacant property across the county.

The Westmoreland County Land Bank is also a public agency created by the Board of Commissioners in 2013. The agency uses tools of the PA Land Bank Law to acquire and repurpose vacant and tax-delinquent property in member communities.

Together, the agencies form an organization (collectively referred to as RA/LB in this posting) that is responsible for addressing blight and vacancy through numerous programs across the county. With a current staff of four positions, the RA/LB carries out blight demolition, residential and commercial property rehabilitation, acquisition and repurposing of vacant and tax-delinquent properties, accessible and affordable housing, training and education partnership, historic preservation, and brownfield redevelopment.

Communications Associate

The Communications Associate is responsible for developing short and long-term communication plans and implementing the same using a variety of methods to achieve the objectives outlined in the organization’s 2021 Strategic Plan. The successful candidate has a passion for both people and place and knows how to tell a compelling story about the essential work the organization engages in to build healthy and whole communities and reposition Westmoreland County for continued growth. The individual is a natural relationship builder and communicator who knows it takes more than a business card to cement a partnership.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develops the annual communications strategy and successfully implements all aspects of the plan
  • Develops the annual communications budget
  • Crafts content for all communications efforts including press releases, social media, web, and print media
  • Researches the latest trends in community and economic development and disseminates through appropriate channels
  • Proofreads all communications materials, ensuring proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and information accuracy
  • Plans and executes all RA/LB events including the annual Reclaiming Communities Summit and Quarterly Networking meetings among the community and economic development practitioners across the county
  • Populates the organization’s photo library with high-resolution images and videos of projects and programs
  • Elevates the RA/LB website and social media platforms, keeping information current and engaging
  • Prepares monthly reports to RA/LB Executive Director, staff, and board of directors
  • Assists with federal, state, and local grant writing
  • Seeks out and forges relationships with potential partners, clients, and funders
  • Markets Land Bank-owned properties to potential new owners and developers
  • Provides operational support to RA/LB programs (roughly 20% of the time)

Essential Characteristics and Abilities

The successful Communications Associate will demonstrate the following characteristics and abilities:

  • Passion for people and places, and storytelling
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • Community relations and engagement
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe design software to produce varied media and documents to support communication strategies, including annual reports and brochures
  • Demonstrated expertise in business writing, editing, and proofreading
  • Significant experience in creating rich media content, like video and audio
  • Photography and image manipulation techniques
  • Knowledge of CMS, HTML, and CSS

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree: communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, English, or relevant education and experience
  • One to three years experience
  • Holds a valid driver’s license and maintains reliable transportation
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds

Compensation, Work Environment, and Conditions of Employment

The salary of this full-time position is $42,000 plus generous health insurance benefits and an employer-matched defined-contribution pension plan.

The RA/LB primarily conducts its work within a professional office environment. However, many meetings, events, and fieldwork activities outside of our principal office in downtown Greensburg require travel throughout Westmoreland County.

All employees of the RA/LB are expected to reside in or become residents of Westmoreland County within 180 days of employment start.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a current résumé, cover letter, two personal references, two professional references, and three writing or professional work samples in PDF file format via an application form at The application deadline is August 19, 2020 or until filled. Candidates must submit to a PA State Police Criminal History Background Check.

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