City of Oakbrook Terrace

Full-Time Media Specialist and Special Events Coordinator

City Department:
City Administration and Finance Department

Position Summary:

The Social-Media and Special Events Coordinator position will prepare and develop city social media content to support and enhance the city’s operations while also being responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing City of Oakbrook Terrace community events and projects. This position will facilitate city initiatives that foster the connection with and between our residents, our schools, business partners, and community organizations.

Under the general direction of the City Administration and Finance Director, the Media Specialist and Special Events Coordinator is responsible for collaborating with a diverse array of public, staff, and community representatives to build a comprehensive approach to public engagement and communications along with coordinating special events and city projects. The position is responsible for website management in conjunction with the IT Department (if necessary), social media engagement, program marketing, event promotion, and maintaining up-to-date city communication materials. The media specialist will develop and implement planning strategies for the day-to-day management of paid digital marketing campaigns, including paid search, display, and social advertising strategies across both B2B and B2C businesses.

Media concentration will focus on expanding outreach to new audiences and customers to the City of Oakbrook Terrace. Other duties the media specialist may assist with but are not limited to include; developing and implementing media strategies and digital content (e.g., website, press releases, and social media), constructing and strengthening relationships with the public, providing communications support to the residents and business regarding various events, rebrand and refine quality communications with targeted audiences, and manage end-to-end digital projects, and for leading our digital/print media-related marketing efforts.

Essential special events functions will embrace coordinating and facilitating special events for the city, including themes, concepts, and objectives in relation to city goals, encouraging collaboration between city departments, city business owners and organizations along with facilitating potential sponsorship opportunities. Special event functions will also involve researching and recommending further opportunities to expand our special events and community partnerships.

Required skills and abilities:

• The position requires utilizing excellent interpersonal skills and use of proficient independent judgment.
• Knowledge of event planning and principles.
• Skill set of developing marketing strategies and advertisements in the social media or digital world of communications.
• Skilled in computer operations related to software applications and operations, website maintenance and functions.
• Having excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals and the media targets both verbally and through written communications.
• Skilled in preparing social or digital media communications through audio or visual presentations.
• Must be able to prioritize, organize, and manage multiple and simultaneous projects.
• Skilled in gathering and analyzing information and making recommendations in support of city goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree preferred from an accredited college or university, or by having earned college credits in specific course related studies in communications with focus on digital and video communications, or classes related to marketing and/or public relations.

Conditions of Employment:

• Must pass and employment background check
• Any required pre-employment drug screening
• Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license

Starting salary for this position is between $55,000 and 63,500 based on qualifications and experience, which includes an excellent benefit package.

Applications for this position can be submitted on-line at: ; or completed and turned into Oakbrook Terrace City Hall at 17W275 Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

All applications for employment must be received or submitted by Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 2:30pm

The City of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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