Kelowna city hall looking to add to its large communications staff

The city is looking for someone to run its 17-member communications department

Kelowna city hall on Water Street. Image: Capital News files

The help wanted sign is up at the communications department at Kelowna city hall…again.

The city is looking for a communications manager who will be responsible for the management of the communications department at city hall. The department currently has 17 postions, with 13 permanent staff, one vacancy to fill and three staff who are working full-time on temporary contracts.

In 2014, the department had 11 staff, two of whom were working under contract.

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The department is part of a division headed by the city’s divisional director of IT and corporate services Carla Weaden.

According to the city, the person hired for the new senior management position will be responsible for planning, organizing, leading and controlling communications operations for the city, and developing department strategic plans, standards, partnerships, policies and procedures to ensure sustainable and efficient use of financial and human resources.

The successful candidate will also provide communications advice directly to senior staff at city hall, as well as the mayor and council.

In additon, the communications manager will develop and execute the overall communications strategic direction for the city and regional communications programs such as the Emergency Operations Center and transportation demand management, as well as coordinating city-wide communications initiatives involving multiple partners, says the posting.

City communications supervisor Tom Wilson the department manager will be a new position but will not increase the number of communications staff because long-time communications officer Jody Foster-Sexsmith recently left city hall to go work for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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