Public Affairs Supervisor

  • Communications
  • Mission Support Positions
  • Office and Administrative Support
  • La Mesa, CA

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HELIX WATER DISTRICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking an experienced public affairs professional to join our team as a Public Affairs Supervisor (up to $130,656/annually effective 7/1/22). It is the innovation and dedication of our talented employees that keeps Helix a progressive industry leader. Our culture of customer focus, open communication, teamwork and valuing each employee’s unique contributions is the backbone of our organization. Helix offers flexible schedules, a full benefits package and a unique culture that fosters an atmosphere of team spirit and encourages personal and professional growth.

Public Affairs Supervisor is an exempt, working supervisory-level classification who leads the district’s five-person public affairs and water conservation team.  This position reports to the Administrative Services Manager and is responsible for creating engaging communications and programs in support of the district’s goals and objectives.


Overview of Responsibilities 

Plans, develops, implements and monitors the district’s annual internal and external communication plan, website, community outreach, media relations, events, and legislative, water conservation and school education programs.

Plans, prioritizes and evaluates the work of public affairs and water conservation staff. Provides training, coaching and feedback, including establishing performance requirements, writing performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action if needed.

Writes media releases, reports, emails, brochures, newsletters, flyers and fact sheets. Designs layout, text and graphics for reports, presentations, brochures, invitations and give away/collateral materials.

Responds to media queries and participates in maintaining effective media relations; responds to inquiries from customers and the public; represents the district at various meetings related to water and conservation-related outreach efforts.

Attends district board meetings and other board related activities to ensure public relations materials and messages are consistent with the direction of the district and its leaders. Prepares board reports and presents at board meetings as needed.

Coordinates the district’s water conservation and water efficiency policies, procedure and programs.

Supervises the maintenance of  the district’s irrigation budget programs, customer irrigation surveys, and rebate programs.

Researches, prepares and writes grant proposals for water-related programs and services and identifies alternative resources for available programs and rebates.

Assists in the evaluation, preparation, development and monitoring of department budget.



Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, business administration, marketing, education or a closely related field; and five years of progressively responsible professional experience involving the development and coordination of public affairs, public information, community outreach and marketing and educational programs similar to those administered by the district.

A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

Possession of or ability to obtain a landscape irrigation auditor certification within one year; and possession of or ability to obtain an American Water Works Association Water Use Efficiency Grade 2 certification or equivalent within two years.

Ability to:

Utilize Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as other standard public relations-related software.

Communicate effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, to a variety of groups and audiences including via social media outlets.

Handle and coordinate multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.

Perform basic geometry and mathematics related to special footage and property parameters.

Apply AP writing styles and techniques appropriate for differing business and journalistic/public relations purposes and edit written materials.

Maintain diplomatic, professional and effective relationships with those encountered in the course of the work, including staff, board of directors, elected officials, community leaders, customers and the media.


Application Process 

To be considered for the Public Affairs Supervisor, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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