Public Affairs Supervisor

  • Communications
  • La Mesa, CA
  • $102,372 - $130,656/annually

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Salary ranges for all full-time classifications are scheduled to increase by 2% effective July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024. In addition, the district will provide cost-of-living adjustments between 2% – 4% effective July 1, 2023, July 1, 2024, and July 1, 2025.

Benefits include:
$102,378 – $130,666 annual salary
100% employee premiums paid for all health benefits
CalPERS membership
24 annual days of accrued leave
12 paid holidays per year, including 2 floating holidays.
Up to $2500 matching on 457 plan.  (Up to $3500, effective July 1, 2023)


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. 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.


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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