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Box 2806
211 Ninth Street South
Fargo, ND 58108





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Director of Communications-FM Diversion

Director of Communications-FM Diversion

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:DOE
  • Posted Date:02/27/2020
  • Deadline to Apply:03/23/2020


The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Flood Diversion Authority (DA) is a local governmental entity authorized to develop the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project (the Diversion Project).  Created in 2016 through the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Moorhead (MN), the City of Fargo (ND), Clay County (MN), Cass County (ND), and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District (collectively, the Member Entities), the DA is managed by a Board of Directors (the Board) and an Executive Director (ED).  Additional information on the DA and the Diversion Project can be found here:  The DA is seeking to expand its staff to include a Director of Communications.  This individual will manage the DA’s outward and inward facing communications program to promote the Diversion Project and will be responsible for managing the public relations aspects of the DA.  Interested candidate should have a strong communications background in highly political and somewhat controversial large-scale projects and an interest in project management.

The selected Director of Communications (DC) will be responsible for reviewing the current communications plan to determine its effectiveness and revising as necessary to provide a strategic approach to communications required for successful operation of the DA, including such tasks as creating communications strategies, managing the preparation, delivery, and distribution of static communications materials and press releases, serving as the key spokesperson and media contact for the organization, building and sustaining the DA’s reputation for quality, reliability, and stakeholder satisfaction, and developing, reviewing and presenting materials to various audiences.  The DC will be required to regularly work with the Board, the ED and other DA staff, Member Entities staff, the Program Management Consultant, and other DA advisors.  The DC will be required to coordinate regularly with staff in a similar position within the Member Entities, the developer selected to achieve the Diversion Channel and Associated Infrastructure project being delivered through a public-private partnership contract (the Developer), and the USACE as well as political leaders.

The selected DC will enter into an employment agreement with the DA and will work for and report only to the ED.  The DC will receive benefit and retirement packages through Cass County pursuant to an agreement between Cass County and the Diversion Authority.   The DA is an equal opportunity employer.


As noted above, the DC will be responsible for communications activities of the DA.  Examples of DC responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communication Visioning – Develop and manage the DA’s media and community relations approaches
    • Ensure public views of the organization are favorable
    • Drive a proactive DA strategy and its message development
    • Manage the development of communications strategies and execute programs to deliver communications objectives
    • Oversee the development of publications such as newsletters, releases, email announcements, planned publications, on-line, video, social media materials
    • Put communications vehicles in place to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Citizen Outreach Strategizing – Plan, develop, execute, and evaluate methods to encourage citizen participation in DA programs and projects
  • Media Relationship Fostering – Transform organization initiatives into successful media coverage
    • Develop and manage internal communications and external media relations; these communications may be achieved through “storytelling” and “humanizing” the project to result in a positive sense of care by the general public for the project
    • Create, foster, and expand relationships with members of the media; this may include educating and re-educating members of the local media as the project moves through the various phases of development
  • Social Content Creating – Oversee the creation and use of social media accounts for the DA
    • Create and launch press releases and DA Project-related public materials distributed through all forms of social media and the DA website
  • Brand Conceptualizing – Lead the management and execution of brand standards for the DA across all platforms
    • Manage the DA reputation through an effective and proactive communications approach by ensuring that the DA’s message content stays consistent and accurately represents the DA’s values and objectives
  • Establish an annual budget for implementing the communications plan
  • Serve as the primary communications resource to the Board and ED on all communications matters
  • Coordinate communications activities with the Board, ED, the USACE, Member Entities’ staff, the Program Management Consultant, the Developer, and consultants to the DA
  • Manage the DA’s Public Involvement Consultant including overseeing scopes of work, budgets, and performance through task orders under their Master Services Agreement with the DA
  • As warranted, build a team through hiring or contracting with consultants to implement the strategic communications plan as the project develops
  • Perform other duties as requested


Minimum qualifications for individuals interested in applying for the DF position shall include:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or similar field
  • Communications certification required, Strategic Communication Management Professional certification preferred
  • 10+ years of communications management experience including working on governmental or politically driven projects
  • Excellent communication skills for profession public presentations
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design, professional printing/publishing skills are essential, including ability to present concepts verbally
  • Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Effective and profession approach to project management and time management skills
  • A wide degree of creativity
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital/social media


The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major responsibilities and duties of the DC position.  It is not intended to represent the entirety of the position not is it intended to be all-inclusive.  The selected DC may be requested to perform other work duties not specifically listed herein.


Interested candidates should provide the following materials to the DA by email @ before 5:00pm (Fargo time) on the Closing Date noted above:

  • Signed Cover Letter (1 page maximum)
  • Current Resume (to include salary history; 3 page maximum)

Three (3) Professional References – contact information only (1 page maximum)