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Manager II, Executive and Strategic Communications


This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted June 10, 2021.

Job Title: Manager II, Executive and Strategic Communications

Opening Date/Time: Mon.

02/03/20 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Salary: $90,405.00
– $141,248.00 Annually

Job Type:


The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), operator of the METROLINK Commuter Rail System, is seeking a Manager II, Executive and Strategic Communications who will be responsible for drafting written materials including speeches, presentations, Op-Eds and internal and stakeholder communications materials that help create the corporate “voice” of the Agency and its CEO.

This position will be part of the Communications team and will report to the Director of Communications.
TO APPLY:  This recruitment will have a first review of applications beginning February 20, 2020.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.


The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.

Write speeches, talking points and create supporting materials including brochures and presentations using PowerPoint and other presentation software, to support executive speaking engagements.

Support editorial planning for internal and stakeholder communications initiatives including the weekly stakeholder and employee email newsletters, as well as other announcements from the CEO.

Collaborate with other SCRRA departments to gather, analyze and confirm accuracy of data, visual assets and other information to be included in written and presentation materials.

Compose articles for the agency’s website, blog and customer newsletter as needed.

Write/prepare other types of customer and employee communications documents as needed.

Serve as back-up on-call spokesperson for the Agency, providing updates on train service disruptions to the media, board of directors and other stakeholders as needed, including evenings and weekends.

Communicate regularly with other managers, executive leadership, and other designated contacts within the SCRRA.

This is the senior level of the Manager (various) series.

At this level, incumbents typically independently represent the organization; serve as a subject matter expert who possesses highly specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience; are responsible for a specialty program area that has a major impact on the organization.

Perform other related duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised and Received Receives oversight from departmental management.

First-line supervisory responsibility.

Education and Experience Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations, English, Journalism, or a related field.

A minimum of (8) years of work experience in Communications or Public Relations, with experience in strategic communications, in high-pressure, deadline-driven environments.

A minimum of (6) years of experience working with news media.

Experience writing speeches and presentations for executives.

Experience working in a team or client environment.

A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications.

Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.

Valid Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications Experience in Transportation, Infrastructure, Government or related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: Best practices in copywriting and editing – particularly as it relates to speeches and presentations Best practices in strategic communications (internal, external and stakeholder) AP Style Principles of graphics and layout Project management and coordination Crisis communications and issues management SCRRA policies and procedures Principles and practices of employee supervision and performance management Skilled in: Use of Microsoft Office Suite Written and verbal communications Speechwriting, technical writing and editing Ensuring accuracy of information in presentation materials Media and stakeholder relations (e.g.

Constant Contact, Mailchimp or others) and content management systems Photoshop and InDesign skills Strong and effective, leadership, communication, team building, organization and time management.

Ability to: Work with leadership and staff and contractors at all levels including board members, executive leadership team, CEO, other department subject matter experts Work independently, as a part of a team, and collaboratively with other departments Develop well-written speeches, presentations and email newsletters Create well-designed communications materials in collaboration with the graphic design team Organize work and handle multiple projects at one time Adapt to effectively meet changing priorities Exercise sound judgment Establish and maintain effective relationships Receive and provide input and feedback Maintain composure under stress Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Physical Requirements Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs Exchange ideas by means of communication Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations  
Working Conditions
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature.

Based on job duties, work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, railroad track and right-of-way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as trains, heavy trucks, construction, etc.).


Selection Process: Following a review of resumes and/or applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Eligible applicants will be notified of the exact time and place of assessments and interview.

Candidates will be interviewed to determine their relative knowledge, skills and ability in job related areas.

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a reference check, including degree verification and criminal records check provided through SCRRA.
Internal Candidates: Employees with active discipline as defined in the HR Policy No.

5.3 Positive Discipline Program and/or with performance that does not meet the standard for “meets expectations” as defined in the Performance Planning and Appraisal Process may be precluded from consideration and placement in the position.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the SCRRA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The SCRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.