Director of Communications

Department of Health and Human Services | Augusta, ME, United States

Posted Date 11/24/2022

Public Service Manager II

Opening Date: November 23, 2022

Closing Date: December 16, 2022

Job Class Code: MA30
Grade: 30 (Confidential)
Salary: $65,790.40 - $89,460.80 / yr

Position Number: 02000-2135

Anticipated Vacancy

Position Location: This is a full-time position located in Augusta. This opportunity allows partial tele-work with management approval.

The Maine CDC seeks a Director of Communications to lead agency communications. This position oversees internal and external communications, coordinating with the DHHS Communications Director, including preparing press releases, responses to media and other public requests for information, as well as managing the agency’s online presence and serving as the liaison to a range of committees, work groups, and organizations.

Core Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of the Maine CDC, the Communications Director is responsible for developing and executing a strategic communications plan for Maine CDC. The core responsibilities include:

  • Managing media relations on behalf of the agency, including drafting and issuing news releases and responding to media inquiries
  • Planning, directing, and coordinating communications strategies involving a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Managing public awareness and prevention marketing campaigns for the agency’s six (6) divisions
  • Managing the agency’s website and social media presence
  • Drafting and disseminating talking points, fact sheets, and health alerts related to current public health trends, events, and concerns
  • Reviewing and editing agency newsletters, reports, and other publications

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Writing, or related field and 2 year’s relevant work experience, or an equivalent of six (6) years combination of education and/or work experience in a related field.

Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in public health or related field
  • Previous media relations experience
  • Ability to respond to media inquiries
  • Ability to manage risk and crisis communications
  • Ability to understand and translate public health data and information into consumer-friendly language
  • Ability to perform under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of and experience with social medial management platforms
  • Demonstrated skill in applying best practices and standards for health communication, page layout, and information design.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external partners
  • Knowledge of and experience with website development and maintenance
  • Familiarity with public records and patient privacy laws

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The mission of the Maine CDC, within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

For additional information about this position, please contact Nancy Beardsley, Deputy Director, Maine CDC, at

*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.

Please submit all documents or files in a PDF or Word format.

To request a paper application, please contact .


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Job Type
Healthcare | Government

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