Marketing and Communications Officer

City of Milwaukee - Department of City Development

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, vibrant neighborhoods, lakefront festivals,recreational opportunitiesand great restaurants.

The mission of the Department of City Development (DCD) is to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee by guiding and promoting development that creates jobs, builds wealth and strengthens the urban environment, and at the same time respects equity, economy and ecology.

Position Details

Marketing and Communications Officer
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner of City Development, the Marketing and Communications Officer plans and implements media relations and public relations activities for the Department of City Development, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, and the Port Milwaukee.


Media and Public Affairs:

  • Initiate and respond to external contacts, including those from the news media; serve as the primary spokesperson and media resource for the Department of City Development (DCD), the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM), Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Port Milwaukee. 
  • Coordinate and develop information required to respond to external requests for information. 
  • Provide strategic advice regarding media inquiries. 
  • Serve as the liaison with Mayor’s Office, other City departments, other units of government, business owners, and business associations concerning communications relative to economic development activity.

Production and Written Communication:

  • Write speeches and create the associated visual support such as PowerPoint presentations; create op-ed pieces and statements for the DCD, RACM and the Port Milwaukee. 
  • Write annual communication plans for the DCD, RACM, and the Port Milwaukee. 
  • Develop communications tools, including annual reports. 
  • On behalf of DCD, RACM and Port Milwaukee, coordinate the response to sensitive requests for information generated by media representatives through the Wisconsin Open Records law. 
  • Represent the DCD, RACM and Port Milwaukee in regular meetings with other City governmental communications managers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass communications, public relations, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Five years of experience in media affairs, public relations, or communications, performing duties closely related to this position.
  • Valid driver’s license is required at time of appointment and throughout employment.

The current salary range (2JX) is $62,338-$87,270 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $64,209-$89,889. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

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