The mission of the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. OHS works collaboratively with a broad-based network of public and private providers to utilize practices that are informed by data, honor the different perspectives of all stake holders and are trauma-informed. OHS works to maximize resources while monitoring emerging trends, tracking progress and shifting priorities as needed.
With a $79 million budget, 181+ staff serving nearly 15,000 a year, OHS is a highly visible public agency. Given the public nature of the homelessness problem, interface with and through the media is an essential function of the Office. Further, communication throughout the system has been identified as a top priority for action in the new 5-Year Strategic Plan.
The purpose of this position is to develop and implement a strategic communications plan for the Office of Homeless Services. This person will be responsible for shaping and managing the public image of the Office, developing a communications structure and mechanisms with all relevant stakeholders, and managing the relationship with media. The Director of Communications will be the primary interface with the media and the Communications Director for the Health and Human Services Cabinet. This person will also be responsible for managing the OHS communications’ office and all its functions.
This position will be a close advisor to the Director of OHS.