Manager of Media Relations (DOT Executive III)


Manager of Media Relations
(DOT Executive III)

Open to all qualified candidates

Executive Service
This position serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority

** Applicants MUST apply directly online **
*** Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply *** 

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and creative candidate with a focus on delivering premier customer service to fill the position of Manager of Media Relations (DOT Executive III) in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  MDOT is an award-winning agency that has gained local and national recognition for delivering outstanding initiatives while serving Maryland’s travelers every day.
This position is located within the External Affairs Division, which is responsible for media relations, proactive communication and outreach, as well as legislative affairs.  This position is responsible for promoting the goals and initiatives of the administration by handling all media inquiries, and acting as a primary spokesperson for the MDOT MVA.
Responsibilities include:
  • Leads media relations activities, including fielding incoming press calls, providing media with requested information, scheduling interviews, prepping spokespeople for interviews, proactively developing relationships with media (including reporters, producers and editorial writers), and pitching story ideas.
  • Drafts, edits, and distributes high-quality media relations and other communications materials, including news releases and statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial memos, speeches, talking points, blog posts, website copy, and social media content.
  • Plans and executes events such as press conferences, media tours, media briefings, and editorial board meetings.
  • Gives technical advice and guidance to Administrator, Deputy Administrators, division, and program managers on public information and public relations matters.
  • Manages and provides professional development for the Social Media Coordinator.
  • Acts in place of Director of External Affairs when not present.
Ideal candidates will possess the following:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in media relations
  • Ability to interact with the media comfortably
  • Experience working within a state or other government agency, preferably involving interaction with the media
  • Experience in developing public and strategic messaging in a state agency environment
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects while adhering to deadlines
  • Ability to be on-call
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience speaking to the media; knowledge of Baltimore and Washington, DC media a plus
  • Bilingual fluency a plus


Preferred Qualifications:

Education: A bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, English, or a related field.  A master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: Six (6) years of media, writing, or communications experience. Two (2) years of this experience must have involved interaction with media on behalf of a government agency or business.

1.  Additional experience as stated above may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.
2.  Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for one year of the required general experience.
3.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policies, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.

Additional Information

Apply To:

Submit a DTS-1 application online at:
The application must be complete at the time of submission and must clearly describe the required work experience. Dates (month and year) must be stated. Resumes cannot be substituted for work history and education. Vague descriptions of experience will not be considered. Please include all relevant experience on your application. This includes, but is not limited to, full or part time, volunteer, military, acting capacity, or any other experience that is relevant to the position for which you are applying. Descriptions of duties that state “see resume” will negatively impact consideration for this position. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information. Applications submitted online must be received by 11:59 PM if a closing date applies. If you have general questions regarding employment opportunities with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), please call 410-787-7719. 

The MVA is not sponsoring new employees in application of the H-1B Visa at this time due to budgetary constraints. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. Federal regulations prohibit H-1B Visa candidates from paying sponsorship fees; all sponsorship fees must be assumed by the potential employer.

Applicants who have education obtained outside of the U.S. will be required to provide proof of the equivalent U.S. education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service, such as the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation (

The incumbent in this position will not be a member of a covered bargaining unit.

We are an equal opportunity employer. The MDOT MVA does not discriminate based on age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, or sexual orientation.

The State of Maryland is dedicated to a drug-free workplace, and as a result, employees are subject to the State’s Substance Abuse Policy to include possible drug testing. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.

Special Requirements: 
The selected candidate may be subject to background and reference checks. A conviction is not an automatic disqualification to employment. Erroneous, misleading, or fraudulent information on an application is sufficient grounds for rejection from the hiring process, removal from the list of eligible candidates, withdrawal of an offer for employment or immediate discharge.