Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Summerville has hired its first Events and Media Coordinator, Town officials said last week.
Tiffany Norton, of Summerville, has been selected to fill the new position and will begin work March 17, according to Town Director of Administrative Services Lisa Wallace.
The Events and Media Coordinator will be responsible for managing events and creating a public communication program, which will include developing social media, managing the website and serving as the point of contact for the news media.
As outlined in the job description, the position requires a bachelor’s degree in public relations or a related field and five or more years of related work experience at a managerial level.
Wallace said Norton has a background in marketing, website design and social media.
The Town received 134 applicants for the position, she said, and selected nine to interview. Each interviewee was scored on displayed skills in event planning, social media, marketing and public relations.
The starting salary range is $42,228 - $50,673, depending on qualifications, according to the job description. The Town has budgeted $75,000 for the position – $50,000 in salary and $25,000 in benefits – since the 2013 budget.
Mayor Bill Collins announced at the Town budget retreat in August 2013 he wanted to pursue filling the position this year. The idea was met with support then, and now.
“It’s a position we’ve needed for a long time,” the mayor said. “We are ready to put her to work!”