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AECOM Public Relations Manager in San Diego, California

Company Description

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At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of over 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM  is seeking a talented and highly motivated Public Relations Manager to support a significant utility program for a key client in our Southern California-based Energy business line.

The successful candidate should be a highly experienced, dynamic, self-directed individual. The candidate will need strong technical, organizational and communication skills to ensure projects meet communications objectives. This is a multifaceted role that will be responsible for directing internal and external communications efforts for a long-term, high-profile program. The successful candidate will be an expert communications strategist that will serve in a core functional role for the program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide manager-level oversight of internal and external communications teams on a large, complex energy program

  • Manage public engagement and communications employees in developing and administering internal (e.g., employees, subcontractors) and external (e.g., agency, tribal, community) stakeholder outreach and communications programs

  • Responsible for ensuring client satisfaction with communications and community outreach services

  • Oversee communications team’s efforts to ensure successful implementation and development of events, print and graphic materials, and program messaging as scoped, providing direction as needed

  • Serve as liaison to internal and external leadership and executive committee on extensive communications program

  • Serve as liaison between technical and communications teams to ensure consistent messaging to the public and key stakeholders

  • Lead implementation of select stakeholder engagement and communication strategies, including meeting organization and facilitation

  • Identify opportunities to cultivate client relationships and expand our service offerings

  • Oversee contract administration

  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, development, and retention of staff. Includes but not limited to development of plan for staff reporting, performance and compensation reviews, and succession planning.


AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to energy engineering, energy procurement and construction (EPC) for power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in communications, english, marketing, planning, public relations, or a related discipline with minimum of 12 years of relevant experience, including 4 years of leadership experience

  • Experience providing consultant services to municipalities and/or utilities for communications and community outreach programs

  • Experience planning and executing strategic communications programs

  • As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a drug screening.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15 years of relevant experience

  • Director-level experience with strategic communications programs in San Diego County

  • Direct experience serving as lead facilitator in contentious community meetings

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in public and stakeholder engagement

  • Experience in relevant areas such as utility programs, renewable energy, capital projects, decarbonization, and/or sustainability

  • Spanish language capabilities is a plus

  • Familiarity with San Diego region and local entitites

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $150,000.00 - $170,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10111222

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Marketing & Communications

Work Location Model: Hybrid