What does a Community Relations Director do?

Community relations managers sustain positive relationships with community members, nonprofit organizations, and fellow employees to cultivate favorable operating climates at a business or organization. They develop strategies designed to make positive contributions to a local area while simultaneously raising awareness for the services offered by their company. They operate in many industries, including nonprofits, healthcare, and government, and serve as a critical point of contact for individual residents, business leaders, or customers in a local area.

Community relations managers brainstorm, plan, and manage activities to help the organization achieve its public relations goals and execute events or programs closely aligned with corporate strategy. They support business goals by raising community awareness of available products or services and how to access them. They develop strong relationships with industries, communities, and media to ensure the organization produces significant results and maintains a positive image or increases outreach of initiatives and programs. Community relations managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in public relations, community organization, or related fields and one-to-five years of relevant experience.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Community Relations Director Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,255 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$40K
Median: $63K
$99K
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Community Relations Director Career Path

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CollaberaCollabera
Employee Relations Executive
Jul 24, 2021

“Qualified people should not fall into this pit of candy and look for better career options related to their fields.”

Centre for Arts and Technology
Community Relations Coordinator
Jun 12, 2019

“It is not a perfect place (no place is) but it is pretty wonderful.”

Steve Brown ApartmentsSteve Brown Apartments
Resident Relations Coordinator
Dec 23, 2020

“But I would not recommend banking on much of an increase in pay or bonuses.”

Educators for ExcellenceEducators for Excellence
Senior Outreach Director
Jul 28, 2021

“Local leaders are phenomenal and I have nothing but respect for chapter”

Hello Tomorrow
Startup Relations
Mar 23, 2021

“One of the best place to work and meet with the world changing technologies first hand”

Fedex ExpressFedex Express
Community Relations Specialist
Jan 19, 2020

“Fantastic benefits and good honest work at the entry level.”

Palmetto GBAPalmetto GBA
Outreach Worker
Oct 5, 2020

“People are nice and hey.”

GenentechGenentech
Corporate Relations Intern
Sep 13, 2021

“I had autonomy and many projects and felt comfortable making mistakes and getting help when I needed it.”

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