Senior Media Relations Representative


Tempe, AZ, US

Date:  Sep 18, 2023

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Under direction of manager of media relations, this role serves as official spokesperson for SRP on a wide variety of planned, unplanned and emergency issues when needed; proactively builds and maintains relationships with key media outlets, reporters and stakeholders; identifies and executes strategies on key initiatives and information to support customers and achieve organizational goals; fosters strong relationships with numerous SRP departments and leaders to ensure timely and accurate information. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops and executes media outreach strategies and crisis response in collaboration with Community, Communications and Marketing team, executive leadership and subject matter experts. 
  • Seeks opportunities to proactively share information with local and national media. 
  • Serves as an official spokesperson and liaison between SRP and news media on various issues.
  • Conducts media training and supports SRP subject matter experts during media interviews and presentations to external groups.
  • Prepares position statements, news releases, talking points and other media materials on SRP programs, products, services and policies. 
  • Responds to questions about SRP from news media, both during and after normal duty hours and on weekends and holidays as scheduled or required.
  • Initiates regular in-person contacts with local news media to maintain positive relationships.
  • Assists in monitoring, tracking and sharing media coverage.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.


Minimum 5 years of related experience in public relations and demonstrated experience working directly with media outlets.

Additional Information

Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred

Annual salary begins at $78,000 to $105+ depending on experience.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 16297


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

SRP is committed to maintaining a work environment that promotes the health, safety and well-being of our employees, visitors, customers, and the communities we serve. This commitment includes maintaining a work environment that is free from drugs and alcohol. Any candidate that tests positive for an illegal drug or unauthorized substance, including non-medical marijuana, during the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening will be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process. Although marijuana is legal in the state of Arizona, SRP abides by federal laws where it remains illegal.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.


Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix