Posting Start Date: August 23, 2022
Posting End Date: September 6, 2022
Position Number: 80001304
Union: Non-Union
FLSA Status: Salaried Exempt
Department: Communications & Customer Experience – Western PA Region
Salary Grade: E-14
Salary Range: $58,269.43 – $87,404.15
Employment Type: Full Time
Reporting Location*: Central Office, Western Regional Office
Reporting Building Street: South Eisenhower Boulevard, North Center Avenue
Reporting Building City: Middletown, New Stanton
Reporting Building State: Pennsylvania
Reporting Building Zip Code: 17057, 15672
Work Schedule: Flexible Work Options

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, opened on October 1, 1940, is known as “America’s First Superhighway”!  Our mission is to operate a safe, reliable, customer-valued toll road system that supports national mobility and commerce.  The PTC operates a 552-mile system used by 192 million vehicles a year.  Together, we are building the highway of the future.

The Commission values its team members and understands the importance of work/life balance to the health, well-being and productivity of its team.  Therefore, this position may be eligible for Flexible Work Options* such as:

  • Hybrid Work – combination of remote and in-person reporting
  • Alternate Work Schedule – flexibility to adjust work schedule length to complete work week in fewer days
  • Staggered Work Hours – flexibility to choose from a variety of start/end times

*Some options may require completion of probationary period.  The Commission requires all employees to establish PA residency within 6 months of hire and to maintain PA residency, regardless of Flexible Work Options.


*This position may report to one of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s offices: Central Office Building (Middletown) or Western Regional Office (New Stanton).

Job Purpose and Summary

This position is responsible for administering, planning, and implementing public information and outreach efforts, news conferences, public meetings, and special events for an assigned region of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) to enhance the agility and effectiveness of strategic communications efforts. Work requires having a good understanding of the assigned region’s media environment and transportation infrastructure. Work is performed with independence, but subject to review by a professional superior for program effectiveness and conformance with established goals, objectives, and policies.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Administers and works to develop/enhance a strategic communications roadmap to integrate and align the communications approach.

Coordinates the PTC’s media inquiry process to ensure accurate and timely responses and ensures awareness among PTC executives.

Serves as the region’s primary spokesperson for regional media interviews, news briefings, and transportation industry events. Acts as a communications advisor regarding regional roadway and engineering projects.

Researches, develops, and distributes travel advisories about construction and maintenance activities. Provides crisis communication/response for roadway incidents and accidents. Coordinates on-scene news conferences and interviews.

Develops and distributes various diverse and inclusive written internal and external communications such as press releases, newsletters, speeches, customer correspondence, social content, and other related materials.

Assists in the development of photo/video productions and/or web content.

Serves as the point-of-contact with PennDOT’s district press office. Coordinates with their communications staff regarding relevant projects and joint endeavors.

Attends and plans internal/external meetings, events, and programs to provide subject matter expertise, feedback, and recommendations. Assists in developing presentations for internal/external events.

Uses situational awareness to anticipate and prevent accidents.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or a closely related field. Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted.

Four (4) years of experience in journalism, communications, or public relations. Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted.

Possession of a valid driver’s license. Must obtain and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license within six (6) months of employment.


Attention to Detail
Communication Proficiency
Decision Making and Independent Judgment
Delegation Skills
Presentation Skills
Problem Solving/Analysis
Project Management
Strategic Thinking/Planning
Time Management

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Position demands include frequent speaking, writing, and reading reports. Position requires frequent work at a computer utilizing business programs and PTC specific operating systems. Position requires frequent travel and/or fieldwork with exposure to roadway traffic. Occasionally works outside of normal business hours for assigned work assignments.

Office environment with low levels of noise, adequate lighting, and comfortable temperature. Field environment may include exposure to moderately adverse and undesirable conditions. Physical environment is generally safe, but safety equipment or precautions must be followed in field conditions.

Apply Today

Interested candidates must apply to the Media Communications Specialist posting by visiting by September 6, 2022.


The information provided in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent(s) within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of the employee(s) assigned to this job. Management has the discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department by calling 717-831-7378.