Job Posting - Public Information Officer

Public Information Officer


Hourly: $30.14 - $45.24

Biweekly: $2,411.54 - $3,619.23
Annually: $62,700.00 - $94,100.00

OPENING DATE: 08/16/15

CLOSING DATE: 09/05/15 11:59 PM


The City has a unique opportunity for an experienced Public Information Officer to join its growing team! This position will serve in a dual role to support both City-wide and Police Department initiatives.  We are currently seeking a motivated, energetic, compassionate, and highly responsible professional to join our dedicated team of public servants.  We desire a professional that aligns themselves with our core values of accountability, change, teamwork, integrity, opportunity, and now!

The responsibilities of this position will include managing and coordinating all aspects of the City’s public communications activities and operations including preparing press releases, speaking to media personnel, and disseminating information in cases of major incidents or disasters. This position will also develop programs to increase knowledge and understanding of municipal relations through video marketing, community presentations, and social media.


The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive:

Manages, strategizes, crafts and frames appropriate messaging and communications during non- emergency, crisis and emergency events for City-wide emergency operations including Police Department. Messaging includes interview preparation and instruction to key personnel, preparing of press releases and other written or visual material. May also include coordinating the release of information with other government entities to ensure consistency of communication strategy and facts.

Delivers strategic and sound guidance on the intention of news media and areas of public concern or interest. Provides advice on news media relations and intergovernmental relations. Directs the research and analysis of communications, public relations trends and demographics in order to anticipate and interpret public opinion, attitudes, and issues that impact the operation and mission of the department.

Acts as spokesperson for the City by communicating the primary mission and goals, and develops comprehensive communications strategies and programs; Interacts with internal and external stakeholders in order to progress and sustain partnerships as well as create public awareness and implement media campaigns.

Guides and trains staff at all levels in developing written or oral presentations; handles emergency communication involving crisis or unforeseen circumstances requiring research, writing, editing and speaking; edits brochures, publications, correspondence and other materials for accuracy, clarity and compliance with department standards and policies; develops and approves advertising.

Manages special events such as forums, open houses, socials, programs and projects that result in positive communication and media coverage. Serves as single point of contact for external groups holding special or recurring events using City parks, streets etc.

Manages and oversees the City’s social media presence and communications, to ensure timeliness and correctness of information, in addition to responding to escalations. Ensure that accurate information is released in a timely fashion and released in a coordinated manner.

Cultivates, fosters, and maintains positive working relationships with managers, supervisors, employees, and other stakeholders to gain their cooperation and support in assigned projects/studies. Participates in various internal and external committee groups including the Emergency Management Team and law enforcement Joint Information Center.


Education Requirement - Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Administration, Media Relations or related field from an accredited university or college.

Experience Requirement – Four (4) years of professional level experience in a senior level position in public information and/or public relations. Government communication experience a plus. Experience with Law Enforcement Media relations is a plus.

Education and Experience Equivalency - A Master’s Degree may be substituted for one year of the minimum experience requirement. Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement.


Pre-Employment Requirements:
Verification of employment, required education and certifications will be completed. Drug screen required.

Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of application and as a condition of continued employment

Complete details available in the Member Services area of the 3CMA Website.

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