Public Information Specialist

Riverside County, Riverside, California

Date PostedMarch 14, 2019
IndustryDigital Media
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$49,054.00-$77,332.00
Websitehttps://jobs.co.riverside.ca.us
Description:

THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE HAS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR
PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST (BILINGUAL)

The County of Riverside, Executive Office is currently recruiting for a Public Information Specialist. As a member of the Executive Office's communications team, the Information Specialist will be tasked with effective execution of the County's communication and media programs. This includes responding to media and other information inquiries, developing content, and implementing public relations strategies. The Information Specialist will also assist in developing and maintaining the County's central online presence through social media and other digital platforms, and will work with diverse County agencies to help tell their stories.

The work is dynamic and challenging. Competitive candidates will have strong skills in graphic/digital design and content development, including English/Spanish writing and editing skills. Candidates for this position must be confident and strategic media professionals with a sharp news instinct and fluency across digital media platforms.

In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity, the County of Riverside offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package, and actively promotes a healthy work/life balance. Benefits include: more than 5 weeks of paid annual leave, a CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, medical flex benefit of $823 monthly, paid vision, long-term disability, life insurance, deferred compensation (401a) contributions, and 12 paid holidays a year.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The County Executive Office provides direct supervision over all appointed county department heads and budget/administrative review over all departments. The Executive Office also directs and coordinates staff to ensure vigorous pursuit of Board goals and objectives, and implementation of Board-approved programs in an effective and efficient manner. The office also offers suggestions for Board consideration about developing and revising policies on county financial and operational procedures.

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Riverside County offers diversity that few locations can match. With a variety of job opportunities with the County, there are as many places to take your career as there are stars in our sky. But there is more than a great vocation to draw you here: with affordable housing, a thriving, diverse, and progressive community, excellent higher education, and the hidden gem of the Joshua Tree National Park, the opportunities for your life here are equally exciting. Come work in the heart of inland California, and see how great the view is when opportunity is on the horizon.

The County of Riverside has a wide variety of complex and engaging careers, requiring talented and collaborative professionals. 

To find out more about the County of Riverside, please click here.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Establish and maintain regular contacts with the press, community groups, and government officials to meet the organization's public information, awareness, and education needs.

Develop and determine effectiveness of distribution and outreach media plan; make recommendations for modifications as required.

Write feature articles and press releases on organization's activities, services, programs, and functions; prepare pamphlets and brochures.

Coordinate release distribution to the media; organize and arrange public information campaigns and press conferences.

Plan, coordinate, and implement specialized public information and education programs pursuant to government regulations; determine program goals.

Locate and utilize existing resources available for special public information programs; write Requests for Proposals to secure funding for specialized public information and education programs.

Assist in preparing the program's budget; monitor program expenditures; initiate and answer correspondence related to public inquiries and citizens' problems and complaints.

Perform public speaking activities; write scripts, slide shows, and other presentations; coordinate activities with audio visual specialists, graphic artists, or other related staff.

Provide writing support to the organization; coordinate and edit the organization's newsletter; may monitor the work of consultants; may supervise volunteer staff.

RECRUITING GUIDELINES:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, public relations, public/business administration, or a closely related field. 

Experience: Two years of full-time experience developing and writing printed materials and/or press releases for use in print and electronic media; or in public or community relations which included the dissemination of information to internal and/or external audiences through various communications media. Candidates with Spanish Bilingual multi-media experience are highly desired.

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of employment. 

Knowledge of: Methods of planning, coordinating, and implementing an effective public information program; methods and techniques used in planning press conferences; techniques in developing and producing audio-visual presentations; styles and techniques in speech writing.

Ability to: Complete assignments within strict time constraints; evaluate and apply government regulations to program planning; maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; establish and maintain effective working relations with staff, public, and representatives from outside agencies; coordinate public information and education programs with other jurisdictions; coordinate the activities of audio-visual specialists, graphic artists, or other specialists in preparing public information medium; recognize problems and develop effective solutions; act independently in converting complex technical information into a meaningful and applicable format for the targeted audience.

Applicants must submit a detailed resume clearly describing relevant public information work experience. Competitive candidates may be required to successfully pass a Spanish Bilingual assessment prior to being certified for an interview. Submission of work portfolio which includes sample work written in Spanish may also be required prior to interview.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION USING THE COUNTY WEBSITE 

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THIS POSTING IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO CLOSE ON
Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. 
Based on the number of applications this posting may close or extend without notice. 
 


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