Communications & Public Information Officer and Public Information Analyst

City of Vallejo, Vallejo, California

Date Posted October 02, 2019
Industry Government
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $88,225.93 - $127,525.07
Website http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/

Description:

The Communications and Public Information Officer will develop, implement, and manage strategic community outreach, media relations, and communications of citywide initiatives for external and internal audiences.  They will be responsible for maintaining cooperative working relationships and communication with the Mayor and City Council, department management, other City departments, the media, and the public. They will develop, implement, and oversee media strategies, marketing, and public affairs programs in accordance with the City of Vallejo’s goals and priorities and will be expected to research public opinion and emerging issues in order to provide advice to City staff and elected/appointed officials about communications, news media, and community implications and alternatives for decisions, policies, and programs.

Since emergency notification instructions and advisories are primarily the City’s responsibility, this position will be instrumental in disseminating emergency instructions and critical information to the public and to the media.

The incumbent in this position will be highly visible, with extensive public and media contact and will have considerable latitude for individual judgement and action within established guidelines. They will arrange, promote, and participate in public events sponsored by the City in an effort to strengthen and sustain the sense of community identity and will foster community engagement.

The ideal candidate for the position of Communications and Public Information Officer will have extensive knowledge and experience in public relations and public information as they pertain to public sector; possess highly effective communication skills, both written and verbal as well as interpersonal; is capable of utilizing applicable computer hardware and software applications, including graphic and web design programs and social media platforms; is able to understand, interpret, and simplify a variety of technical subjects; and is able to assess the political environment in order to make sound political decisions under pressure.

Successful candidates will have at least four years of increasingly responsible experience in journalism, public information, public relations, or related work including two years of administrative or management responsibilities and will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with major coursework in journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, or a related field.

 

The Public Information Analyst is a newly created role within the Vallejo Police Department. This position will report to the Chief of Police, but receives direction from the City-wide Communications and Public Information Officer. The Public Information Analyst will serve as a liaison between the Vallejo Police Department, the news media, and the public. They will be responsible for assisting the Vallejo Police Department with the organization, development, and dissemination of public information through website content as well as digital communications systems such as Nixle, and other public relations and social media platforms. They will collaborate with several bureaus and divisions of the Vallejo Police Department to coordinate and prepare presentations, briefings, talking points, and materials needed for key spokespeople within the Police Department. The Public Information Analyst will respond to media requests, issue news releases, crime alerts, and community bulletins in accordance with the policy standards and guidelines established by the Community and Public Information Officer and the Vallejo Police Department.

Keeping residents informed is a necessary initiative in the Vallejo Police Department’s efforts to cultivate and sustain the confidence of this community.

The ideal candidate for the position of Public Information Analyst will demonstrate broad knowledge of all aspects of the development and production of public information materials, effective public speaking, and the regulatory standards governing public safety or similar public service environment. They will possess outstanding written and oral communications skills with excellent command of grammar and ability to write, edit, and proofread for accuracy as well as strong development skills, with the ability to draft concise communications that convey intended voice and tone.

Successful candidates will have knowledge of the Public Safety environment and culture and will have the ability to work a flexible schedule should significant events that generate increased community or media attention arise outside of their scheduled hours. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with major coursework in journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, or a related field is highly desirable.

 

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