Public Information Officer

Government of the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Washington, District of Columbia

Date Posted November 17, 2021
Industry Public Relations
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $120,000 to $140,000




Position Title:        Public Information Officer

Job ID:                   15031

Open To:               Public

Open Period:         November 17, 2021- November 27, 2021



The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) assists the Mayor in the coordination, planning, supervision, and execution of economic development efforts in the District of Columbia with the goal of creating and preserving affordable housing, creating jobs, and increasing tax revenue. DMPED pursues policies and programs that create strong neighborhoods, expand and diversify the local economy, and provide residents with pathways to the middle class. More information is available on the DMPED’s website at DMPED is seeking a Public Information Officer (PIO) for its Communications unit.


The Communications unit is responsible for leading communications efforts (media relations, community outreach, public engagement events and digital media) for DMPED. The incumbent of this position will serve in the role of Director of Communications and is responsible for the day-to-day communications and interaction with the public, press, stakeholders, business leaders and potential businesses -- both domestically and internationally; and the office's long-term strategic communications, including marketing and branding. Coordination between two roles requires positioning day-to-day activities in terms of the Deputy Mayor's larger goals and/or objectives. This position requires a professional, highly-motivated, detail and goal-oriented individual who possess demonstrated abilities and skills in the performance of high level internal and external communications, as well as public and media relations.


Position Description:

The PIO is the principal spokesperson for responses to all media inquiries received by DMPED, providing recognized authoritative advice to the Deputy Mayor and other District officials, as appropriate, regarding best approaches to public statements. Additionally, the PIO manages media events including press briefings for conferences, public meetings, economic development programs and projects pertaining to the agency.


Specific responsibilities include:



Salary: This position is a grade 15 on the District government’s career service salary scale. The salary ranges from $112,206 to $158,535. Actual salary is determined by a variety of factors, including: years of experience, applicant qualifications, internal equity comparisons, and agency organizational structure.

Application Process: This position is posted on the DC government’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website.  Interested applicants are encouraged to follow the steps below to apply for the position:


If you are having technical issues, please contact DCHR at (202) 442-9700