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Police Public Information Officer

Company: City of Oceanside
Location: Oceanside
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Introduction THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. The City of Oceanside is accepting applications for current and future vacancies for the position of Police Public Information Officer. There is currently one vacancy in the Police Department. This is a non-sworn professional position coordinating administrative work specializing in developing, implementing and administering public information and public education programs for the Police Department. Work in this classification is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on monitoring, managing and protecting the Police Department's positive public image in the press and on social media. Examples of Duties The Police Public Information Officer serves as the official spokesperson in external communications for the Police Department; prepares and disseminates information to the general public, media, outside agencies and community agencies and organizations through news conferences, phone calls, and social media; serves as a liaison between the Police Department and other governmental and non-governmental agencies and institutions and works to retain good relationships with all partnering agencies; develops a public information program for the Police Department and ensures appropriate and consistent information to the public; ensures the Police Department's public information programs are consistent with City policy and provides advice, training and assistance to the Police Department on resources, audio-visual techniques, and communications practices; takes proactive steps to notify media of developing or emergency responses situations; prepares and distributes informational and media releases, and other materials of a routine nature; maintains, updates, and monitors the department's official social media sites and platforms, including the Police Department's official web page; develops and maintains a current media contact list for local, state and national news outlets; monitors developments in the media that could adversely affect the image of the department or the City and reports such to management; conducts live and pre-recorded interviews for television, radio, and related social media based platforms, on a regular basis, for both breaking news and special features; develops and implements quality improvement programs by reviewing and analyzing data, system trends, and needs in an effort to ensure department excellence; monitors and evaluates expenditures, and makes budgetary recommendations; also evaluates past spending, anticipates future spending, and performs other related activities. participates as a member of the Police Department's management team to achieve the goals and objectives of the City and the department; performs related job duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications Knowledge of: * Principles and practices of information and marketing programs.* Principles and practices of coordinating a public information program.* Principles and techniques of journalistic writing and reporting.* The fundamentals of news writing, composition, layout and production.* News media sources and resources.* The principles and practices of public relations.* A variety of multi-media presentation formats.* Principles, practices, and procedures for marketing and communications, promotional activities, public relations, and public education for law enforcement agencies.* Departmental and City policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, and applicable Federal and State Laws, such as HIPPA and public records.* Emergency Communications systems and equipment. Ability to: * Write and edit news releases.* Gather and verify news information through interview, observation, and research.* Organize news materials and determine a story slant or emphasis.* Exercise judgment in the release of information.* Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.* Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during the course of work.* Plan and coordinate effective information management and public relations programs for the Police Department.* Determine appropriate opportunities to reach target audiences including, but not limited to, interactive, mass, target, and broadcast media, special events and trade shows.* Work with outside contractors and vendors such as public relations firms, advertising agencies, designers, videographers, and printers to develop promotional materials.* Develop and maintain a professional demeanor to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with employees, customers, the general public, the news media, and elected officials under emergency and non-emergency conditions.* Speak distinctly, and clearly and communicate effectively.* Understand and follow verbal and/or written directions.* Maintain composure and courtesy to deal effectively with the public, staff, and other agencies* Assist co-workers and the public in a professional and courteous manner.* Plan, organize, and complete all work assignments and ongoing activities with the appropriate initiative and within allotted time schedules.* Work evening and/or weekends for emergency communications as needed. Experience and Training Experience: Four years of experience as a Public Information Officer in the fields of marketing, public relations, or media. Public Safety experience as a Public Information Officer is highly desirable. Note: Photoshop, photo editing, video editing software experience is highly desirable. Social Media expertise is highly desirable. Training:Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in public relations, communication, journalism, marketing or a closely related field. License/Certificate:Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, an appropriate, valid driver's license. Working Conditions and Selection Process Environmental Conditions:Office and field environment; exposure to computer screens. Physical Conditions:Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting and standing for prolonged periods of time; speaking and hearing to exchange information; visual acuity to read and interpret information. Selection Process:All properly completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. The process may include any combination of a written exam, oral exam, and/or skills assessment to further evaluate job-related qualifications. Candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on an eligible list for a period of six months. Note: Prospective employeeswill undergo, and must successfully pass, a thorough background reference check (including fingerprinting) and a medical examination. Drug screening may be required. RESUMES ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS, BUT MAY BE ATTACHED. CANDIDATES WHO REQUIRE A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION IN THE SELECTION PROCESS SHOULD STATE THEIR NEEDS IN WRITING WHEN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. ANY PROVISION CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVOKED WITHOUT NOTICE.

Keywords: City of Oceanside, Oceanside , Police Public Information Officer, Other , Oceanside, California

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