Public Information Officer
The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Florida invites applicants to apply for the position of Public Information Officer.
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
Facilitates the timely and accurate flow of information to the news media and the public and ensures that sensitive and confidential information is maintained.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES:
• At least 18 years of age
• U.S. Citizen or possess a current permanent resident card
• Clean criminal history; any arrest history will be individually evaluated.
• No illegal drug usage within the past two years, all other usage will be evaluated on an individual basis.
• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field; and three (3) years related public information experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must have valid Florida driver’s license. Must attend and successfully complete the agency sponsored Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations (LEVO) Training if assignment includes driving agency vehicle. Use of agency vehicle would require appropriate driving history and passing agency biennial driver’s physical exam.
• Ability to provide TV/Radio/newspaper interviews with local, state, national, and international news media.
• Ability to act as a liaison between agency personnel and the press; relay the agency’s mission, policies, and history appropriately.
• Ability to respond to crime/critical incident scenes.
• Ability to manage the coordination of press conferences.
• Ability to write, edit, and produce the annual report; write and distribute press releases and feature articles; construct public service announcements; and capture photographs for agency publications and special events when required.
• Ability to oversee the agency’s social media content and maintain associated sites to maximize community outreach.
• Ability to provide instruction/training to agency personnel on strategic communications.
• Ability to research issues and write speeches for Sheriff when necessary.
• Ability to ensure media files and records of all media releases are maintained appropriately.
• Must have knowledge of dealing with news media during critical incidents and law enforcement agency operations.
• Must have the ability to understand, express, apply, and demonstrate thorough knowledge of Florida's public record law, as well as Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures.
• Must have the ability to thoroughly research information with the ability to advise upper management of media trends and potential problem areas before they arise.
• Must possess great attention to detail with strong writing and editing skills, including excellent grammar and punctuation skills.
• Must have good interpersonal, communication, and community relations skills.
• Must be able to maintain a confident, professional demeanor when dealing with the press; must be prepared, well-organized, and focused.
• Must have the ability to work well under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
• Must have computer skills to include word processing and spreadsheet applications and the ability to use desktop publishing software.
• Must be able to comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English.
• Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
• Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.
• Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, media, citizens, public groups, and/or elected officials.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• Work is generally performed in a standard office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be willing to work flexible hours. Depending on assignment may be required to work holidays, evenings, midnights, and/or weekends. Must be available for twenty-four (24) hour call out for related incidents.
• Applicants with body ornamentation (tattoos) shall not have any visible body ornamentation on the head, face, and neck area, which includes the visible skin while wearing a collared uniform shirt with an unbuttoned top button. Employees shall not have any visible body ornamentation located on the hands which is defined as the area from wrist to fingertips; however, a tattoo simulating a wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand will not be considered excessive as described herein. Applicants are encouraged to read the agency body ornamentation policy before applying.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES
• Experience in dealing with the news media in live and/or recorded interview situations preferred.
SALARY: $52,228 – $67,912 (depending on years of experience and level of education)
This posting is for the Orange County Sheriff's Office located in Orlando, Florida.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is a Veteran Friendly, Equal Opportunity Employer.
In order to be considered for this position, you MUST complete your online application on that website. Please visit our website www.ocso.com and review the job requirements listed in the "Civilian Positions” section under "Careers".
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