Employer
City of Oceanside
Job Category
Work Schedule
Full-time
Job Closing Date
Job Open until Filled
Email
kdeleon@oceansideca.org
Phone
760-435-3506
Fax
760-435-6060
Job Description

THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


The City of Oceanside is accepting applications for the position of Police Media Relations Manager. There is currently one vacancy in the Police Department.

Prospective employees will undergo and must successfully pass a thorough police background investigation which include a psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and a medical examination which may include a drug screen.

 Examples of Duties:

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. 

Serve as the official spokesperson in external communications for the Police Department.

Develop, design, implement, and coordinate strategic communications plans to address department priorities, including developing and implementing corresponding public relations materials and campaigns. 

Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for providing public relations services; implement policies and procedures. 

Maintain media contacts and monitor news coverage of department events; contact media personnel to obtain coverage of department activities. 

Gather and compile information; maintain informational press files for matters of department interest; provide information after verifying that it can be released to the requesting party; conduct informational briefings as needed. 

Prepare correspondence, speeches and other materials; prepare news releases and disseminate new materials; assist with social media needs; prepare and maintain reports and records of activities. 

Monitor program performance; recommend and implement modifications to systems and procedures. 

Serve as public relations liaison for an assigned area with the news media, public and other government agencies. 

Respond to and resolve difficult, sensitive, or complex complaints from the public. 

Plan and arrange public education and awareness programs; write, edit and format newsletters and articles for internal and external distribution. 

Monitor program compliance with laws, rules and regulations related to provision of public communications services. 

Participate in professional organizations and keep abreast of new developments in the field of public communications; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs. 

Provide staff assistance to appropriate department heads or other City management. 

Perform related duties as required.
 

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a public relations or communications program.
  • Principles and practices of copy writing, editing, video production, news gathering and journalism.
  • Techniques and practices of organizing and coordinating programs, activities and special events.
  • Techniques of speech writing and delivering.
  • Extensive knowledge of City government including assisting the Fire and Police Departments with their communication needs. 
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation. 
  • Operations of a public relations or communications function.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. 
  • Crisis communications best practices.


Ability to:

  • Coordinate and direct public relations programs. 
  • Recommend and implement goals and objectives for providing public relations services.
  • Interpret and explain department and City policies and procedures. 
  • Edit and organize information into an appropriate format for presentation.
  • Appear before City officials, departments, media and community groups to present materials dealing with City activities. 
  • Serve as public relations liaison with the news media, public and other government agencies. 
  • Retain presence of mind in emergency situations.
  • Work without direct supervision, exercising independent judgment and personal initiative. 
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Perform responsible professional work in a high-profile position dealing with topics under intense public and media scrutiny and respond rapidly and appropriately as needed. 
  • Write, edit and format newsletters and articles.
  • Work in a teamwork environment to achieve common goals.
  • Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 


Experience:  Four years of increasingly responsible experience in public relations, marketing, journalism, communications, media coverage or related field. 

Note: Public Safety experience as a Public Information Officer is highly desirable. 

Training:  A Bachelor's degree from and accredited college or university is required with major course work in public relations, communications, journalism, public administration, business administration or a 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:  Work is performed in an office and field setting with some travel to attend meetings, interact with media at incident sites; occasional work in inclement weather and in an emergency environment; irregular work hours; extensive public contact; exposure to computer screens and other media equipment.

Physical Conditions:  Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; operate media equipment; and to verbally communicate to exchange 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 interview, and/or skills assessment to further evaluate job related qualifications. Candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on an Eligibility List and will remain eligible for employment consideration for a minimum of six months.  

Note: Prospective employees will undergo and must successfully pass a thorough police background investigation which may include a psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and a medical examination which may include a drug screen.

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 PACKAGE.

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.