Public Information Officer

Management
Full-time
COUNTY OF VENTURA
Jessica.Ruiz@ventura.org
(805) 654-2419

Public Information Officer
County of Ventura, California                 
Salary: $104,241.66 - $145,952.63 Annually, plus benefits
 
Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees. The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."’
 
 The County Executive Office is seeking an individual who will direct and implement the County's communications strategy to inform and engage County of Ventura residents.  Under general direction of the County Executive Officer (CEO) or designee, manages a communications strategy which fosters public understanding and awareness of County goals, programs and services encompassing everything from health care, public safety, public works, social services, to airports and animal services. The position provides the public, media and County employees with accurate, timely and consistent information.
 
The position assists County agencies and departments which do not have a Public Information Officer and coordinates and provides support for those which do. The Public Information Officer will collaborate with interdepartmental management, build credibility within this complex organization and the diverse community that it serves. Dedication to transparency, inclusivity, diversity and strong ethics is paramount in this role. This is an "At-Will" position exempt from the Civil Service Ordinance.
 
The County is seeking a poised, professional and seasoned communicator having a strong customer service orientation with a diverse skill set to lead the County's communications team. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator to various audiences, including elected officials at all levels of government. The winning candidate has the ability to formulate and implement strategic plans for communications, marketing, outreach, and community relations that are in alignment with the County of Ventura's mission and goals.  The ideal candidate must have a positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and fast-paced environment, show initiative and adapt well to change; is organized, and detail oriented.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
Extensive experience in communications management in the public or private sector which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Examples of qualifying education and experience are:
 
-A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Administration, Business, or related field; and
-Five (5) years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, or the media managing the communication and information for a public or large complex private sector organization.
-Some experience in emergency information or crisis communications is highly desirable.
-Must possess a valid CA driver license. 
To learn more about this exciting opportunity you may click on this online brochure: https://tinyurl.com/y6ytnq79
 
To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, please send a resume, cover letter and answers to the supplemental questions.
 
Submit in one of the following ways:
 E-mail to:Jessica.Ruiz@ventura.org;
                          OR
Submit an on-line application and attachments (resume and cover letter) at www.ventura.org/jobs. 
Resumes, cover letters and responses to the supplemental questions will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this job bulletin.
 
For further information about this recruitment and to apply online, visit our website at http://www.ventura.org/jobs.   For additional inquiries, contact Jessica Ruiz by e-mail at Jessica.Ruiz@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2419.

First Review of Resumes: Friday, November 1, 2019
FILING DEADLINE:  This recruitment accepts resumes on a continuous basis until sufficient qualified resumes are received to meet business needs.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.