Director Of Public Affairs (ps Information Officer Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$81,571.98 - $135,952.96 Annually
May 21, 2022
Jun 04, 2022
Full Time
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Works as an experienced public safety information/media relations professional for the police department . D uties include:
  • Provides overall direction and guidance to the department's public affairs program, including leadership, with external communications efforts.
  • Serves as direct liaison with Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs and manages a team who is highly engaged in outreach efforts via social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Word Press, and Instagram.
  • Consults with the chief of police, deputy chiefs of police, and other members of the department as appropriate regarding the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to same.
  • Also, serves as the department's principal advisor on such matters. Coordinates and/or conducts training in media relations and public affairs tasks for members of the department. Provides oversight and guidance to the operation of the crime solvers program and overall community/media information release efforts.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Serves on 24-hour call, with responsibility for notifying County officials of significant incidents;
  • Makes decisions under pressure and deadlines regarding information that may be released to the media;
  • Coordinates and provides information regarding emergency incidents and other sensitive matters to the news media;
  • Plans, directs, and executes publicity campaigns designed to inform citizens about various county programs, events or legislation;
  • Supervises the work of subordinates engaged, in public information activities;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with members of the media;
  • Responds to requests for information regarding agency/County programs;
  • Provides assistance to agency/County staff as to the most effective means of communicating information to the general public, government employees, and other target groups;
  • May interact directly with the Board of Supervisors and County Executive's Office on behalf of the department;
  • Provides strategic communication leadership for the department/division.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of public safety area of expertise: fire and safety, police, public health, emergency management;
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of public affairs work;
  • Ability to write clear, concise and effective informational material and skill in editing written material;
  • Detailed knowledge of the requirements of the media regarding content, format, and timing of official releases;
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of public administration and public relations as applied to public safety issues and local government operations;
  • Ability to plan and execute photographic coverage of complex events;
  • Ability to adapt broadly defined policy guidance to specific situations with a minimal amount of supervision;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to participate in meaningful interchange of views on matters of critical importance to the County;
  • Ability to plan and review the work of others;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, the press, and County employees;
  • Ability to speak extemporaneously on a broad variety of County-related issues and occurrences;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with County government;
  • officials and representatives of the media;
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the National Incident Management System.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, public relations or related field or field of public safety specialization (fire, police, health, safety), plus at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in management and supervision which includes 5 years as a media or communications professional or first responder communicator to include four years of social media experience.

  • Strong media or public safety communications relations knowledge combined with leadership and management experience.
  • Experience implementing and sustaining social media platforms to engage with the community.
  • Experience supervising a team of communicators and ability to manage and facilitate team processes and discussions.
  • Experience in understanding both technical and business components of strategic communications including media relations, both day-to-day operations and during emergency situations.
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders.

Driver's license (required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work requires ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and operate a county vehicle. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.