Communications Manager (APD)

Alexandria, VA
$82,381.52 - $144,975.48 Annually
Sep 18, 2023
Oct 23, 2023
Full Time
Communications Manager (Alexandria Police Department)


The City of Alexandria’s Office of Communications and Public Information, in coordination with the Alexandria Police Department, is seeking an experienced and proactive Communications Manager. This new role within the City will focus on the development and dissemination of critical and engaging content for media outlets, as well as our community members.

Under the functional oversight of the Director of Communications and Public Information while embedded within the Police Department, the Communications Manager will serve as the public information manager for the Alexandria Police Department. They will serve as a point of contact for the City’s police department, assist the Chief of Police in the development of a comprehensive communications strategy for the Department, direct and coordinate media relations, and support community outreach.

Illustrative Examples of Work:
  • Develop strategies and policies that guide the effective distribution of information to media outlets and the diverse Alexandria community across various engagement platforms.
  • Serve as the primary public information/public relations advisor to the Police Department
  • On-call 24/7 to respond major incidents, and attend meetings and collect pertinent information for reports and media releases
  • Prepare and support sworn officers to serve as media spokespersons in response to incidents and ongoing efforts of Department.
  • Coordinate with City departments, agencies, and partner jurisdictions to align objectives and approach for unified response.
  • Draft and navigate the proper channels to disseminate approved information to media outlets and appropriate stakeholders.
  • Identify creative opportunities to engage community members through Department resources, services, and special events.
  • Manage special projects that require strategic communications and community outreach.
  • Provide expert counsel to senior management, professional colleagues and City Council members on communications strategy, messaging, and planning.
  • Demonstrate accuracy, diplomacy, discernment, and effectiveness when developing and implementing public information and communications strategies for the news media, community members, and employees.
  • Others duties as assigned.

About the Department

The Office of Communications and Public Information fosters open, accountable, and effective government by developing, coordinating and delivering meaningful and responsive communications for the community and for City employees. If you are interested in learning more about the Alexandria City government click here , or for a broader view of the City of Alexandria click here .

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, Marketing, Communications, or a closely related field. Five (5) years of experience in communications, media, public relations, or public information; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Seven (7) years of experience in communications, media or public relations; previous experience in public safety and bilingual preferred.