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Public Safety Information Officer Iii

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$76,117.81 - $126,862.32 Annually
Closing date
Oct 14, 2023

Job Details

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The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader serving 1.2 million residents and providing services that promote population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents equitable access to health services and information. We invite you to apply to become a member of our thriving workforce, together making a difference in the health of our community!

In collaboration with subject matter experts in the public health fields, and countywide communications partners, this position:

  • Develops, implements, manages, and measures digital and health communications efforts.
  • Coordinates health communications content for the health department's website using Drupal and other tools.
  • Creates diverse social media content (videos, graphics, infographics) using Hootsuite, video software, and Adobe platforms.
  • Provides digital platform expertise and guidance to agency personnel.
  • Manages public health and safety communications training modules.
  • Maintains knowledge of health-related topics like social determinants, risk communication, and health literacy.
  • Collaborates with internal agency personnel, experts, and IT staff on web-based tools.
  • Establishes guidelines, policies, and communications content calendars.
  • Serves as a photographer, videographer, and content developer at events.
  • Supports emergency communications and handles media inquiries during health incidents.
  • Participates in agency-wide and program-specific public information efforts.
  • Ensures online information is plain language, 508 compliant, and accessible.
  • Acts as an on-call for public health incidents and supports the incident command team.
Position works under the supervision of the Director of Communications/Public Safety Information Officer IV.

Illustrative Duties

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;
Acts as official County spokesperson before representatives of print and/or broadcast media, handling the more sensitive and/or controversial issues;
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;
Supervises the office administration function that includes purchasing, personnel, and
administrative reporting and budget preparation;
May interact directly with the Board of Supervisors and County Executive's Office on behalf of the department.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of public safety area of expertise:
fire and safety, police, public health, emergency management;
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;
Knowledge of new media and its applications;
Knowledge of the department and operation of the County government and its departments and agencies;
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.

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 6 years of progressively responsible experience in supervision which includes 3 years as a media or communications professional or first responder communicator to include two years of social media experience.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
CPR within 60 days of hire
AED within 60 days of hire

  • Experience as a communications specialist, marketing and/or content developer for government or nonprofit organizations; specifically: expertise in developing, supporting, and maintaining digital communications platforms.
  • Experience in the fields of public health and/or public safety.

Job is generally sedentary in nature, and requires walking, standing, sitting (for long periods of time), and kneeling, reaching, bending, climbing stairs; may be required to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor; ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer; and touchscreen electronics. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with other verbally and in writing. Generally, works in an office environment yet may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting (e.g. healthcare facilities, warehouses, shelters) including outdoor settings in all-weather conditions and nighttime hours. Ability to drive a motor vehicle.. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a child protective services registry, and a driving records check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Panel interview, may include written exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

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.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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