Digital Media Specialist (communications Specialist Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$58,451.95 - $97,420.54 Annually
May 04, 2019
May 18, 2019
Full Time
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Serves on the Communications team with primary responsibility for developing, implementing and managing the Health Department's digital communications across a variety of platforms, including but not limited to:
  • Public website, intranet, social media and digital signage displays.
  • Serves as webmaster for the agency and designs, edits, produces and/or presents content in various electronic formats for internal and external audiences.
  • Ensures digital content aligns with strategic communications and marketing goals.
  • Works closely with agency subject matter experts, web designers and county information technology staff to produce web and social media content that is timely, accurate and consistent with county policy and agency standards for style, format and accessibility.
  • Works with agency and county information and technology staff on development of web-based applications, collaborative work spaces and other online tools.
  • Researches best practices and performs usability testing to inform and improve digital communications efforts.
  • Analyzes web and social media metrics and produces reports as needed.
  • Develops general guidelines, policies, content calendars and recommendations for the use of web and social media tools.
  • Takes photos and video at events for communications and archival purposes.
  • Acts as a communications advisor to Health Department senior management and staff and provides trainings and presentations as necessary.
  • Supports emergency communications during public health emergencies by producing communications in various formats for internal and external audiences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to support the communication goals of the department.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, public administration, political science, or field related to a department's business, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in communication area of specialization or area of specialization of department represented.

Valid driver's license.

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

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative suite, web metrics tools and social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of SharePoint, HTML and web content management systems.
  • Substantial experience in writing, editing and designing print and online content for internal and external audiences.
  • Knowledge of principles, standards and best practices for online communications and social media.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write and edit for multimedia projects.
  • Familiarity with digital photography and video editing equipment.
  • Some knowledge of accessibility standards and 508 compliance.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Experience as a digital communications strategist and content developer for government or nonprofit clients.
  • Experience in public health.
Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, job entails walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor; ability to drive a vehicle. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Position must be able to communicate clearly and accurately with others verbally and in writing. Employee may be required to lift up or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Generally works in an office environment yet may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview, may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.

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