Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $99,756.80 Annually
Jun 18, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is seeking a Communications and Community Engagement Specialist to develop and implement communication and promotional strategies for the Department's various campaigns, initiatives, programs, events, engagement opportunities and activities. This position will primarily focus on collaborative efforts within the Department's Engagement Division to raise public awareness about community policing initiatives and promote participation in engagement opportunities.

As a member of ACPD's Media Relations and Public Affairs Office, the specialist will help ensure that the department continues to build strong community-based partnerships and effectively communicates to ensure the public's trust. This position reports to the Department's Public Information Officer and serves as the back-up Public Information Officer when the primary departmental spokesperson is unavailable.

Specific duties include:
  • Conceptualizing and producing compelling content for use across a variety of communications channels;
  • Creating, writing, editing, and publishing content for the public website, social media, and e-newsletters;
  • Designing, drafting, and editing communications materials including fact sheets, infographics, flyers, posters, talking points, FAQs, presentations, press releases, and supporting materials;
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholder groups, including diverse and under-represented communities to build strong police-community relationships and promote public safety;
  • Planning, developing, publicizing, and conducting community outreach and engagement opportunities;
  • Developing presentation strategies and assisting with the preparation of materials for public meetings;
  • Preparing and presenting written reports, verbal presentations, and other forms of communications tailoring the information to the needs and requests of different audiences; and
  • Serving as the back-up departmental spokesperson and participating in crisis communications activities including responding to active criminal incidents, providing media briefings, and responding to media inquiries.
The successful candidate will have the following:
  • Excellent communication and community engagement skills to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a broad variety of audiences;
  • Ability to think creatively and use a comprehensive understanding of communications strategies to promote the department and engage with the community;
  • Awareness of community trends, interests, and current events;
  • Strong time-management skills to balance workloads, meet deadlines, and coordinate efforts across a large organization; and
  • Ability to work on projects independently with minimal direction and contribute to a collaborative team environment.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Public Information, Journalism, Marketing, Criminal Justice or related field; and
  • At least 3 years of significant experience in the communications or public relations field, specifically in a community engagement and outreach environment.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's Degree in a related field may substitute for one year of experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Community engagement project planning, design, and construction;
  • Serving as a spokesperson and responding to media inquiries;
  • Composing web content, fact sheets, e-newsletters, social media, press releases, graphics, flyers, and digital and print presentations;
  • Using OpenCities, or similar website content management system; and/or
  • Formatting photos and graphics.

Special Requirements

Due to the sensitive nature of this position within the Police Department, candidates receiving consideration will be required to undergo a pre-employment polygraph examination and a character/background investigation conducted by the Police Department.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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