Sunday , March 26 2023

City of Loveland Employment For Public Information Officer

Website City of Loveland

Job Description:

GENERAL PURPOSE: This is a professional staff position performing a full range of public relations/ strategic communications/ marketing duties. Collaboratively and strategically works to promote a positive image of the police department through traditional and social media. Responsible for responding to media partners in line with Department and city media strategy, as well as writing compelling content on police department issues, projects, and priorities. Prepares internal and external communications for print, radio, television, email, digital communications, social media, and video. Accomplishes communications and engagement needs aimed at a variety of audiences utilizing a variety of methods.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare LPD staff for media interviews.
  • Develops innovative strategies to expand positive communication and outreach with stakeholders, and track and monitor effectiveness of community engagement strategies.
  • Identify and proactively promote police stories to the media.
  • Create and maintain up to date media lists and manage routine outreach.
  • Execute deliverables independently while monitoring a strong team relationship.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with journalists on a local, state, and national level.
  • Provides on-camera interviews with news media after consultation or at the direction of the Chief of Police or designee.
  • Respond with urgency and accuracy to media and public inquiries in coordination with the Loveland Police Department, LPD Command Staff,
  • City of Loveland’s Office of Community Engagement team, and other departments; including timely, on-scene response, when warranted.
  • Address day-to-day requests from the media, city manager, city leadership, department director, and department management team.
  • Research, draft, and edit high-quality content including, but not limited to, news releases, media advisories, announcements, newsletters, internal communications, articles, statements, social media posts, and quotes for officials.
  • Consults with LPD command staff, or the investigating officer, to release information of public concern, crime prevention or requests for public assistance. Keeps command staff and city leadership promptly updated regarding coordination of information dissemination.
  • Work closely with the City of Loveland’s Office of Community Engagement team on joint projects and strategies.
  • Handle news monitoring processes; create reports and share relevant news with LPD Command Staff and city leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability and knowledge to prepare information for media using industry-accepted conventions.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and must be able to respond outside of regular work hours in emergency situations.
  • Oral communication skills sufficient to receive and accurately follow orders as well as communicate information to groups of varying size and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of City Departments, operations, processes, functions, and community needs as related to municipal government and policing.
  • Working knowledge of the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).
  • Ability to effectively edit written materials and make effective written and verbal presentations.
  • Work a majority of time without direct supervision.
  • Ability to listen to and understand the community needs and translate those needs to the department.
  • Ability to write in Associated Press style.
  • Ability to use computers and a variety of software application packages and working knowledge of all social media avenues (i.e. Facebook,
  • Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
  • Learn and apply technical terminology and information specifically related to law enforcement.
  • Uses desktop publishing techniques and software to help with production of various communications (i.e. Canva, Adobe, and video editing platforms).
  • Ability to shoot photos and live video images to enhance communication during emergency and special events.
  • Effectively and discreetly handle confidential information, multiple work assignments, and meet strict deadlines.

Job Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, broadcasting, video production, and/or directly related fields. Master’s Degree preferred. Government and/or police experience preferred
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in journalism, communications, and/or public information preferred.

Job Details:

Company:  City of Loveland

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Functions: Information Technology

Job Location: Erie, CO, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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