Job Opening: Public Information Officer, City of Fort Myers
Salary
$39,998.40 – $60,486.40 Annually
Location
Fort Myers, FL
Job Type
Full-Time
Department
Police Department
Job Number
19-250
Closing
1/5/2020 11:59 PM Eastern
FLSA
Non-Exempt
Description
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt          Safety Sensitive: YES          Level II Screening: NO
Under the general direction of the Police Chief, the incumbent is the Police Department’s chief spokesperson and is responsible for coordinating the department’s media relations and disseminating information to the community. Must maintain an effective relationship with the news media and public by embracing the use of social media, and press releases, to enhance communication, collaboration, and exchange information in a streamlined fashion.. No supervisory responsibilities.

Responsibilities and Reporting During an Emergency Situation:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. Depending on the nature of the emergency, this may require working around the clock for several days on short notice.
Non Essential Employees will not be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee’s Department Head will determine when the employee will be required to work.

DEPENDING ON THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS
THE POSTING MAY CLOSE PRIOR TO THE STATED DATE
Duties/Responsibilities
  • Media relations; building effective relationship, answering media questions conducting and coordinating interviews. Disseminate information to the community; correspondence, written and verbal communication, publications and other public relations and marketing projects.
  • Maintain Police Department website.
  • Create and maintain effective working relationships with all media outlets, answering questions in a timely, articulate, accurate and professional manner.
  • Represents the Police Department at meetings and/or events and perform public appearances on behalf of the Police Chief, as requested.
  • Maintain all Police Department social media accounts including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Maintains high proficiency in social media utilization, management and administration. Keep up to date on changes and trends as advances in technology will occur and new tools will emerge.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement strategies to deal with potential public relations and media crisis
  • Promote an effective relationship between the police department and the community.
  • Prepare and submit a monthly report of media relations.
  • Prepare and submit the department’s Annual Report.
  • May require driving to accomplish assigned tasks
  • Thispositionrequiresregularandreliableattendanceandtheemployee’sphysicalpresenceat the workplace
  • Must be available on an on-call capacity to respond to high profile incidents
  • Assigned to Emergency Operations Center as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.
  • Skilled in social media and ability to administer and engage online audience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to operate necessary equipment, including personal computer, mainframe terminal, calculator, copier, facsimile machine, cell phone, cell phone cameras, breakout boxes, editing software and other standard office equipment.
  • Ability to gather, compile, analyze, edit and interpret data
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
Minimum Requirements
  • Associates degree in Public Relations, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Marketing, Communications, Mass Media, Journalism or related field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent related work experience.
  • Three years’ experience in public relations, marketing, journalism, criminal justice or related work and/or training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Marketing, Communications, Mass Media, Journalism or related field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent related work experience
  • Prior involvement in law enforcement, or general workable knowledge of law enforcement functions and terminology
  • Bi-lingual to include fluency in Spanish
  • Working knowledge of general law enforcement terminology
Supplemental Information
This work typically requires the following physical activities to be performed.

  • Balancing – maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching.
  • Climbing – ascending, descending ladders, stairs, ramps, requires body agility.
  • Crawling – moving about on hands, knees, or hands, feet.
  • Crouching – bending body forward by bending leg, spine.
  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Fingering – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Pushing – use upper extremities to press against objects with force, or thrust forward, downward, outward.
  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
  • Standing – for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping – bending body downward, forward at waist, with full motion of lower extremities and back.
  • Talking 1- expressing ideas by spoken word
  • Talking 2 – shouting to be heard above ambient noise.
  • Visual Acuity 1 – prepare, analyze data, transcribing, computer terminal, extensive reading.
  • Visual Acuity 2 – color, depth perception, field of vision.
  • Visual Acuity 3 – determine accuracy, neatness, observe facilities/structures.
  • Visual Acuity 4 – operate motor vehicles/heavy equipment.
  • Visual Acuity 5 -close acuity for inspection of small defects, machines, use measurement devices, or fabricate parts.
  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Pulling – use upper extremities to exert force, haul or tug.
  • Walking – on foot to accomplish tasks, long distances, or site to site.
Work performed is primarily:
  • Heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects
WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Works in an office environment and sits for long periods of time
  • May be required to work hours other than the regular schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions described herein.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.
Job Opening: Public Information Officer, City of Fort Myers