DEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Job Specifications

Class Code:

UU8

Analyst:

TC

Date Originated:

7/22

Date Revised:

 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

DEFINITION

Under general direction, plans, manages and coordinates community and media relations activities for a large complex County Department or the County Administrative Office; develops policies, standards, and guidelines for collection, review, and presentation of information to be communicated to the public and media; and performs other related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Positions in this class are located in County Departments where there is a high level of public interest in the services, operations, mission and objectives of the Department and its Divisions. Positions will, in consultation with Department leadership and the County Public Information Officer, determine the public communications strategy of the Department and coordinate with Department staff to execute that strategy. Objectives include, but are not limited to, increasing public awareness, understanding and utilization of existing and new Departmental services and objectives.

This classification is distinguished from the County Public Information Officer in that the latter directs the overall communications and public information activities for the entire County.

TYPICAL TASKS

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge:

Thorough knowledge of:

Working knowledge of:

Ability to:

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in public relations, communications, journalism, business, public administration, or related field.


AND


Two years of increasingly responsible experience in public affairs, community engagement, media relations, journalism, or a related field. Emergency Management and response experience is highly desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

License Requirements:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Other Special Requirements:

Availability to respond to emergencies as needed on a 24-hour basis, which may include evenings, weekends and/or holidays.

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None

Benefit Status: 11
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 85
Workers' Comp Code: 0053