County Public Information Officer (PIO)

County of Riverside - Riverside, CA3.9

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The County of Riverside Executive Office offers a dynamic and innovative work environment. The Office is responsible for the proper and efficient administration of County departments, agencies, and special districts under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors. It administers and enforces policies established by the Board and promulgates rules and regulations as necessary to implement Board direction. The Department represents the County in intergovernmental relationships and activities, and coordinates with other local government agencies. It is the Executive Office's responsibility to review items placed on the agenda and develop programs that create economy and efficiency in County government. The Department also prepares multi-year plans for capital projects, administers debt and information management, prepares the annual proposed budget for the Board's approval, and establishes control systems to ensure departmental compliance with approved budgets. Additional responsibilities include managing the County's legislative program, and serving as a liaison with county legislators and state and federal officials.

The County of Riverside Executive Office is currently recruiting for a County Public Information Officer (PIO). The PIO will serve as a primary media spokesperson for the County and will develop and direct a comprehensive Countywide public information and public relations program. The PIO will be both proactive and responsive in developing stories and press releases of public interest, and in responding to news media and public information requests. The selected candidate will collaborate and build strategic partnerships with County leadership, department stakeholders, and other public information staff in order to facilitate the appropriate and effective execution of the County's information programs. This includes developing media, information management, and public relations strategies, and ensuring County compliance with the California Public Records Act. The PIO will also manage the County's central online presence through social media and other digital platforms, and will work with department representatives in the effective utilization of electronic media. Additionally, the PIO will play a key support role by providing tactical direction to County Departments with regards to public relations issues, and working strategically with stakeholders to promote public awareness on a broad range of County activities and initiatives. The successful candidate for the PIO position will have strong public information/journalism experience that includes the development, editing, and dissemination of public information for mass media distribution. Candidates for this position must be confident and strategic media professionals with excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. The PIO should be a highly talented editor with the ability to distill information into engaging content, and will have demonstrable journalism experience, and/or experience responding to the press or public on complex issues. Candidates who possess a thorough understanding of the achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, and programs of the County are highly desired, as are those who are bilingual in Spanish. In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity, the County of Riverside offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package, and actively promotes a healthy work/life balance. Benefits include: more than 5 weeks of paid annual leave, a CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, medical flex benefit of $823 monthly, paid vision, long-term disability, life insurance, deferred compensation (401a) contributions, and 12 paid holidays a year. This class has been designated At-Will by the Board of Supervisors, in accordance with the provisions provided under Article 6, Section 601E (2) of the County Management Resolution and serves at the pleasure of the County Executive Officer. This class has been deemed eligible for the Performance Recognition Plan as set forth under Article 3, Section 311(B) of the County Management Resolution.
Act as a primary media spokesperson for the County before the news media, individuals making inquiries about County activities, and public groups; establish a comprehensive Countywide public information program; maintain a speaker's bureau on various County services and programs. Take proactive and responsive steps in developing media stories and press releases in areas of public interest, and respond to news media and public information requests; work with public information staff in order to facilitate the appropriate and effective execution of the County's information programs. Prepare, edit, and submit public information releases to newspapers, television stations, radio stations, and other news media and online platforms both external and internal to the County of Riverside. Work collaboratively with department stakeholders to develop media strategies to promote public awareness of County programs and initiatives; serve as a liaison and representative for the County with other jurisdictions, outside agencies, and elected officials. Attend the meetings of the Board of Supervisors and other County management committees; advise staff regarding appropriate informational procedures, significant actions, and newsworthy events occurring within the County government; advise the Board of Supervisors, the Executive Office, and department heads regarding how actions by County government will be perceived by members of the community and by the media. Study the public's knowledge and interests in various activities, services, and objectives of County government; coordinate the activities of the County's public information and public outreach programs to meet the specific needs. Manage the County's central online presence through social media and other digital platforms and work with department representatives to develop modern electronic media strategies; oversee County staff officially authorized to use social media for County purposes; convene meetings, provide training, foster discussion/communication and develop recommendations about best practices by group members in the use of social media platforms. Collect information for public records request responses and work with appropriate County departments to respond appropriately and timely to requests in compliance with the California Public Records Act. Establish, maintain, and foster effective working relationships with members of the news media, County departments, outside organizations, and applicable vendors or service providers. Arrange tours of County facilities for students, visiting officials, and community groups. Prepare pamphlets and brochures about County activities and programs.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, English, communications, or a related field. Experience: Four years of experience in journalism, public relations, or the media, which included the writing of news and feature articles for various communication media, or the writing and placing of news releases and providing information to the public in the capacity of an organization's public relations spokesperson. Candidates with considerable journalism experience are highly desired. Knowledge of: English grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, and the principles of effective written communications; methods of planning and implementing an effective public information program; writing, editing, publishing procedures and media requirements for information; styles and techniques in developing and producing audiovisual presentations; advertising techniques; basic marketing concepts and practices; graphic display techniques. Ability to: Establish and maintain good working relationships with departmental and media representatives, community organizations, and volunteers; plan, organize and establish goals, objectives and priorities; produce accurate information; adhere to deadlines and short time constraints; evaluate program effectiveness; establish and maintain effective interpersonal communication; maintain productive liaison between the news media and the County departments; compose news releases and feature articles; develop brochures and pamphlets; maintain confidentiality of sensitive information; make oral presentations; communicate information clearly; assess the need for, gather and disseminate information; understand subject matter and processes related to County departments.
All applicants must include a detailed resume with relevant work history. Competitive candidates may be required to submit writing or other work samples.

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License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at the time of employment.
For specific questions regarding this position, contact the recruiter listed. Benefits and detailed job description information is available for all Riverside County classifications on the job descriptions page at Information regarding employment requirements, including pre-employment drug/alcohol test, background check, physical exam, initial probationary period is available at Procedures for reasonable accommodation, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), may be found at "Applications must be submitted through the Riverside County Job Gateway System. "Current County Employees must use their Employee Self-Service Account to apply. "All other applicants must apply using The County of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the County of Riverside to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non job-related factor.
If you are a veteran, a spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, or a surviving spouse of a veteran who died of service-connected causes, submit a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) to the Human Resources Department at For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference. All documentation referenced above should be submitted to before this job posting expires. Please remember that you will need to resubmit your Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22), and a copy of your letter of disability (if applicable) for some public safety positions even if you have submitted one in the past to the County of Riverside.

This position will remain open until filled. Applicants seeking to be considered in the next candidate review are encouraged to apply by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 18, 2019. It is recommended that candidates apply early in the process for optimal consideration. Resumes will be reviewed and evaluated throughout the recruitment process. Postings may close or be extended at any time.
For questions about this job posting, contact Julia Luna at (951) 955-4957 or or Michael Simpson at (951) 955-1627 or