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Public Works Public Information Officer (PIO)

City of Salem
Salem, OR 97301
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Salary: $5,895.07 - $7,919.60 Monthly
Job Type: Regular (Full-Time)
Job Number: 20-0668-05
Location: Salem, OR
Department: Public Works Department

Job Summary
Do you believe that communication is more than writing and speaking, and that building an engaged community benefits all of us and is best served through open, honest, frequent and meaningful dialog?

The City of Salem, Public Works Department is seeking a talented individual who thrives in a fast-paced and exciting environment to fill our Public Information Officer (PIO) position. At the City of Salem, our PIO works as part of a highly collaborative team, serving as a spokesperson for the City, with responsibility on a daily basis for developing, coordinating, and evaluating content, community engagement and educational programs to share the City's story with a broad range of audiences using diverse platforms. The team provides support and advice to the City Manager's Office, Mayor and City Council, and departments, divisions, and workgroups across the City, to foster citizen participation and interest in City government, by using a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, media relations, and digital media, as well as other engagement activities.

To be successful in this position, candidates should demonstrate progressive experience in media relations, community and customer engagement, marketing and digital marketing, communications, public relations, or media relations, including:
  • Conducting on-camera interviews and maintaining effective working relationships with the media;
  • Creating multimedia content for integration across multiple platforms, including managing and measuring performance of messages and campaigns to encourage public engagement, including working knowledge of new media, social media and web-based methods of communication and engagement;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience skills, including listening and public speaking skills;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of management, elected officials, and community to best represent the organization effectively in public settings and with the media; and
  • Crisis and risk management communication techniques and best practices.

The position will require organized responses to the media or other entities at times outside of the normal 8 to 5 workdays, including weekends and holidays. Public sector or local government experience setting strongly preferred.

The Public Works Department values employees and their professional development. If you are someone that takes pride in collaborating on innovative ideas, proactively responding to community needs, and being a good environmental and financial steward, we look forward to meeting you! The Public Works Department promotes a healthy work life balance, while maintaining the utmost dedication to the health, safety and welfare of our community, including our team!

What are the minimum qualifications?
  • Must pass the pre-employment background check
  • Must have an Oregon Driver license and meet the City of Salem's driving standards
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in journalism, public administration, non-profit management, public relations, digital media, communications, or a related field and five (5) years' progressive experience in a related field; or any combination of experience and training that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and abilities as listed, and ability to perform the examples of work.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Four (4) years of supervisory or program/project management experience in customer engagement, marketing, communications, or media relations; public sector or local government experience setting.
  • Course work in public engagement and communication with emphasis on the public sector.
  • Training in public information for emergencies.
  • Spanish language communication skills.

Where can I find out more about the position?

Go to the menu option for Class Specifications and search for Program Manager II or view by clicking here.

How can I apply?

The City of Salem invites individuals of all diverse communities and backgrounds to apply for our available job opportunities as we strive to provide the best service to everyone. The City of Salem is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all and has a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, we are better able to serve the community.

To apply, click on the green "Apply" button to complete your application. Make sure that you specify how you meet the qualifications outlined in the class specification and complete the application.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications as outlined above but not selected for this position may be placed on an eligibility list, and candidates may be hired from the list. Eligibility lists are valid for six months. The City will send email notifications to eligible candidates about potential hiring opportunities so please ensure your email settings accept our system generated email notifications.

You may subscribe for automatic notification of job openings at the City through the Job Interest Cards - sign up today!

For more information about employment at the City of Salem, please visit our website at www.cityofsalem.net/jobs .


Posted: 2020-12-21 Expires: 2021-01-22

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