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PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR At City of Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description

PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR
Job Number: 320532
Description

PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR



JOB ANNOUNCEMENT



DEPARTMENT OF POLICE

Office of Communications



Number of Positions: 1



Under direction, the Public Relations Coordinator will plan and perform public relations and social media functions as part of the Office of Communications with the Chicago Police Department, and perform related duties as required.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Prepares and edits speeches for departmental executive personnel
  • Plans, directs, and reviews the activities of personnel engaged in departmental public relations
  • Works closely with the Mayor’s Press Secretary Office in order to draft departmental correspondence and to coordinate and promote programs and initiatives
  • Coordinates interviews of department members for radio and television appearances
  • Serves as departmental spokesperson in responding to inquiries from the media, and off camera
  • Organizes press conferences to inform the public of departmental programs and services
  • Collaborates with subject matter experts to ensure proper content, design, and layout of brochures and pamphlets describing departmental programs and services
  • Reviews and approves the audio-visual and videotaped programs related to the Office of Communications
  • Reviews and approves responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Participates in the preparation of the department’s annual report
  • Notifies appropriate staff and drafts notices for upcoming press conferences and release of information on behalf of the department
  • Accompanies executive management to public events and/or appearances (i.e. press conferences, charity events)
  • Contributes to budget process of the unit


NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class



Location: Chicago Police Department Headquarters

Address: 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

Days: Monday – Friday (some weekends and/or holidays may be required)

Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (additional hours may be required)

Salary: $70,272.00 per year



NOTE: This position requires occasional evening, weekend, and/or holiday hours as needed. You may also be required to respond to critical emergencies/incidents as needed.



THIS POSITION IS EXEMPT FROM THE CAREER SERVICE


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or a directly related field, supplemented by five years of progressively responsible experience in the development and implementation of public information programs, including two years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience


Disclaimer – “Accredited” means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.



NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable



NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered). If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.



Education & Employment Verification – Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it related to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diplomas must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.



NOTE: Candidates must pass a background investigation, drug screen, and other pre-employment procedures as determined by the Chicago Police Department



SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

This position requires applicants to complete an interview which will include a skills assessment and/or written exercise as part of the interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral and written parts of the interview will be selected.



Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Marketing, or Advertising
  • Previous experience in public relations
  • Previous experience as a spokesperson conducting on-air interviews
  • Previous experience editing audio-visual and video recording processes
  • Previous experience creating talking points/speeches for executive level management
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office software
  • Proficiency working with WordPress software


VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE: The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference for both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge. Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documents. In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?” In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service. For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service. For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Office on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application. Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.


Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.



Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.



If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at (312) 744-4976 (voice) or (312) 744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.



ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.



City of Chicago Department of Human Resources

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Soo Choi, Commissioner



PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CDT on 04/23/2019. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE
Job Posting: Apr 9, 2019, 12:01:00 AM | Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Apr 23, 2019, 11:59:00 PM
BU: 10 | Salary: $70,272.00 Pay Basis:Yearly