Under direction of the Assistant Chief of Police, plans, develops, organizes, directs and implements internal and external communication strategies for the Long Beach Police Department; coordinates and executes effective methods for communicating policies, practices, departmental priorities, achievements, and events and manages a communication strategy which fosters public understanding and awareness of Police Department goals, programs, and initiatives. The position provides the department, public, media and City employees with accurate, timely and consistent information. The Police Department is a 24/7 operation that requires flexibility to respond to incidents on-call and as required in the field.EXAMPLES OF DUTIESDevelop and Implement Communications Strategy:
REQUIREMENTS TO FILEMinimum Qualifications:
- Manages the communications needs for the Department by developing communications strategies for Department programs, initiatives, and events; communicates with other City partners to ensure messages are aligned.
- Directs and executes a broad range of internal and external communication services including strategic communications planning, management press statements, speech writing, notes and strategies for legislative introductions, web content, media monitoring, and public communications.
- Provides strategic communications support to organization leaders, including the development of a strategic internal communications plan that advances the organization's strategic initiatives.
- Deciphers, analyzes, and determines information requirements; plans, organizes researches, and manages content; sets deadlines and directions for projects.
- Creates and maintains standards of internal and external communications; streamlines and improves internal communication guidelines, processes, and procedures.
- Manages personnel in the PIO Unit.
- Manages the development and implementation of an integrated, organization-wide strategic communications plan designed to communicate organization services, programs, broaden awareness, and strengthen the Department's brand identity across key stakeholder audiences, ensuring alignment with the Police Department's vision, mission and core values.
- Determines existing communication gaps, and provides associated recommendations to Executive Leadership.
- Defines, develops and manages the creative direction and brand, ensuring alignment with the PD's Vision, Values, and Mission.
- Develops public information policies and procedures and makes recommendations to Executive Leadership.
Graduation from an accredited university or college with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Political Science, Public Affairs, or a closely related field; and have at least five years of increasingly responsible experience serving in a communications capacity; and possess a valid California Driver License.Desirable Qualifications:
Proven success in developing and executing internal communications strategies for executive staff, public sector and elected officials. Experience in high-profile press and media relations, marketing, including effective communication with the press on complex topics. Demonstrated experience functioning in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, including crisis communications planning and response. Ability to adapt to a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Bilingual ability is a plus.SELECTION PROCEDUREThis recruitment will close at 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2020
. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit an online application, including resume and cover letter, that reflects the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities. In addition, the application needs to include three professional references and a response to each of the supplemental questions.
The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in further selection procedures. Incomplete applications or candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications for the position will not be considered. Final appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a thorough reference/background check and a City-provided pre-employment physical.
The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization.
In support of the City's Language Access Policy, bilingual skills (Spanish, Khmer and/or Tagalog) are desirable for positions interacting with the public.
This information is available in an alternative format by request at (562) 570-7124. If special accommodation is desired, please contact the agency two (2) business days prior to the test, if applicable.
An Equal Employment OpportunityClosing Date/Time: 2/17/2020 11:59 PM Pacific