Director of Communications
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Job Title: Director of Communications Department: Communications
Reports To: Chief of Staff Salary: commensurate with experience
FUNCTION: The primary function of this employee is to develop, implement and maintain an effective public information program; serve as the Prosecutor’s spokesperson and primary media liaison; develops press releases to the media; provides support to the Prosecutor and staff in development of news releases, and speeches. Work includes professional application of research and writing skills, selecting news media, preparing and releasing material, and preparing various periodic and special reports.
- Serves as the Prosecutor’s spokesperson and primary media liaison.
- Plans and administers public information program for the Prosecutor’s Office (e.g.-designs and produces marketing and public relations materials including brochures, reports and correspondence; develops, prepares, proofs and issues news releases; develops and presents informational and educational displays, programs, materials and speeches to the media or general public; writes, edits and produces lay-out work for publications, articles or newsletters; responds to requests for information from other agencies, the general public and news media for information about department programs).
- Advises and consults with Prosecutor and staff regarding public relations issues (e.g.- serves as resource person for information on positive public presentation of department programs and activities; responds to requests for information from general public and media; delivers speeches and gives presentations on behalf of the Prosecutor, advises media of cases of interest through multiple outlets; including written, television, radio).
- Coordinates media relations (e.g.- writes news releases and articles; participates in radio and television interviews and promotions; schedules and coordinates high profile special events and projects; Posts public information on the Prosecutor’s webpage and Facebook page).
- Receives citizen concerns and public records requests and coordinates the receipt and response to complaints, requests, and inquiries; initiates corrective action or prepares replies; and follows up with citizens to ensure satisfaction.
- Supervises Public Information Officer and other assigned staff;
- Conduct business in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code while maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of law enforcement investigatory and other confidential information;
- Performs all other duties assigned, delegated or required of the Director of Communications as well as those prescribed by law.
- Ability to comprehend a variety of informational documents including media/consumer requests for information, proposed legislation, legislative reports, statistical reports, committee reports, and other reports and records;
- Ability to comprehend a variety of reference books and manuals including Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Administrative Code, Federal Register, legal journals;
- Ability to prepare speeches, outreach programs, legislative analysis, rules/clearance responses, policy statements, summary appeals, findings of fact and other job related documents using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style;
- Ability to convince and influence others, to speak dynamically in public, to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow instructions;
- Ability to use and interpret legal terminology and language;
- Ability to supervise the work of others;
- Ability to communicate with media, advocacy groups, customers, lawyers, judges, referees, Directors, managers, support staff, legislators and elected officials;
- Ability to perform in a professional manner under stress when confronted with tight deadlines;
- Applies excellent interpersonal skills, including effective oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability, dependability, problem-solving skills, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Must possess qualities of fairness, a strong work ethic, have the highest integrity; and must also maintain the confidentiality of law enforcement and investigatory records and other confidential information.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or related field with three years of public relations experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Law Enforcement experience a plus; Proficiency in computer skills including: Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft products (Word/Excel), database experience.
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Human Resources Manager
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
Justice Center, 9th Floor
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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