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Montgomery County Government, Office of the County Council
Juan Jovel
Juan.Jovel@montgomerycountymd.gov

100 Maryland Ave
Rockville Maryland United States 20850

Web: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council

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Public Information Officer II, Grade 25


Job ID: 3680
Job Views: 1324
Location: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Postal Code: 20850
Job Category: Public Relations | Marketing,Media Business Positions,Corporate Publications/Newsletters,Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per year
Posted: 11.02.2020

Job Description

The Office of the County Council is recruiting a communications specialist to work under the direction of the County Council’s Legislative Information Officer. The employee in this position develops informational material for the public about the Council’s activities and implements communications strategies, including print, electronic, and social media.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of professional experience in journalism, communications, public relations or related field.

Equivalency:  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Preferred Criteria
The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:
  1. Community Outreach and Engagement;
  2. Developing Communication Campaigns;
  3. Creating Content and using Social Media Tools;
  4. Writing Press Releases and Public Statements;
  5. Interacting with Journalists and the media; and
  6. Collaboration and Partnership

If selected for consideration for this position, you will be required to provide writing samples.
 
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Additional Employment Information
OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to special.accommodations@montgomerycountymd.gov. Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.
All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant's responses in conjunction with his/her resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualification and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview.  Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview.

Job Requirements

The position requires exceptional writing skills, an understanding of public policy issues in Montgomery County, proficiency in using social media tools, and experience with community outreach and engagement. 
 
This position will be responsible for the following:
  • Assisting the legislative information officer with developing and implementing communications plans, writing press releases, statements and e-blasts
  • Managing content for social media and the Council’s website
  • Organizing and implementing community outreach activities, organizing press events and pushing out breaking news and emergency information to residents in real time
  • Additional duties as assigned

The successful candidate will possess outstanding communications skills, the ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines with multiple priorities.

 This position requires the ability to attend meetings at locations outside of the office and beyond traditional work hours. 

 Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.


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