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State Police

Company: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Location: harrisburg
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Pennsylvania State Police has an immediate need to fill a Communications Director 2 vacancy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Join the team who help keep people, both residents and visitors, safe in their communities and on Pennsylvania's roads. If you have an interest in Public Safety and want to support this mission, apply today!

  • The Communications Director job describes work in the management and support of an agency's communications functions. This is professional public relations work directing the internal and external communications program for a commonwealth agency characterized by significant public visibility and sensitivity to program activities.
  • In this job, you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing internal and external communications, including media relations, public information, digital communications, and promotional/marketing functions in state agencies having a high degree of public visibility and complex and sensitive liaison involvement with public or private entities, other state agencies, and branches of government.
  • Work involves directing the preparation of information concerning the programs, services, policies, and accomplishments of the department; providing advisory and consultative services to the agency head on public relations matters; representing the agency and agency officials as the official spokesperson for the department; supervising and participating in writing speeches and other public presentations for the Secretary and top agency officials; and writing or overseeing the development of internal communications.
  • Work is under the general direction of the agency Secretary, with oversight by the Governor's Communications Office, who evaluates work timeliness, responsiveness, and effectiveness of results.
  • This job is differentiated from the Communications Director 1 job based on the increased complexity of the communications program due to the significant degree of public visibility and complex and sensitive liaison involvement with public or private entities, other state agencies, and branches of government.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates a departmental public relations program, including media relations, public information, digital communications, and promotional/marketing functions.
  • Develops long and short term communications plans and messaging goals and strategies.
  • Serves as media consultant and principal advisor to the Secretary on communications and public relations matters, including the public relations implications of agency programs and policies.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the public relations impact of proposed or existing agency programs and policies and provides input to the Secretary and other officials in the formulation or modification of programs or policies.
  • Arranges and schedules, or oversees the arranging and scheduling of, interviews between agency personnel and the news media.
  • Selects and prepares a variety of informational material to be presented to the media.
  • Directs the development and implementation of media events including press conferences, tours, and availabilities.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of talking points, news releases, advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, and memos; television, radio, and film scripts; and brochures, pamphlets, reports, publications, and similar written and graphic public information and promotional material.
  • Writes, or directs the writing of, speeches or talking points for the Secretary or other top agency officials.
  • Serves as spokesperson for the agency.
  • Oversees the development of marketing materials.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Employees in this job may participate in subordinates' work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.
Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description . REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

Five years of professional experience in the field of public relations, including three years in a responsible administrative or supervisory capacity; and a bachelor's degree with major course work in journalism, communications, English, or a closely related field; or

An equivalent combination of experience and training.

How To Apply:

  • Attach a resume; it is required in order to submit an application.
  • Attach academic transcripts if applicable.
The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg , State Police, Other , harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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