Public Information Officer
Prince George County is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Public Information Officer. This position will be responsible for directing and coordinating county public information messaging as produced for print, web, social media and video, overseeing use of county brand and style in all public information materials, writing and editing press releases, news articles, as well as coordinating press conferences and may serve as spokesperson for the county.
Comprehensive working knowledge of principles, practices and procedures used in mass communications, marketing and public relations; of grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence structure to ensure effective verbal and written communications. Mastery of the English language, professional speaking and presentation skills; excellent writing skills; experience with Microsoft Office products, knowledge and experience in news release writing and web site writing; knowledge of the disciplines involved in media relations and community relations with emphasis on the use of sound judgement in the release of information; must maintain confidentiality as necessary; must have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects; must be able to plan and coordinate public relations activities to communicate programs or events to internal and external audiences; familiar with developing public relations plans; must have a strong understanding and knowledge of various social media platforms; media relations, public relations, and social media experience required; photography skills are preferred.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college with major coursework in Communications, Public Relations, or Journalism and considerable experience in marketing, public relations, and communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Basic certifications from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preferred; IS-29, G290.
A valid Virginia driver’s license.