Public Information Officer, Harford County Sheriff’s Office

Prepare information for public release and assists the Sheriff’s Office in developing and implementing public relations and information programs; work under the direction of the Director of Media and Public Relations; perform other duties as assigned.
Examples of Duties
  1. Research, prepare and write news releases, official statements and other materials for public release that describe programs and objectives of the Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Produce brochures, posters and other materials to promote the Sheriff’s Office.
  3. Schedule the release of promotional materials to promote the Sheriff’s Office.
  4. Coordinate Agency contacts with the media.
  5. Deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
  6. Develop and coordinate marketing strategies.
  7. Work with team to coordinate and create Sheriff’s Office social media outreach and video campaigns.
  8. Operate a personal computer utilizing Microsoft Work, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, desktop publishing equipment, video editing, and software to produce a variety of media.
  9. Write original copy and coordinate the production of public service announcements and other media programs.
  10. Review, coordinate, re-write, edit and design bulletins, pamphlets, internal and external newsletters, exhibits and other materials that explain the Sheriff’s Office programs and policies.
  11. Research and gather information to be used in public information programs.
  12. Keep supervisor and relevant others informed of issues in a timely fashion.
  13. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with media agency contacts.
  14. Keep informed on current public information dissemination practices by attending workshops and educational programs or reading specialized literature.
  15. Attend meetings and participate in various teams when needed.
  16. Must be available to serve in an on-call capacity.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  1. Must possess a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Communications, Marketing, or a closely-related field.
  2. Three (3) years of work experience in marketing, journalism, creative  writing, public relations or related work preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to act as a representative of the Sheriff’s Office to the public.
  2. Knowledge of public relations techniques and journalism styles.
  3. Knowledge of writing techniques; writing original copy, assembling, editing and re-writing other copy and preparing copy for publication.
  4. Ability to obtain adequate publicity for programs and activities of the Sheriff’s Office.
  5. Ability to plan, develop, organize and coordinate public information and public relations programs.
  6. Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff; successfully communicate with other staff members, the media, and members of the public; and work as a team.
  8. Pleasant speaking voice with clear diction and delivery.
  9. Ability to establish priorities and organize workload effectively and efficiently.
  10. Ability to maintain a pleasant and productive working atmosphere.
  11. Ability to respond properly in emergency situations and complete assignments under pressure.
  12. Familiar with social media platforms.
  13. Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, desktop publishing), and office machines.
  14. Ability to operate video and photo editing software.

Selected Candidate:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen with 10 years of verifiable US residency.
  2. Must pass comprehensive background investigation and criminal record check; medical exam and drug/alcohol screening; and polygraph exam.
  3. Must provide handwriting sample for review.
  4. Must appear before and receive a favorable recommendation from Oral Interview Board.
  5. Must be willing to serve in an on-call rotation.
  6. Must possess a history and exhibit the characteristics of honesty, reliability, integrity, and interpersonal skills. Any criminal conviction(s) and/or arrest(s) may be grounds for disqualification.