Assistant Public Information Officer - Bilingual
County of Ventura, California
Salary: $80,000.00 - $112,000.00 Annually, plus benefits
Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees. The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home."’
The County Executive Office is seeking an individual who will assist the County’s Public Information Officer in implementing the County's communications strategy to inform and engage County of Ventura residents. Under general direction of the County’s Public Information Officer, the position manages a communications strategy which fosters public understanding and awareness of County goals, programs and services encompassing everything from health care, public safety, public works, social services, to airports and animal services. The position provides the public, media and County employees with accurate, timely and consistent information.
The successful candidate will be a poised, professional and an experienced communicator having a strong customer service orientation with a diverse skill set to join the County's communications team. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator to various audiences, including elected officials at all levels of government. The winning candidate will support community outreach efforts to implement strategic plans for communications, marketing, and community relations that are in alignment with the County of Ventura's mission and goals. The ideal candidate must have a positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills, work effectively in a team and fast-paced environment, show initiative and adapt well to change; is organized, and detail oriented. The successful candidate will have the background, experience, and knowledge to demonstrate:
Knowledge and experience with all aspects of publication project management and production, including planning, printing, graphic design, and distribution methods;
Knowledge and experience in modern marketing and public relations techniques, technologies, and platforms, including social media and content strategy and tactics, special events planning, community engagement, visual storytelling, and data visualization;
Demonstrated experience functioning in a dynamic and fast paced environment, including crisis communications planning and response;
Ability to respond flexibly in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
Knowledge of public sector functions and objectives, or a comparably complex private organization is desired.
Video development skills a plus.
Spanish bilingual is required.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience in communications management in the public or private sector which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Examples of qualifying education and experience are:
A bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, English, Business, or a related field; and
Three (3) years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, or media managing the communication and information with one (1) or more years of experience providing communications, translating and managing information for a public or large complex private sector organization.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Written and oral bilingual skills in English and Spanish.
Must possess a valid CA driver license.
The ability to make effective public speaking presentations.
Excellent written communication skills must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
Some experience in emergency information or crisis communications is highly desirable.
To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, visit www.ventura.org/jobs.
For additional inquiries, contact Jessica Ruiz by e-mail at Jessica.Ruiz@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2419.
Filing deadline: Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.