City of Orlando
Published
July 28, 2022
Location
400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida
Category
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Job Type

Description

NATURE OF WORK:

Performs professional, administrative work for the Orlando Fire Department. An employee assigned to this classification manages the Fire Departments public Information, safety education programs, and other programs that increase the department’s visibility and promotes the health and wellness in the City of Orlando. The Public Information Manager is also responsible for developing media strategies that promote a positive public image.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

  • Planning and hosting press conferences to announce major news or address crises. Responding to news media inquiries.
  • Composes and prepares press releases, speeches, articles, social media posts, newspaper articles, radio and televisions scripts and other materials for public consumption regarding fire related activities and incidences.
  • Develops strategies and procedures for working effectively with the media. Maintains good working relationships with media organizations.
  • Collaborates with executive management and the marketing team to ensure a cohesive publicimage.
  • Works with various teams to organize and host public events and promotions. Speaks directly to the public or media to address questions and represent the organization.
  • Works closely with the City of Orlando Office communication to publicize the efforts of the Orlando Fire Department through marketing and other mass media platforms.
  • Responsible for developing strategies for communicating to all City of Orlando external stakeholders (residents & visitors) and to the Orlando Fire Department personnel.
  • Develops, directs, and implements fire and life safety programs.
  • Actively researches and explores funding opportunities and additional revenues that may be applied in creating new or developing areas of focus.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Fire Chief or their designee and performance is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted and results achieved. Of necessity, flexibility with hours including weekends, and evenings is required.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

Bachelor degree in Public Relations, Journalism, English, or Communications, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field and fours four (4) or more years of professional experience developing and administering programs, some of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication and presentation skills required.

Valid Florida Driver’s License required. State of Florida Municipal Fire Inspector Certification must be obtained within first year of employment. City will assist and pay for certification.

PREFERENCES:

Master degree in communications or public relations or related field preferred, public-safety agency experience and bilingual (English-Spanish and/or Haitian Creole) preferred.

Completion of skills assessment and evaluation may be required to be used as an additional tool for evaluating qualified candidates.

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