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Public Information Officer

Public Information Officer

The city of Lakewood is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Public Information Officer.

This position is primarily responsible for communicating with the public and the press through computerized media, which includes posting stories, videos, still pictures, press releases on the City’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, local area press websites and other media outlets. This position works with Community Relations on city events and issues. Additionally, this position will create or assist in the creation of employee newsletters, information, project instructions and training.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Must have the ability to:

  • develop and maintain a strong online presence through blogs, photos, videos, stories and press releases;
  • work with the Mayor and city leaders to develop a dynamic strategic communication plan;
  • develop strong, positive relationships with the local press;
  • create, coordinate and/or assist Department Heads with press releases, training materials and other creative endeavors;
  • utilize skills to increase communications between safety forces and the public at times of need for increased public safety;
  • develop communications, programs or other materials in conjunction with department heads for committees, employees and the public;
  • create and post a weekly employee newsletter to internal SharePoint site;
  • attend assigned public meetings to document and communicate trends and issues to City Administration;
  • stay aware of, follow and adapt to media trends;
  • devise and coordinate photo opportunities and photojournalism;
  • pitch story ideas to area/regional/national publications and other related activity:
  • create and maintain digital photograph library for use in presentations; takes photographs and downloads and modifies information and:
  • manage the PR aspects of potential crisis situations.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years related experience, in communications or journalism
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, mass communications or other related field
  • Valid Ohio Driver’s License with less than 8 points.

How to apply: 

Interested qualified applicants should submit a resume with cover letter and complete an application on-line (applications available at www.onelakewood.com). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer