Public Information Officer
OPEN: August 3, 2022
CLOSE: Open until filled
SALARY AND GRADE: Excepted Service, Grade 5 ($59,702 to $89,553)
COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.
Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.
The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) is dedicated to serving the District’s veteran community, their families, survivors, and military caregivers. MOVA seeks to address the broad range of social, economic, and healthcare needs of the District’s veteran community by building strategic partnerships with public and private organizations, creating veteran-centered policy initiatives, and developing strong relationships with the veteran community. Building on these relationships, MOVA acts as a liaison between the District’s veteran community and the Mayor, District agencies, Federal agencies, and non-profit organizations in order to ensure that the District’s veteran community has access to the full range of available resources. For more information on MOVA, please visit here.
- Establishes and maintains excellent relationships with local and regional media outlets, including print and broadcast journalists, and bloggers; responds to media inquiries; proactively engages with local and regional media to pitch stories; ensures the presentation of a strong and positive message to the public regarding the Administration’s policies and programs and the Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs in coordination with the Executive Office of the Mayor
- Plans, directs and executes a comprehensive public information strategy on the initiatives and functions of the Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs collaborates with senior leadership to plan and develop goals and objectives for implementing long and short-term communications.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District government and community agencies.
- Analyzes communications issues, and advises the Director and Deputy Director public perceptions to the agencies’ programs and activities.
- Develops and utilizes a variety of communication outlets to inform, involve, and engage employees in the agencies’ mission, values and programs.
- Evaluates communications efforts and achievements, and recommends appropriate modifications.
- Creates briefing memos, talking points, articles, websites, social media postings, and other communications on a wide variety of issues.
- Uses feedback and evaluation systems to evaluate effectiveness of communications activities.
- Participates in senior staff meetings and serves on committees, as appropriate.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Minimum three (3) years’ experience in public relations, communications, public policy or a related field.
- Demonstrated connections to and past interactions with members of the local and regional press corps.
- Mastery of the principles, methods and techniques of effective communications.
- Mastery of the methods, practices and procedures used in public relations, marketing and research, mass media, advertising, special interest groups, community relations, and government relations, as they relate to large organized projects and initiatives.
- Strong analytical, strategic and creative skills to develop and implement public outreach programs; and skill in developing strategies to disseminate information.
- Superior ability to manage multiple priorities and fast-paced work.
- Ability to effectively develop, organize, and present ideas and concepts to diverse groups, including government officials, journalists, analysts, and District residents.
- Superior writing, verbal and presentation skills.
- Strong, persuasive, compelling and engaging writing skills, in order to convey information concerning complex programs and functions to public individuals having diverse levels of understanding of the agency's programs and activities.
- Superior skill in responding orally to criticism of the agency’s functions or performance; and to logically and effectively explain programs, functions and activities, in order for the public to gain an understanding of the agency's efforts.
- Superior skill and ability to formulate, articulate, and coordinate an overall communications program that integrates departmental issues, and conveys complex information regarding policies, programs, and decisions.
- Superior interpersonal relationship skills to serve as the principal advisor and authority on communication issues for the agency; and to work with the senior leaders to address problem solving through communications.
- Veterans and Veteran spouses will receive prioritized screened.
- District of Columbia residents will receive preferential screening.
COVID-19 PREVENTION PROTOCOL AND VACCINE MANDATE
The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption by the hiring agency before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.
There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.