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Public Affairs Specialist
To apply, visit: Number of Vacancies: One (1) Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is not in a collective bargaining unit Tour of Duty: 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM; Monday - Friday Area of Consideration: Open to the Public Duration of Appointment: Permanent Career Service Opening Date: January 3, 2018 Closing Date: January 17, 2018 Promotion Potential: None This position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Office of the Director. The incumbent is responsible for participating in the development and implementation of a centralized DDOT communications and marketing strategy. The goal of the office is to further advance and promote the efforts of DDOT both internally and externally, positioning the organization as a recognized leader in the field of public transportation committed to superior customer service, effective government interaction, and transparency. Develop internal and external communication tools such as newsletters, strategic planning documents, recognition programs, focus groups, team building exercises that will further highlight DDOT accomplishments. Conducts studies, analyses, and an interchange of ideas and issues to help determine the public's needs and views regarding DDOT services; evaluates their responses; and drafts new or revised communications and informational programs. Coordinate with the Public Information Officer on media requests, press conferences, media interviews and press statements. Serve as a public information officer, as needed, on DDOT news stories, press conferences and major policy announcements. Participate in high-level policy-making meetings and conferences, serving as an advisor for new communications policy initiatives. Identify and evaluate information that will further DDOT's mission and goals. Represent the office at meetings and conferences. Prepare policy statements and reviews and assess proposed legislative documents. Insure that all information and materials accurately reflect the policies, views, program strategies and initiatives of the Department. Perform other related duties as assigned. Qualifications The position requires thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of communications/marketing and skill in applying the practices necessary to develop an effective communication strategy for DDOT operations. The candidate must have strong verbal and written communications skills sufficient to advise and consult a variety of managers, present findings and recommendations, negotiate agreements, and secure cooperation; deliver presentations to the media and audiences including outside agencies and local representatives and groups with divergent and conflicting views on DDOT business. The ideal candidate will have the skills necessary to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, representatives, individuals and groups in the local community. The candidate must also have proven skill in gathering, evaluating, and interpreting data to quickly identify potential problems, arrive at valid conclusions, and offer meaningful recommendations and/or resolutions under deadline pressure. Expert in creating presentations, briefing documents, graphics, and social media content. Licensures, Certifications and Special Requirements Demonstrated skill in the use PC/Mac and software packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, etc.). Incumbent may be required to work weekends, evenings, and possibly in on-call situations. Proficient in photography, videography and video-editing for websites is highly preferred. This position has been designated as an essential/emergency employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual Chapter 12. As such, your services may be required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operation, food distribution, and communication. These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. This position may be subject to criminal background checks and/or driving records, as well as random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to D.C. Act 15-620. Education A Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, public relations or a closely related major field of study is preferred or equivalent combination of education and/or experience highly preferred. Work Experience Candidate should have a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible specialized experience in public information, communications and marketing. Work Environment Work is performed in an office setting and on location for information gathering, photography and site surveys.

Posted on: Thursday, January 04, 2018
This listing expires on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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