THE POSITION

The secret is out: Denver is the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks­­

The Department of Public Safety is comprised of seven public safety agencies and administrative support functions that are unified through one Executive Director of Public Safety.  The Department of Public Safety's mission is to assure the safety and well-being of Denver's residents and visitors, and to provide high support to sworn and civilian employees who represent the Safety Departments. 

This position will be housed at the Police Administration Building located at 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver, CO 80202. 

ABOUT OUR JOB

The Denver Department of Public Safety is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Communications Director. This individual will work closely with the Department's leadership team and manage communications for the Executive Director of Public Safety's Office. Primary duties for this position include:

Managing media inquiries, serving as a spokesperson, and responding to critical or sensitive requests from the media, public, and elected/city officials in a timely manner.
 
Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with staff, media representatives, community and business organizations, and other internal and external stakeholders.
 
Developing effective crisis communication strategies, managing emergency situations, and coordinating with the appropriate stakeholders.  
 
Developing, pitching, and tracking positive stories that promote awareness of the department's programs, initiatives, and accomplishments.

Establishing and maintaining a social media presence, staying abreast of industry trends on a variety of social media platforms, and modifying communication strategies accordingly.
 
Staffing the Executive Director and/or executive team members at community and public events and managing event planning and execution.  

Managing the department's website and developing content for the department newsletter, informational materials, and other communication documents.

Serving as a city representative on various committees and fostering collaborative relationships with committee members..
 
Working closely with the Denver Marketing Office to implement marketing and promotional programs/campaigns, and developing messaging, branding, and creating supporting materials.

Responding to critical or sensitive public information/open record requests from the public, media, elected/appointed officials, and/or others; supporting the department's efforts to develop and update departmental policy for public information responses; and helping assure legal compliance in areas affecting public access to information.

Performing other related duties as assigned.

 

ABOUT YOU

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods.
  • Experience with extensive crisis communication strategies for emergency situations
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Experience working with department websites, i.e. developing content for newsletter, informational materials and other communication documents.
  • Understands the critical mission of public relations in a public safety environment

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's Degree and, 
  • Three years of full performance, professional level experience performing marketing and/or public relations functions including research and analysis, developing public announcements and publications, and developing marketing and/or public relations strategies.

Education & Experience Equivalency:

  • A Master's Degree may be substituted for one year of the minimum experience requirement.
  • Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement.

Licensure & Certification:

  • By position, requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application, which must be kept current as a condition of employment.  

 

 

ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE Classification Title: We call this job Communications Director. The official Classification title is, Marketing/Communications Specialist.

Assessments/Testing: This position does not require testing.

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six-month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.  

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