ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) consists of five Divisions: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The Executive Director's Office (EDO) provides administrative and management services to the operating divisions of the department.
COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) provides law enforcement services to local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies, including managing statewide criminal justice information, assisting with criminal investigations on request, conducting criminal and civil background checks, and operating an internationally-accredited forensic laboratory system. The units described below perform these functions:
- Crime Information Management Unit – provides support services and ensures security regulations are met by users of Colorado criminal justice information to uphold and enforce the FBI standards, and operates an information system at an over 99 percent availability rate for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies enabling them to exchange timely, accurate, and complete information.
- Forensic Services – provides forensic investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies, including DNA casework, latent print analysis, firearm and toolmark analysis, drug chemistry analysis, crime scene evidence processing, serology analysis, trace evidence analysis, digital analysis, DNA database management, and toxicology analysis.
- Office of Professional Standards – develops national accreditation standards for the CBI, standardizes policies and training, conducts review and investigates complaints and allegations of misconduct, and reports on CBI statistics and inspections.
- Investigative Services – provides critical investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies on request for major crimes, gaming, complex fraud, fugitive sex offenders, cold case homicides, and missing persons investigations.
- Morpho Biometrics Unit – serves as the state repository for criminal history information, including fingerprint data.
- Instant Criminal Background Check Unit – serves as the state point of contact for background checks on firearms purchases and conducts concealed handgun permit background checks for sheriff's offices.
WHY JOIN US
- Our employees are proud of their work and believe their work is important and valued by the public.
- Our supervisors do a great job managing employees, providing clear expectations, treating employees with respect and providing timely feedback.
- We value a high work-life balance.
- CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity of backgrounds and ideas.
In addition to rewarding meaningful work, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes:
Excellent work-life programs, training, and professional development opportunities;
Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
Medical and dental options (for permanent employees and their dependents).
Short and optional long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave.
Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) available in every region of the state.
Subsidized RTD FlexPass and free parking at most work locations.
Reduced college tuition (CSU Global, DeVry University, University of the Rockies)
Life insurance that includes legal resources and discounts.
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Description of Job
ABOUT THE POSITION
External Media Relations
- Designs outreach strategies to publicize CBI achievements, which may include developing special events or social media campaigns.
- Determines topics for communication based on information and direction gathered from CBI leadership.
- Develops public relations strategies that will influence public opinion about the CBI and to support the Department’s mission, vision, and core values.
- Arrange public appearances, lectures, events, or exhibits for clients to increase public awareness or to promote goodwill.
- Prepare public communication plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to CBI practices and activities
- Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate public communication plan development and response coordination
- Attends meetings within and outside the Department to develop relationships.
- Conducts public appearances to provide information pertaining to the CBI.
- Coordinates responses to media inquiries that require input from multiple CBI work units and/or programs.
- Plan and direct development or communication of programs to maintain favorable public perceptions of the CBI's mission
- Responds to media inquiries addressed to the CBI
- Write news releases or other media communications to educate the public
- Prepare or deliver speeches to further public relations objectives.
- Attend and represent the CBI at sponsored community and media events.
- Assist the CORA manager in producing CBI records available for inspection by the public/media.
- Prepare videos that enhance the CBI brand.
- Oversee the social media function.
- Website development
Social Media and Strategic Communications
- Assessing current media climate and developing talking points and messages proactively in anticipation of “hot topics” using news media to inform direction as it relates to critical incidents for local law enforcement or issues directly impacting the Bureau.
- Keeps current on best practices and legal issues around digital media.
- Proactively leverages social media tools in advance of CBI strategic direction.
- Develop plans or materials to communicate organizational activities that are beneficial to public safety
- Monitors media coverage and keeps CBI leadership apprised of developments.
- Creates internal strategic communications plans for CBI initiatives with input from the COS and Director.
- Develops employee outreach events to increase employee engagement and communication from leadership.
- Maintains CBI internal communications with current content..
- Maintains CBI website.
- Applies best practices in accessibility to all communication materials created by CBI
- Post and update content on the website and through social media outlets that promotes CBI programs.
- Utilizes tools to monitor site compliance with accessibility standards.
- Assist the CBI Executive Team in conducting service delivery surveys to Colorado law enforcement agencies.
Internal CBI Strategic Communications
- Confer with the CBI Executive Team to identify trends or key group interests or concerns or to provide advice on public outreach
- Determining responses to media inquiries, including identifying key staff and messages with guidance from the CBI Director and COS.
- Works with Division level PIOs to coordinate external communications as appropriate.
- Assists senior managers with preparation for media events and news releases, including composing talking points and key messages.
- Proactively creates talking points and key messages in anticipation of “hot topics” for use in a variety of internal and external communications.
- Provides back-up support and assistance to division-level PIOs as necessary.
- Designs publications for CBI including, but not limited to, an annual report, newsletters, backgrounder documents.
- Attends CDPS PIO meetings and provides detailed reports to CBI COS and leadership as necessary.
- Attends Emergency Services PIO meetings in Colorado, as well as engages in the PIO Committee within the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies.
- Preparing talking points and speeches for events
- Consult with staff to arrange promotional campaigns in all types of media
- Creates internal video campaigns in support of the CBI mission, vision, and core values.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
This position is open only to Colorado state residents.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in any field and three years of professional experience in the marketing and communication field.
Seven years of professional experience in the marketing and communication field.
Advanced degree from an accredited institution in any field and two years of professional experience in the marketing and communication field.
CORE SKILLS REQUIRED
Written Expression— The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Strong project management skills–Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.
Communication and Media knowledge–Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Communication–Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience, demonstrating purpose in writing.
Knowledge of communication industry tools and communications platforms
Digital tools expertise
Self motivation and independence–developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Prior professional communications experience in a law enforcement agency
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Requires successful completion of a background investigation that includes a polygraph exam, a fingerprint based criminal history search, psychological suitability assessment and a drug test.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's license with the ability to independently travel.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "state.co.us" and "email@example.com" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Colorado Department of Public Safety is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Christine Moreno, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – RECRUITMENT TIMELINE INFORMATION
- Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received.
- All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may proceed to the next step. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
- Comparative analysis may include application review, a written sample of work and a panel interview process tentatively scheduled for December 14, 15, or 16, 2022 in Lakewood, CO CBI offices.
- For an overview of State of Colorado application process and application tips, please view this video.