Recruitment #19-S3-2048


NOTICE:  LCSO has a new electronic Applicant Screening Questionnaire that must be completed and submitted within 5 business days of the date you submit your application in order for your application to be considered for the position.  Failure to complete and submit the electronic questionnaire will disqualify you from this recruitment.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICANT SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE.

Job Description

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking professional, dedicated applicants for a Civilian position as a Public Information Officer. This position will be located in the Office of the Sheriff. Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • In coordination with the Director of Media Relations & Communications, develop and implement a digital communications plan for the Sheriff’s Office that supports its brand and public information program.
  • Enterprise, draft and edit Associated Press-styled feature stories, news releases and targeted media pitches to promote Sheriff's Office employees and programs, and the LCSO brand.
  • Develop, edit and maintain visual assets including video, photographs, podcasts, graphics, images and adaptations of printed designs for digital use. Manage use of original artwork or adaptation of printed designs to produce digital interactive media.
  • Serve as agency photographer and videographer; maintain both still photography and video archives.
  • Design graphics for use in fliers and digital content to promote the Sheriff’s Office’s brand, programs and events.
  • In coordination with the Director of Media Relations & Communications, provide consultation and guidance to units and divisions in planning and creating new digital, web and social media content and maintaining existing content and communications.
  • Develop new media initiatives as needed to meet the changing technologies and communications needs of the agency.
  • Handle highly confidential and sensitive information with discretion and confidentiality.
  • Accept and respond to all requests originated from news media outlets in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Work outside typical business hours, as needed, to assist media in meeting deadlines and/or supporting the Sheriff’s Office at significant incidents and special events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Media Relations & Communications, Sheriff, or other members of the Sheriff’s executive staff.

Job Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in a related field, and three (3) years of related work experience.

Special Requirements

The position is subject to callout during non-duty hours, to include holidays.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Must submit a completed online screening questionnaire within 5 days of the date you submitted your online County application. Selection process includes review of applicant screening questionnaire and County application, in-person interview(s), and an intensive background investigation to include fingerprinting, credit check and polygraph examination.