City of Tucson


$23.31-$41.85 Hourly / $48,484.80-$87,048.00 Yearly
Salary Grade: 815

General Description

Develops, writes, edits, and approves information or public notification programs and materials for the City including the City Manager's Office, Mayor and Council Offices, and the Information Technology Department. Provides information to the public through a variety of means including: answering constituent phone calls and e-mails, maintaining contact with the news media, on-line communication, writing and distributing news releases, delivering presentations, planning and organizing special events and developing collateral materials. Conceptualizes and produces marketing packages and communications materials. Develops partnerships with public and private entities

Essential Functions

In absence of a City PIO, carries the coordination of City Department PIO's across the City for periodic meetings.

Manages various programs by developing, conducting, and coordinating activities designed to inform, promote, explain and publicize programs and projects and other issues to and through the media, conducting interviews, answering questions and writing direct informational advertisements for the media.

Develops programs and materials by researching, writing and approving informational programs and materials, copywriting, editing, proofing and coordinating the production of printed and electronic materials, and coordinating and managing contracts.

Serves as Public Information Officer for the City Manager's Office, Mayor and Council Offices, and Information Technology Department by writing, producing and delivering presentations, speeches and interviews, conducting research, attending meetings, corresponding with the general public and agencies and appearing at community events.

Media Releases and Advisories - Creating, organizing, verifying and distributing City media information as requested. Being the direct contact for offices and departments which do not have a public information person (including Mayor and Council offices). Directly contacting media as appropriate. Assisting other PIOs as needed. Coordinating releases with Channel 12 and City web site. Keeping media contact lists up to date.

Delivers the daily online media report: Online Media Coverage - Delivering a system that provides “one-stop shopping” for news about the City as well as other items related to what we do or what affects us. Titles and links are in one daily email to five groups. Also posted directly to Intranet.

Special Projects, examples include City elections, several boards and commissions, InfoGuide editions, annual and holiday events, articles for the City web site, regular and one-time publications, and participation in numerous things.

Citizen Referrals - Through the NOVA system (and all its previous names), responding to all assigned inquiries, et al, by e-mail, telephone or postal mail.

The Manager's Message - Serves as the point person by keeping authors aware of schedules, proofreads and formats final copy, posts to web and notifies all COT.

Maintains relations with City offices and departments, as well as outside organizations such as TREO, TPAC, PRO Neighborhoods, United Way, some Boards and Commissions and neighborhood groups.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years of experience in communications, journalism, marketing or related field

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


Other Information

FLSA Status: Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 16

Occupational Group Description: Electronics and Communications

EEO Job Category Code: B

EEO Job Category Description: Professionals

Organizational Level: Senior

NCCI: 8810

Bargaining Unit: No Representation

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Secondary

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 0223; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;