The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency, both in our community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with our citizens in order to prevent the next crime, and to enhance the quality of life within our community always treating people with fairness and respect. The department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a jurisdiction with close to 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally diverse community. The men and women of the CMPD are committed to providing the very best service possible and maintaining the high level of confidence this community has in us.
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The Public Information Specialist Senior works to coordinate messages and distribute information about CMPD’s efforts to fight crime, engage with the community and develop its employee workforce. This position is primarily dedicated to creating messages, videos, photographs and graphics for various CMPD websites, newsletters, emails, and social media platforms.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Pitching, writing, videotaping, photographing, editing, coordinating stories & videos, etc.
- Create and manage content for all social platforms.
- Serve as a senior team member providing training and guidance to peers.
- Communicating with senior level expertise in a timely manner.
- Provide information to news media on breaking stories during normal working hours.
- Prepare and disseminate information to the media, public, and other agencies in oral and written formats and social media platforms as required;
coordinate the dissemination of information with departmental staff and
personnel regarding media queries and strategies.
- Maintain existing media methods and procedures; participate
in internal communications strategies.
- Gather information to create public relations tools such as news releases,
public service announcements, and other detailed information to promote
services, programs, and events; assist in scheduling cart, bulky and limb
services; may compose, edit, and prepare a variety of special projects for
Department management as requested.
- Attend various events, including violent crime scenes and activities;
photograph and video events, activities, and/or other applicable items.
- Serve as a liaison for the department with a variety of external agencies and
organizations, as well as the public and specialized groups, to communicate the
mission and vision of the assigned and engage in positive interactions with the
public including on social media platforms.
- Assist with actual production activities, including setting lights, props,
stages, the technical direction of cameras, still photography, audio timing,
digital enhancements, and editing; write scripts and coordinate with other
personnel for support activities.
- Must be able to respond to the crime scene on an on-call rotation.
- All other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Expertise in multiple social media platforms including but
not limited to: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Major course work in public relations, journalism, communications, marketing,
or other related fields
- Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, creative “outside-the-box”
thinker, possess vast knowledge of social media outlets
- Extensive problem-solving skills & solutions-oriented approach
- Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
- Adobe Creative Cloud skills
- Excellent writing, proofreading, analytical, problem solving, verbal skills
- Excellent videography, photography, storytelling, editing skills
- Handle multiple tasks & meet deadlines while prioritizing
- Integrate PR & marketing programs supporting overall goals & objectives
- Work independently & virtually with mobility
- Learn new technology quickly
- Perform & excel within integrated / fast-paced team environment
- Work nights & weekends as necessary
- Must be able to work outside of traditional 8a-5p hours
- Ongoing on-call expectations
ADA and Other Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: grasping,
talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.
- Remaining in a stationary position, often sitting or standing for prolonged
- Occasional movement throughout the workday daily to interact with staff and
- Communicating both verbally and written in order to exchange information
- Repeating motions of holding, grasping, turning, that may include the wrist,
hands, and/or fingers
- Light to moderate lifting and carrying
- Lift up to 50 pounds
- Work primarily in office environment
- Ability to operate office equipment, such as computer, copier, fax machine, and
- Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other
sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, tabulating data.
- Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people
and or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue,
- Comprehensive written information in work-related documents.
- Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.
Work is performed in an indoor office
environment and outdoors with moderate exposure to atmospheric conditions;
- Bachelor’s degree with related coursework.
- Policing practices & criminal justice system experience.
High school graduate or equivalent and seven years relevant experience.
Associate's Degree and five years relevant experience.
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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