University of Utah Public Relations Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 01/14/2019
Requisition Number PRN19374B
Job Title Public Relations Specialist
Working Title Public Relations Specialist
Job Grade E
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary
Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm depending on departmental needs.
VP Area President
Department 00471 - Public Safety
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 45000 to 68000 DOE
Open Until Filled Yes
Under limited supervision, this civilian position is responsible for the development and communication of a variety of public information and media relations programs, services and activities designed to keep the public informed of the Police Department’s programs, accomplishments and position on current issues. Reports to the Police Chief.
1. Plans, researches, develops, coordinates and implements programs, events, strategies and activities to promote a positive image of the Department of Public Safety.
2. Develops content and design of all publications and on-line media.
3. Informs the public about events, activities and accomplishments; researches available resources and best practices initiatives for communicating Police events and other information to the public.
4. Manages media relations on a departmental basis including but not limited to:
- Responds to media inquiries on routine, emergency, sensitive and controversial matters;
- Coordinates news conferences
- Develops and issues news releases
- Fact sheets and other informational materials;
- Serves as a resource for and assists the Police Department employees with media inquiries
- Monitors news coverage of university activities, programs, policies and actions
- Maintains news clipping file
6. Prepares and distributes statements; conducts television, radio, or newspaper interviews as requested
7. Provides media coaching to staff as needed.
8. Serves as a liaison to the University Marketing and Communications group.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Challenges associated with this position include planning and developing publications that are effective in promoting or increasing the interest and awareness of the University Department of Public Safety to the community, while remaining within budget. The incumbent determines how best to design and implement effective communications and marketing campaigns in order to communicate messages that attract interest and participation.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, related field or equivalency; three years relevant experience required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communications skills also required.
Expertise with local media markets and knowledge of statewide, regional and national media preferred. Five years experience as a public relations practitioner or related field may be preferred.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Law Enforcement – Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and the democratic political process.
Requires a comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state and federal criminal history check; sex offender registry and credit check. A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
The University of Utah Employee Health Care Plan has three Plan Design Options and two Network Options from which employees can choose. Please reference the link below for information regarding University of Utah Health Benefits, Retirement, Life insurance and any additional benefit inquiries you may have.
University of Utah employees receive free public transit on both theUTATrax andUTAbus systems.
University of Utah employees receive reduced tuition once they meet specific eligibility rules.
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Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSare subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.