The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeking candidates for the position of Public Information Officer (PIO).
This is an exciting career opportunity with responsibility for managing all aspects of the District’s social media presence, community relations and public outreach. The PIO is the District’s liaison with external groups and the media and is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the successful outreach and education programs already in place. The incumbent will utilize various and creative methods to educate Placer County residents about mosquitoes, ticks, yellow jackets and the associated public health risks.
The Ideal Candidate
Will be forward thinking and possess the ability to maintain and improve cutting edge projects such as:
-Maintaining and advancing the District’s outreach programs to advise the public of District activities and raise public awareness in areas with increased levels of public health risk using a range of traditional and digital media. -Assessing impact of public information campaigns on behavior change related to personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites and transmission of vector-borne disease. -Incorporate innovative techniques and tools to better identify, reach, and assess impact of District campaigns on target demographics. -Manage a range of public relations areas of integrated vector(pest) management, mosquito control activities, use of unmanned aircraft, public health risk prevention, crisis communication and regulatory and legislative issues. -Work with District Management to develop, implement and manage District public information campaigns that support the District strategic and operational goals and objectives. -Will be committed to maintaining connections within and between District departments, partner agencies, state associations, and local public information committees and contacts.
Will bring experience in implementing public information, community engagement, and marketing campaigns with the goal of changing behavior. Will also have experience running public meetings/forums, coordinating public events, and internal communications while effectively balancing work both in and away from the office.
Will have demonstrated strong technical communication skills as well as the ability to design and implement creative and effective methods to communicate with residents of Placer County. The ability to understand and convey the public health aspect of the District’s work is also key.
Will effectively utilize the media budget to conduct public engagement research, utilize local television and radio resources, maintain and update the District’s website, and maximize the use of social media to effectively deliver District messages.
Will bring experience in assessing and measuring the efficacy and impact of public information campaigns using a variety of metrics such as surveys, focus groups, social media analytics, etc.
The Public Information Officer is a unique position requiring strong technical and managerial skills.
A typical way of attaining the necessary skills includes a Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in marketing, journalism, public relations, communications, business or related area and three (3) years of increasing responsible full-time work in the areas of communication, journalism, advertising or public relations.
Possession of a master’s degree and prior public information officer experience in a municipal public agency and/or public health setting is a plus.
The deadline to apply is July 19, 2019 before 11:30 PM PST. To be considered for this exciting opportunity, Click Here to apply
Additional Salary Information: Benefits
The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District also offers a competitive benefits package, including California Public Employees Retirement System pension, medical, dental, and vision for both the employee and qualified dependents, training and continuing education, deferred compensation, and other optional benefits available.
About Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District
The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District strives to reduce mosquito and other vector populations, promote awareness of vectors and vector-borne diseases, and decrease health risks to residents in Placer County.
In 2015 the District developed a strategic plan to focus their efforts in providing services. The plan included initiatives for innovation.
The District’s Drone program for vector control is one goal achieved as a result of the strategic plan. This program has proven to be successful and the District is a leader Statewide in this area.