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Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College

Community Safety Outreach Coordinator


Full Time


Annandale, VA
October 7, 2022
October 9, 2022

Job Description

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream “Leader College,” NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff.

With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVA’s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nation’s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas.

NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

General Description: The Community Safety Outreach Coordinator is responsible for building relationships and enhancing the safety and security of the NOVA community. The Community Safety Outreach Coordinator will serve as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies, share important safety and security information with the NOVA community and enhance the NOVA Police Department’s reputation as a resource for faculty, staff and students. The Community Safety Outreach Coordinator is responsible for developing engaging social media content across a myriad of NOVA platforms with the aim to build brand awareness, connection, and a sense of community. Must work across the College to advance storytelling and brand awareness efforts to include but not limited to students, faculty, staff and College leadership.

This is a civilian position within the NOVA Police Department.

Duties and Tasks: Specific outreach duties include:

  • Develop and execute outreach programs that align with the goals of the College and the NOVA Police Department while promoting the image of both and working with other internal and external entities to provide accurate, timely and appropriate information
  • Create and present safety and security-related training for NOVA campuses, facilities and surrounding communities
  • Design content including images, graphics and videos for social media use
  • Maintain the NOVA Police website in partnership with College Web Services
  • Develop and continually grow the department’s social media presence with engaging and informative content
  • Sponsor outreach activities on campus
  • Prepare and distribute NOVA’s monthly Public Safety Newsletter
  • Distribute safety and security information and resources
  • Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies on outreach events
  • Maintain activities database of presentations and training events.

Special Assignments

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications

Required KSAs:

  • Proven ability to manage a brand or organization’s social presence across platforms and successfully engage followers
  • Knowledge of and ability to keep up with latest trends, business models, social media policies and evolving web/SEO technologies
  • High degree of professionalism and ability to work successfully within a cross-functional team and members of NOVA’s wider community
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills, editing, web, social media and marketing knowledge
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft (PC) office applications, Photoshop
  • Knowledge of AP Stylebook guidelines and web products such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Sprout Social along with how best to use them as marketing tools to promote the department
  • Ability to become certified in community outreach areas of expertise (such as crime prevention)
  • Ability to follow instructions and meet deadlines
  • Qualified to operate a state vehicle

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in communications, social media, journalism, marketing or related field or equivalent to experience/training or combination of both education and experience/training
  • Significant experience in public speaking
  • Some experience in promoting educational programs and services
  • Website functionality
  • Successfully pass a thorough background investigation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a college/university environment
  • Some experience working in Google Analytics and social media analytics
  • Experience in publication development
  • Ability to speak another language
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