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Metropolitan Police Department Washington, DC
Metropolitan Police Department Washington, DC

Deputy Director, Office of Communications


Full Time


Washington, DC
April 21, 2022
May 2, 2022

Job Description

This position is located in the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Executive Office of the Chief of Police (EOCOP), Office of Communications.

The incumbent is a part of the Communications leadership team and serves as the Deputy Director. He/she manages information flow between MPD and the media within the framework of established laws, regulations, policies, and directives.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

- Plans, designs, and executes a program involving select strategic communications, news media, writing, editing, web management, and marketing projects, as well as other public services.

- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with members of the press group interested in MPD’s activities or performance.

- Manages the overall implementation of marketing and advertising campaigns, coordinates the writing, design, and production of marketing materials for all departmental programs.

- Oversees the visual content and writes and edits written content for issuance and publications.

- Receives and responds to information requests from the news media and the public, which often requires a detailed explanation of negative comments made on the performance of the department in a particular situation; and coordinates public relation activities, including preparation of any other related materials.

- Provides assistance and consultation to staff in initiating and maintaining direct contact with the public, specialized groups, and community entities concerned with the services of the department.

- Advises management of attitude of the public and users of the services, as well as, achievements and criticisms.

- Directs special events and other activities intended to develop interest in the department’s programs.

- Researches and gathers background information for speeches; produces other communication writing, including press releases, press advisories, newsletters, campaign designs for offline and online educational and marketing tools.

- Researches, defines, and negotiates media buys. Initiates media coverage of the Police Department to highlight efforts, accomplishments, and/or investigative updates.

- Engages and interacts with audiences through department social media outlets utilizing various social media platforms.

- Provides supervision; plans work to be accomplished by subordinates and sets priorities and schedules for the completion of work.

- Assigns work based on priorities, expectation of assignments, and capabilities of employees.

- Establishes performance standards and determines work plans and evaluates performance of subordinates.

- Provides advice, counsels and instructs individual employees on both work and administrative matters. Interviews candidates for office positions; makes recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment of office positions. Receives and resolves complaints from employees; refers group grievances and serious unresolved complaints to the Director.

- Documents disciplinary action on minor issues and recommends action to Director for more serious cases.

- Approves and disapproves leave. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees and makes provision for such activities.

- Performs other related duties as assigned.

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