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Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Boulder County Sheriff's Office

Public Information Officer II


Full Time


Boulder, CO
March 9, 2023
$95,652 - $137,760
March 20, 2023

Job Description

Public Information Officer II is a supervisory level classification. The Public Information Officer II performs complex duties in preparing and disseminating information for the Sheriff’s Office and supervises a Departmental Communications Specialist.  The PIO II reports to the Sheriff.FLSA Status: ExemptBoulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Boulder County requires its employees to reside in the state of Colorado as of the first day of work.PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your application be sure to include all relevant education and experience, as applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in this position announcement. Applications that do not appear to meet minimum qualifications, as outlined below, will not be considered. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completed applications.Please be aware that your cover letter and resume will not be accessed in the initial screening process, so you must complete your application and supplemental questions with as much detail as possible. Any personally identifiable information (PII) such as name and address will be redacted from applications that meet the minimum screening requirements and are forwarded to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager selects you to advance in the hiring process, your cover letter and resume will then be accessible to the hiring team.   Must pass the below testing stages:

  • Background investigation including an FBI fingerprint check
  • Polygraph exam
  • Drug screening
  • Job Suitability exam
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license.

Examples of Duties


Examples of Duties

1. Writes and distributes press releases to a variety of media representatives.

2. Writes and distributes internal communications.

3. Designs and prepares presentations, including slide shows, fact sheets, brochures, displays, charts, etc. Provide coaching on talking points prior to executive and command level personnel providing media interviews.

4. Schedules, arranges, and handles logistics for special events, press conferences, etc.

5. Interprets data and develops format for presentation of data to agencies and the public.

6. Responds to inquiries regarding Sheriff’s Office activities and refers to appropriate          departments or agencies when necessary.

7. Supervises, counsels, and evaluates the work of other employees and recommends personnel actions in the areas of hiring, discipline, and termination.

8. Oversees Sheriff’s Office social media accounts .

9. Lead the Emergency Operations Center Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 team

  1. Respond to the EOC when activated.
  2. Act as the Lead PIO for the incident
  3. Maintain OEM blog.
  4. Participate in JIS / JIC
  5. Provide social media content to support the disaster response and recovery.
  6. Support alert and warning through consistent and up to date messaging.
  7. Media interviews
  8. Schedule staffing and maintain timesheets
  9. Submit daily situation reports
  10. Participate in Hotwash/AAR’s post-incident

10. Keep the JIS / JIC Plan and ESF 15 Annex up to date. 11.  Conduct trainings for City and County PIO’s.12. Participate in the Multi-Agency Coordinating System monthly meeting and trainings13. Create content, maintain, and monitor social media for the OEM/ODM related to emergency preparedness initiatives.14. Performs related work as required.15.  Assists Sheriff and command staff with branding, marketing, and recruiting strategies.

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience:    

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is looking for well qualified candidates to fill our positions. Any combination of relevant education and experience is encouraged. In this position, we are looking for a minimum of 8 years of combined education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of media operations and procedures. Thorough knowledge of current English usage and various journalistic styles. Skill in photography. Ability to compose press releases, brochures, and presentations. Ability to provide in-person, on-camera and/or on-air interviews.   Structure and manage live or recorded press conferences.  In-depth knowledge and use of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  Ability to work effectively with other employees, agencies, and the public.   Ability to respond to major events such as wildland fires, long lasting search and rescue operations, and law enforcement incidents which draw significant media attention.  Must be able to deal with information that is of confidential and/or unpleasant nature.  

Preferred Qualifications: Bi-lingual and bi-cultural (particularly Spanish). Prior experience in law enforcement public information officer role. Prior supervisory experience.

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