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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST 1††††††††††††††††††††

(Bilingual)

(General)

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

††††††††††† This is public information and promotional work at the intermediate level.† Employees in this class prepare promotional and informational materials.† Employees in this class assist in implementing communications with the goal of enhancing the image of the City of Philadelphia and its departments and agencies, the Office of City Representative and affiliated programs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. A successful candidate will participate with promoting internal and external communications. A progressively expanding range and complexity of projects with a gradual increase in the level of responsibility is assigned as employees gain experience in the work.† Work is performed under the supervision of a technical superior and / or the City Representative.

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS:†† (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

BILINGUAL SPECIALTY

 

††††††††††† Participates in obtaining information on current issues affecting non-English language speaking community; maintains a mailing list of persons active in the various community groups; writes and/or translates informational and educational newspaper articles, radio scripts, pamphlets, leaflets, speeches and brochures.

 

BOTH SPECIALTIES

 

         Receives general instructions in the techniques of †researching information, writing and arranging for broadcast and publication of news and other materials on the objectives, functions, and accomplishments of the City and the department;

         Assists public relations staff in the planning of informational programs for publicizing City and departmental functions utilizing a variety of news media, including social media.

         Develops and improves techniques useful in the arrangement of materials for the release of materials to reporters, and editors and newspaper and broadcasting media; participates with communications staff in working with partners and key stakeholders †in government , business, education and the general community on planning programs and arranging materials for public consumption.

         Performs related work as required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

ABILITY TO:

 

         Strategize and evaluate various subject matter materials critically from the standpoint of listener, viewer or reader interest

         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders such as event partners, sponsors associates, the public, local, civic and business officials, and news organizations

         Develop print and electronic communications.

         Develop and manage departmentís website content and manage current and expanding social media strategies and outreach.†

         Write in multiple styles, formats and different types of writing (public relations, business, ceremonial documents, etc.)

         Develop written material for content, style, punctuation and syntax.

         Prepare speeches, event programs, and other special events and ceremonial documents for internal and external use, as needed.

         Ability to track and demonstrate results of media coverage.

         Work collaboratively and creatively to support public relations team, the functions of the department and its related activities.

         Speak, read and write fluently in a specified non-English language and the English language for the Bilingual specialty

         Be proactive and flexible in accommodating change in a fast-paced environment.

         Work effectively under pressure to meet strict deadlines.

         Demonstrate organizational and time-management skills.

         Present and maintain positive stories in the news media including the emerging social media or other online/digital marketing.

         Prioritize work duties and communicate in a clear, concise manner.

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE† (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.† Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/12.)

 

EDUCATION:

 

††††††††††† Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work communications, marketing, public relations in journalism, or a related area.

 

AND

EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† One year experience in communications, creative marketing or public relations that has included planning and facilitating special events for a governmental agency.

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OR

 

††††††††††† Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which includes a bachelor's degree as an education minimum.

 

BILINGUAL SPECIALTY

 

††††††††††† Sufficient training to be able to read, write and speak effectively in the specified non-English language required by the job assignment.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

††††††††††† Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Class Established - 7/67

Spec. Revision: CSC - 10/91; Ad. Board - 12/91

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC - 8/12; Ad. Board - 9/12

 

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