This position is with the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Department: Office of Economic Development
At the direction of the President's communications team or at the request of the Department/Bureau Head, the Public Information Officer is responsible for assisting in the drafting or review of internal and/or external communications providing information to the public, other County Departments, Bureaus or agencies, and the press or other media relative to points of information, programs, policies, procedures, processes, operations and other relevant information regarding the Department/Bureau. Assist the Department/Bureau in the management of its communications and the time and manner of policy and/or operational communications. Provides accurate and supportive press coverage of Department/Bureau efforts and accomplishments of the Department/Bureau and coordinating agencies thereof as required. Works directly with the President's communications team to authorize any quotes or statements to be issued by the Department/Bureau or the President or his/her designee. Assists in drafting communications and correspondence or reviews such communications on behalf of the President or Department/Bureau Head or his/her designees and assists in drafting newsletters, resolutions, congratulatory letters, press releases or proclamations as directed. May collaborate with and supports other departments in Offices under the President concerning communication matters as it relates to Cook County Government operations. At the direction of the Department/Bureau Head and the President or his/her designee, may also serve as a communications representative or advisor to other departments in
Offices under the President as needed. May speak on behalf of, the Department/Bureau Head, as necessary and approved by the President's Department of Public Affairs and Communications. Assists the Office of the President in the response of Freedom of Information requests.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Represents the Department/Bureau Head and his/her administration before the media and coordinating media access to the President as authorized by the President's communications team.
Participates in or attends confidential discussions with the Department/Bureau Head and executives and other staff to respond to media and public inquiries or to address communication of various County programs, initiatives, responses, policies or procedures to the media, public, or other County agencies.
Works with the Department/Bureau Head or his/her designee to develop strategies for internal and/or public dissemination of County information and programs regarding Department/Bureau directives, policies and procedures.
May assist in the development of communications responsive to proposed legislation of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
May compile press clippings or may be requested to organize and manage the photo and press release/speech archive for records and ease of reference.
Composes or compiles reports, and other documentation as requested to inform the President's communications team or President or Commissioners or Department/Bureau Head regarding Department/Bureau programs, policies and/or procedures.
Prepares press briefs for the Department/Bureau Head as approved by the President's communications team; anticipates questions and assists the Department/Bureau Head in preparing documentation and appropriate responses for the press, media, or to respond to internal and external inquiries.
Assists in the development of the overall communication program for the Department/Bureau, including the development of Department/Bureau goals and objectives.
Assists in interdepartmental development and improvement of operations, processes, and procedures through collaborative partnerships with peers and stakeholders.
May assist the County's Freedom of Information Officer, consulting with the Department's/Bureau's Legal Counsel and President's Counsel or communications team as necessary in response to said inquiries.
May assist in the training or dissemination of training or other Department/Bureau related materials to staff and members of the public.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to provide concise but thorough communication regarding directives, policies and procedures.
Ability to call, manage and attend any press briefings for the Bureau/Department Head or President in relation to Department issues as approved by the President's communications team
Knowledge of public relations and proper rhetoric and knowledge of the press and media.
Ability to learn and understand Cook County Government and County operations, policies and procedures.
Skill in speech writing and composing material for public release or presentation, including advisory communications.
Good oral and writing skills; ability to formulate clear and concise language; excellent communication skills; bilingual in Spanish and English.
Skill in editing documents.
Ability to handle sensitive public relations matters.