SEMINOLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
DOWNLOAD THE PRE-SCREEN QUESTIONNAIRE HERE
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now accepting pre-screen questionnaires for Senior Public Information Officer (PIO)
. This position serves as an official spokesperson for the agency in external communications with the media regarding Sheriff's Office operations, programs and events as directed; writes and edits copy for in-house news, public news releases, feature stories, pamphlets, scripts, and agency newsletters; responds to media requests for interviews; arranges and coordinates news conferences; conducts inter-agency interviews in compiling information, acts in a lead capacity by providing technical guidance and assistance to other unit personnel as it relates to media, coordinates and/or participates in the research and written dissemination of news releases, newsletters, and other informational materials to newspapers, television, radio and other communications and manages social media content. In addition, the Senior PIO must maintain a strong working knowledge of Florida’s Public Records Law (Chapter 119) and authorizes the release of information in accordance with state statute and agency policy. The salary for this position starts at $38,168-$49,566 yearly depending on applicable experience. Pre-screen Questionnaires are being accepted until March 31, 2017.
Minimum qualifications for the position listed above include the following:
All candidates must fully complete and then submit a pre-screen questionnaire which can be secured by clicking here or by visiting the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Information Desk located at 100 Eslinger Way Sanford, Florida 32773. The pre-screen questionnaire may be submitted via email to email@example.com or by hand delivering to the Information Desk.
- Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, or related field, and five (5) years progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement, journalism, or in a news media organization; or an equivalent combination of related training and experience.
- Must be willing to work on call.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License.
Each applicant must have a Background Investigation Waiver (included with the pre-screener questionnaire package) notarized. Failure to have this document completed and submitted with your pre-screen questionnaire will disqualify your application. Any costs associated to the completion of this form are the responsibility of the applicant. The Sheriff’s Office does not provide notary service for this form
Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit an entire employment application which will be provided to the applicant by Human Resources. The applicant will then submit to a thorough background investigation, which includes, but not limited to, past employment/education verification, driver’s license review, credit history, prior drug use history, arrest/conviction record, and computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA). A certified examiner administers the CVSA with questions addressing illegal drug use and general questions of honesty and criminal history. Any dishonesty or deception on the pre-screen questionnaire or employment application will disqualify your application.
The background investigation process may take 3-6 months depending upon the complexity of the applicant’s background. Applicants selected for employment will be provided a conditional offer and required to submit to a medical examination with drug screening.
Candidates for employment must comply with the Body Ornamentation policy which includes tattoos, brands, intentional body/tongue piercing (not including normal piercing of the earlobe for earrings) or mutilation and dental ornamentation. “Visible” is defined as body ornamentation that is visible on the arm below the sleeve of a short sleeve or golf-style shirt or above the collar of a short sleeve or golf-style shirt. Any visible body ornamentation must be disclosed at the time of application.
Applicants who are not selected for employment will receive written notification from Human Resources, to include justification based on the following disqualifiers: negative background, failure to meet minimum qualifications as outlined in the specific job description, or any additional information discovered during the interview process. Applicants will be eligible to reapply with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office after one year from the date of notification.
Please direct any questions to:
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
Human Resources Division
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford FL 32773
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to a diverse work force, is a drug free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.