0891 Mayoral Staff XI

Communications Aide

Recruitment #PEX-0891-094281

Introduction

The primary role of the Communications Aide is to ensure that the Mayor’s objectives and achievements are communicated effectively to the media, execute the Mayor’s press strategy, draft responses to media inquiries, develop policy stories, draft and send press releases and manage press events. The role requires tracking the Mayor’s policy initiatives and accomplishments, making decisions about what to promote, working to shape messaging, and carrying out responsibilities in timely, effective and well-ordered fashion.

 

Distinguishing Features

Incumbents may report to the Mayor, Division Heads, Division Deputy Directors and/or other supervisory Mayoral Staff; these positions are responsible for a variety of functions and activities for the Office of the Mayor. Positions in this class are exempt from Civil Service appointment (Charter Section 10.104.1) as they are unique to the Office of the Mayor and function to implement and administer the policies of the Mayor and may also assign and evaluate the work of other employees of the Mayoral staff.

These positions may have considerable impact on policy determination, on the implementation and/or management of Mayoral policies, goals and objectives and may have frequent contact with policy making boards, commissions, boards, committees, other agencies, the public, staff and the Mayor.

 

Supervision Exercised

May provide supervision to subordinate staff and/or assume responsibility for coordinating projects.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

Examples of Essential Duties:

 

·         Reports to the Communications Director and Deputy Communications Director 

·         Coordinate responses to press inquiries among department public information officers.

·         Compose and edit press releases, quotes, statements, talking points, and briefing documents.

·         Draft and post social media and website content.

·         Identify timely issues and inquiries and draft responses to be approved and sent.

·         Plan and coordinate press announcements including identifying locations, contacting media, facilitating the event, drafting and finalizing press releases, talking points and briefing materials.

·         Staff Mayor at press events including interfacing with press, coordinating event logistics and managing interviews with press.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; analytical and problem-solving skills; an ability to navigate political issues; a high degree of professionalism; the ability to navigate difficult or opposing interests or objectives; and experience working in government or political campaigns.

Education:

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public relations, journalism, English, mass communications, political science, public administration, public policy or a closely related field. 

Experience:

Two (2) years of professional experience in communications, media relations, or politically-related fields.

 

 

 

 

Selection Plan

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Daniella Mattias by email at daniella.mattias@sfgov.org.

Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


Issued: March 14, 2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0891-094281
MYR/DM/554-6486

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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