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Date: Jan 12, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 27935 

Agency: Division of Emergency Management

Working Title: PRESS SECRETARY - 31001118

Position Number: 31001118 

Salary:  $40,000 - $50,000 

Posting Closing Date: 01/24/2018 



  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of related experience in communications or public relations.
  • Proficient in working in a fast-paced environment and functions independently.
  • Experience working with reporters from different mediums and markets and comfortable speaking on the record.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.
  • Detail oriented, organized, and committed to communicating and perpetuating the DEM mission.
  • Government communications experience is preferred, but not required.



Inform media about the programs, projects, and initiatives of the Division as the primary spokesperson of the agency.

Identify media opportunities and strategies to proactively communicate the Division’s mission and provide clear, concise and consistent information to the public.

Draft, edit, and approve press releases, press advisories, agency statements, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor.

Serve as a Public Information Officer (PIO) for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and oversee the operations of ESF 14 (External Affairs) during activations.

Responsible for maintaining a current listing of contact information (phone numbers and email address) for media outlets (print, television, radio, internet, etc.) statewide. Maintains the ability to focus media messaging to specific areas of the state and target messages based on the disaster.

Responsible for dissemination of daily news clips and information along with breaking news items to the leadership of the Division.

Develop internal and external communication in keeping with the Division’s objectives. Update and maintain the Division’s newsletter for both internal and external distribution.



Knowledge of print, radio and television formats and industry protocols.

Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) writing style for news releases and print communications.

Skills in public speaking.

Skills in writing, editing and oral communications.

Ability to develop, maintain and manage on-going relationships with news media representatives.

Ability to coordinate multiple tasks under high stress situations.

Ability to interact and communicate with high level officials.



In response to emergency events, Division of Emergency Management employees may be required to work irregular hours, to work more than 8 hours per day, to work extended periods (including weekends and holidays), to work at locations other than their official headquarters, and to perform duties in addition to those outlined in the employee’s position description.  Employees must be able to deploy to emergency sites with limited advance notice.

You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order for us to conduct the background check and a drug test.

All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida Employment Application.


E-VERIFY STATEMENT:  The Executive Office of the Governor - Division of Emergency Management participates in the U.S. governments employment eligibility verification program (e-verify).  E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee's eligibility to work in the united states after completion of the employment eligibility verification from (i-9).


REMINDERS:  Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 


DEM appreciates the service and sacrifices made by veterans and their family members. Further, DEM recognizes the immeasurable value veterans bring to the workplace and is committed to increasing the number of veterans that serve in its workforce.


BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT:  It is the policy of the Florida Division of Emergency Management that any applicants who will be considered or recommended for an employment opportunity undergo Level 2 background screening.  This is in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment.

No applicants for a designated position will be employed until the Level 2 screening and drug test results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Agency.

Level 2 back ground screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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