Do you have the skills to engage a diverse community on important issues? Do you want to be a liaison and present programs to increase public awareness in Springfield? If so, you might consider applying for the City of Springfield Police Community Outreach Coordinator.
The City of Springfield is dedicated to providing exceptional service, with emphasis on fairness and equity, to all our constituents. We respect differences, knowing that both in government and in the community, strength comes from combining all of what we know. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Under the supervision of the Office of the Chief of Police, the Community Outreach Coordinator represents the Police Department through a variety of routine to complex duties related to public outreach, education, and information sharing in support of Police Department efforts. This position assists in creating, developing, coordinating, and implementing community outreach programs to improve and maintain relationships between police and the community.
Summary of Essential Duties:
Works largely in coordinating dissemination of information, conducting public outreach, and engaging citizens in Police Department programs including Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Police Academy, and other community crime prevention meetings.
Develops and maintains programs, information, outreach and education materials including brochures, information packets, flyers, guides and other documents and materials.
Prepares and presents information on a variety of Police Department related topics in a clear, concise and informative matter; makes effective presentations at public meetings or forums that may include public and private organizations, City staff and the media.
Attends meetings and activities outside normal business hours including evenings and weekends and holidays.
Responds to phone calls and questions relating to Police program issues, referring to appropriate police units, city departments, or outside agencies.
Ensures compliance with applicable department policies and procedures, and Local, State and Federal laws.
Actively supports an inclusive and respectful work environment.
Please see attached Job Addendum for additional information about this position.
Education and Experience:
Completion, or equivalent, of a two year accredited college or university program with coursework in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a related field.
1-2 years progressively responsible professional experience disseminating and communicating information to the public.
Preference may be given to candidates with:
1. Prior work experience in the field of public relations, marketing, or similar with a municipal police or sheriffs department
2. Bilingual in Spanish (read, write and speak)
Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.
Have no convictions that could have resulted in a sentence to a federal or state penitentiary (i.e. felony convictions), or misdemeanors directly related to position;
Must meet minimum physical and psychological requirements as defined by a physician;
Must be able to work a flexible schedule which includes working evening, weekends, and holidays;
Must refrain from the use of tobacco products while on duty This is a condition of employment.
Must not be impaired by alcohol, drugs or medication while performing work (Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace)
*Please note that the Springfield Police Department has a personal appearance policy, which includes but is not limited to: No visible tattoos are allowed while on-duty; no body piercing (some exceptions for ear piercings), hair must be neat and not pose any safety issues, "alterations" to any area of the body that is not concealed by authorized uniform or attire. If you have specific questions about the personal appearance policy, please email HR@springfield-or.gov
Licensing and Certification:
A valid State of Oregon Drivers license at the time of appointment and ability to maintain;
Pass Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background requirements; (including fingerprints)
Possession of or ability to obtain a Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) certification within three (3) months of hire, and renewal every two (2) years
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
City and Department organization, policies, and procedures including law enforcement terminology and practices;
Computer applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher), and traditional and social media platforms;
Effective communications and marketing techniques;
Basic mathematical computations;
Work under steady pressure using independent judgment and personal initiative with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone and in person;
Exercise good judgment in maintaining critical and sensitive information, records, and reports;
Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing including public presentations to small and large audiences; correct English usage for grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
Organize, plan, schedule and execute work to meet deadlines;
Coordinate the activities of others;
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community;
Working effectively with clients, co-workers, employees and supervisors from diverse backgrounds.
Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Mobility to work in standard office setting and use standard office equipment. Mobility and physical strength/stamina to respond to emergency situations and accidents. Must be able to work indoors and outdoors in a broad range of inclement/adverse weather conditions and be exposed to moderately high noise levels.
Required to work evenings conducting individual and group meetings. Required to travel extensively around the City of Springfield including high crime areas. Required to stand for long periods of time during presentations and programs. Frequent driving is required to attend meetings at schools, community facilities, businesses, neighborhood groups, and with other departments.
Requires dealing with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous people. Includes conflict situations. Includes potential exposure to disease or infections. Requires exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings. Requires wearing common and specialized protective or safety equipment.
Testing and Selection:
Testing for qualified candidates is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Wednesday and/or Thursday, February 21 and 22, 2018 (depending on the number of applicants). Please reserve these dates in the event you are invited to testing. Testing will cost $15.00; cash or check only. Applicants invited to test will receive email confirmation with the exact date/time/location for the testing event. Those candidates invited to test will be asked to provide identification and proof of 40 wpm, net typing speed.
Free typing tests are available between 8:00am and 5:00pm at Lane Workforce Network, 2510 Oakmont Way in Eugene (541/686-7601). Check in at reception and ask to take the typing to test to get verification for the City Springfield. Typing verification from an Employment Agency may also be used. Online testing scores will not be accepted, unless they are administered by a reputable agency. Free online typing tests such as 'TypingTest.com' are NOT acceptable. The typing test must be dated within the last 6 months.
Top candidates will be invited to interview. Candidates will be emailed directly with additional information. All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veterans Preference in Public Employment Law.
Candidates considered for the Police Community Outreach Coordinator position will be identified through a series of screening tools and tests including an Employment Application, Qualifying Questionnaire, Written Test, Physical Ability Test, Psychological Exam, Comprehensive Background, Medical Examination to include drug screening for controlled substances, and Oral Interviews.
How to Apply:
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaire must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The Apply for this Job link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking Apply for this Job below, please preview the application and questionnaire (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below). Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time. Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who have submitted a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received. If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position. We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us. Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.
Veterans Preference Points:
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Blomquist at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov for more information.
Additional Information and Forms:
NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.