Recruitment Announcement: Senior Public Information Officer, Community Outreach & Resilience


Recruitment announcement senior information officer community outreach & resilience

Job Description and Duties

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is recruiting for a Senior Public Information Officer for Community Outreach & Resilience.

Cal OES is a dynamic and fast-paced organization with a problem-solving mentality. The department takes pride in being innovative, agile and taking bold action to advance our mission of protecting Californians from hazards of all types.

The Office of Crisis Communication and Public Affairs is seeking a leader and experienced communicator with public education expertise, a passion for team and staff development, commitment to equity and the organizational skills to help drive the team forward. This role is a critical middle manager, providing senior leadership for a team of four communicators, within a larger growing team of 21 media professionals.

The ideal candidate works well under pressure and understands campaign-based education and outreach efforts. This position will guide media relations, communications, owned media and public information functions, while working closely with the Assistant Director of Crisis Communication and to ensure that the department’s communication strategy and tactics consistently delivers messages that motivate people to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

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Key responsibilities

  • Oversee day-to-day implementation of more than $60 million in public education and outreach initiatives targeted at supporting the most socially vulnerable Californians at risk for adverse impacts from natural disasters.
  • Lead education and outreach efforts to bolster the state’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency events.
  • Lead the dissemination of public information and resources to disaster survivors on how to access state and federal recovery programs.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with community-based organizations, Cal OES Grantees and local government public information officers. Acting as a resource for organizations interested in partnering with the state to build disaster resilience.
  • Promote and model a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
  • Builds and fosters relationships with local, state and federal media outlets, including TV, radio, and print, with special eye towards ethnic media and community-serving outlets.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director, Deputy Director, the Executive team, and our public relations vendors, develops cutting-edge disaster preparedness campaigns that pierce through the noise and move Californians to action.
  • Develops metrics to ensure communications and outreach strategies are successful.
  • Acts as a Cal OES spokesperson and represents the organization at a wide variety of local, state, and national events, presentations, briefings, conferences, and engagements.

Mission, Vision, Values

All Crisis Communication & Public Affairs employees are expected to model and publicly represent the office’s core tenets which include:


We alert, inform and empower all Californians to prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats and emergencies.


  • As we help Californians navigate emergencies:
  • We provide clear, consistent and accurate information.
  • We bring stability and reassurance with a compassionate and human-centered approach.
  • We are an inclusive partner who champions diversity and accessibility.
  • We foster a united, transparent and collaborative environment.
  • We support and uplift each other, encourage growth and celebrate successes.


  • Dedication
  • Compassion
  • Innovation
  • Integrity


SALARY: $6,695.00 – $8,319.00 Monthly

How to Apply

To learn more about this exciting opportunity access the CalCareers job posting.