Deputy Press Secretary

Company: Florida Department of Corrections


Contact Person: Kristin Marino

Application Deadline: February 15, 2023


This advertisement is for a Career Service position located at Central Office in the Office of Public Affairs.

Salary Range: $50,055.72 – $55,000.14 Annually



Respond to questions regarding inmates, institutions, probationers, and statistical research in corrections field from national, international, and statewide media, the public and other state agencies.
Assist with the annual report or other in-house publications; assists with writing, laying out and production of said publications, including newsletter, brochures, fact sheets, slide shows, videos and other projects as needed.
Assists in advising institutional personnel about the Department’s media relations policies and procedures through daily contact with the institutions, probation, and parole offices, and other FDC facilities concerning media requests and visits.
Answer the public affairs press line and respond to calls from media and citizens.
Write and distribute press releases and media advisories as assigned.
Assist with agency recruitment efforts, to include creative content and marketing job fairs.
Provide staff support to agency leadership at events.
Researches and analyzes statues, correctional policies, best practices, trends, and other information.
Assists in coordinating with subject matter experts to research issues and prepare appropriate response/recommendations for communications initiatives. Responds to questions regarding inmates, institutions, probationers, statistical research in corrections field from national, international, and statewide media, the general public and other state agencies.
Coordinates news media and media witnesses in the event of an execution by contacting the Florida Association of Broadcasters (FAB) and the Florida Press Association (FPA) when a death warrant is signed; act as liaison between the FAB and FPA and Florida State Prison as media witnesses and circumstances of the execution change; provides non-witness news media with relevant information as the execution process progresses.
Arranges interviews between reporters and inmates by contacting the designated institution to determine approval or disapproval from the inmates, reviewing the reporters’ credentials and determining when and how the interview will take place.
Assists in developing and distributing standardized departmental policy related to the operation of the Public Affairs Office to DC personnel regarding media relations, requests, and visitors.
Advises and visits regional and local facilities for the purpose of developing localized information and media relations programs and strategies.


Knowledge of the principles and techniques of public relations, public information, mass communications, journalism, news reporting, editing, advertising, marketing, or photography.
Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. AP style a plus.
Knowledge of social media platforms and best practices to maximize its use.
Ability to use independent judgment in handling media inquiries and news releases.
Ability to research topics and write articles or prepare information for dissemination.
Ability to conduct interviews for internal news articles.
Ability to coordinate the planning, preparation and dissemination of news releases, newsletters, speeches, and other materials.
Ability to develop and coordinate films, radio shows and television spot announcements.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Knowledge of the rules of grammar and punctuation.
Ability to analyze information and public relations needs.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.


Please note, when submitting a college/university degree, if selected for this position official transcripts will be required.

A bachelor’s degree or higher and at least 2 years professional experience or at least 5 years in the communications profession.
Professional or nonprofessional experiences as described above can substitute on a year- for- year basis for the required college education.

Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge, and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.

How to Apply

Job Originally Posted on: Wednesday, February 8, 2023