Deputy Press Secretary

Company: Department of Economic Opportunity


Contact Person: DEO's Office of Communications and External Affairs - [email protected]

Application Deadline: March 12, 2014


The Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Office of Communications and External Affairs is responsible for sharing information internally and externally, proactively and reactively, related to the newest state agency in Florida. This is an opportunity to join a team of communications professionals in a fast-paced, highly visible government agency.

The Deputy Press Secretary works alongside DEO’s Communications team to organize, develop, and implement communications strategies for the agency. The primary responsibilities in this position are in public relations and communications in an effort to promote a positive public image among DEO’s various audiences. The Deputy Press Secretary collaborates with the Press Secretary and Communications and External Affairs Director, as well as other divisions in the organization, to respond to media inquiries, coordinate internal and external messaging, and assist with projects as needed. The Deputy Press Secretary also contributes to organization-wide design, message, and content generation, including electronic and print communications.

Responsibilities Include:

Media Relations –
Receive and acknowledge incoming inquiries from members of the media.
Research and prepare responses to inquiries.
Coordinate response with related program area expert, Press Secretary, and Communications Director and senior management as needed.
Conduct media relations for selected events in coordination with Press Secretary and External Affairs Manager.
Compile and distribute agency-relevant news clips and media call reports.
Electronic/New Media –
Work with Communications staff to ensure ongoing improvement of website.
Manage DEO’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
Actively monitor DEO’s online reputation.
Publications –
Manage creation, production, and dissemination of printed and electronic publications for internal education, development, and administration purposes.
Write and distribute press releases.
Compile agency information for weekly, monthly, and annual reports.
Administrative –
Answer the Communications Office phone line, transfer calls, and take messages.
Manage the agency’s Brand and Style Guidelines.
Conduct other administrative duties for Communications and agency as needed.

This is a temporary position (OPS) to be filled at an hourly rate within the range of $20 – $26 per hour.


Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Ability to provide information succinctly, accurately, and clearly in verbal and written communiques.
Experience or training in public and media relations.
Attention to detail and grammar accuracy.
Proficiency with most Microsoft Office applications and other commonly-used programs.
Good interpersonal skills.
Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish is desired but not required.

How to Apply

Through PeopleFirst:

This position’s advertisement may also be viewed by registering on the EmployFlorida Marketplace website at Information on other state agencies’ vacancies and private sector jobs may also be viewed on this site.

Applicants are required to apply through the People First system within the closing date, by either applying on-line or faxing completed application. Please attach all related forms when applying or you may fax them within the closing date to 1-888-403-2110. Or, if you prefer, you may mail them to: People First Staffing Administration, P. O. Box 44058, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Include the requisition number on both the application and additional forms. All documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement. If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. (TTY/TDD 1-800-955-8771 or the Florida Relay Service – 711.)

Equal Opportunity is the Law

It is against the law for this recipient of Federal financial assistance to discriminate on the following bases: against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief; and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), on the bases of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or his/her participation in any WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity.

If you think you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination under a WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer, or the Director, Civil Rights Center:

Equal Opportunity Officer, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building – MSC 150, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-4129; or
Direct, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.

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

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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.

Job Originally Posted on: Wednesday, March 5, 2014