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Assistant Public Information Officer

The Office of the Queens County District Attorney is currently seeking applicants for an Assistant Public Information Officer to support our Communications Office. The QDA Communications Office handles various inquiries from the press, public, various local, State and Federal agencies, law enforcement entities and is responsible for all written press releases regarding cases handled by our prosecutors and for announcements related to the Office of the Queens County District Attorney.

Ideally, the QDA Assistant Public Information Officer will be very knowledgeable of and have communications experience relating to Queens County and New York City, as well as the criminal justice system, court procedures and police issues.

The Assistant Public Information Officer will be required to work a regular schedule of Monday through Friday, generally from 11 AM Ė7 PM, and may be required to work overtime hours later on weeknights and/or on weekends and will perform the following job functions, including, but not limited to:

1. Responding to media inquiries through various electronic and other avenues.

2. Conducting research through interviews, phone calls, emails and the like to facilitate drafting of various public information documents.

3. Writing press releases, media announcements, updates, etc. following QDA guidelines.

4. Posting press releases on the QDA website, social media and distributing to press outlets.

5. Assisting with press conferences, including inviting media outlets, coordinating the location and set-up with QDA Operations staff and outside agencies, making contact with press and/or elected officials, escorting officials and more.

6. Attending various QDA in-house and offsite events to capture photos of key moments as well as attendees, guests, QDA staff and the District Attorney.

7. Editing photos using a variety of photographic equipment and computer software programs such as Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

8. Assisting with basic office functions including faxing, emailing, scanning, filing and copying as required.

Qualification Requirement:

Bachelorís degree and at least two years of experience working in journalism, communications, public relations and/or related field or an equivalent in education and/or experience. Must have excellent English oral and written communication skills and the ability to work diligently and efficiently to meet tight deadlines along with meticulous attention to accuracy and details. A detailed understanding of courtroom procedures and the prosecution process is highly desired.

Applicants must be capable of interacting with and communicating information to a wide variety of audiences, including QDA staff, members of the press, the public and public officials. Additionally, applicants must have strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms, as well as proficiency in photo/video editing software programs including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with five or more years of experience working in journalism, communications, or public relations, in the criminal justice or law enforcement field. Preference may also be given to candidates with related education and experience as a legal assistant, paralegal or similar role in the criminal justice or law enforcement field.

Application Information:

Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, 401K and more. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and can be e-mailed to or faxed to (718) 286-6424.

The Office of the Queens County District Attorney is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce.

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