Civil Service Title: Associate Communications Assistant

Salary Range: $63,762 – $84,072

Agency: Police Accountability Board

Division: Public Affairs

Openings: Three (3)

Location: Rochester, NY

Accepting Applications on: October 1, 2021

Posting Close: October 29, 2021

Where You Will Work

The Police Accountability Board is an independent agency within the City of Rochester charged with overseeing and reimagining Rochester’s policing system. The Board investigates potential wrongdoing by Rochester police officers, brings change and transparency to the Rochester Police Department, and educates and engages community members in the work of reimagining public safety. The Board is committed to performing these tasks in a workplace defined by accountability, equity, transparency. The Board’s headquarters are located in Rochester’s downtown core.

What You Will Do

The Community Engagement Coordinator is a dynamic community leader who is primarily responsible for leading outreach efforts in the planning and implementation of programs, events and activities to promote awareness of PAB services and increase community involvement in the PAB’s work. The person in this role will plan, develop, and maintain relationships with individuals, community groups/organizations, neighborhood businesses and other stakeholders within Rochester and serve as a liaison between community stakeholders and the Board. This role also serves as an internal expert in communicating to and engaging with impacted and marginalized communities. Ideal candidates will have: a knowledge of and passion for the Rochester community, the ability to build community power and strengthen, uplift and center community voices around the re-imagination of Rochester’s public safety system. The Coordinator may supervise lower-level, part-time, and volunteer staff who will conduct community engagement efforts.

The ideal candidate is someone who has:

  • A successful track record of convening community stakeholders and facilitating effective strategies for program development and initiatives.
  • Has strong communications and organizational skills that support communicating community/stakeholders’ goals and perspectives to PAB leadership.
  • The ability to conduct benchmarking, define goals, identify effective processes and assess outcomes.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.

Who We Are Looking To Hire

The Board’s ideal candidate is someone who is deeply rooted in Rochester’s communities. The defining trait of an ideal candidate is a track record of successfully navigating Rochester’s social and cultural environment. The Board is looking to hire clear communicators who know how to engage people across lines of race, gender, religion, and socioeconomic status.

The Board is looking to hire people that reflect the diversity of Rochester and are committed to our community and our mission. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Board strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and gender non-conforming persons to apply. All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.  

Benefits You Will Receive

The City of Rochester offers the Board’s full-time employees a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. Board employees receive generous vacation, holiday and sick leave benefits in the context of a flexible, supportive work environment. Employees can also receive up to $6,000 toward the purchase of a home in Rochester, up to $3,000 in annual tuition assistance, and reimbursement for certain transit costs.  

In addition to this standard benefits package, employees in this position will undergo extensive training in oversight, policing, and public safety reform. Moreover, working in this position can qualify employees for student loan forgiveness through the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more, visit the Program’s website HERE. 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

If you are interested in this position but have questions about your ability to meet the below minimum requirements, please email [email protected] or call 585-428-9627.

To qualify for this position, you must have a high school degree or G.E.D. and both of the following:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to communications, public relations, journalism, or English; and
  2. Five (5) years of experience writing material for public dissemination (such as social media posts, promotional materials, radio or television announcements, or news releases).

This position has a residency requirement. If hired for this position, you will have one year to move within the City of Rochester. Continued residency in the City will be required throughout your tenure. 

This jobs falls within the “competitive” class of civil service positions. If you are hired to this position, you will be given a provisional appointment that allows you to work in the position until a civil service exam is created and administered. Your permanent appointment to the position will depend on your receiving an appropriate score on the exam. For more information about provisional appointments, please visit THIS webpage.

How To Apply & Submit A Resume/Cover Letter

If you are interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. This position will be officially posted on the City of Rochester’s jobs portal (located HERE) on Friday, October 1, 2021 under its Civil Service Title of “Associate Communications Assistant.” To apply, you will have to create an account through the jobs portal and complete an employment profile. If you need help navigating the City’s jobs portal or have questions about this posting, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 585-428-9627.