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25 Oct 2022

Full-Time Executive Communications Officer

City of Long Beach – Posted by ryanwbcp Long Beach, California, United States

Job Description

Executive Communications Officer

City of Long Beach

Salary: $115,000 to $130,000 DOE/DOQ

The City of Long Beach is seeking an Executive Communications Officer (ECO) to oversee the activities and initiatives of the Police Department’s Communications Division. The ECO will be part of the Police Department’s Command staff and is expected to be a trailblazer who will formulate and implement strategic communications, promote internal communications, collaborate effectively in a law enforcement environment, and make this critical position their own. The ECO will oversee four talented Public Information Officers (PIO), sworn PIOs on special assignment, and part-time support staff and will report directly to the Chief of Police. The goal of this position is to engage the greater Long Beach community through thoughtful and strategic communications. The ECO will be public relations minded and showcase the positive culture and ongoing efforts of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), while also responding to critical incidents and emergencies in real time. The ideal candidate will find this fast-paced work environment to be immensely rewarding, as this role receives a significant amount of support from the City. They will have the interpersonal skills to work across departments and lead employees and engage key stakeholders on the Department’s new strategic communications plan. The ECO will be a highly respected and integral part of the Department’s success. If you are passionate about strategic communications, are culturally aware, and have a talent for adapting to changing situations and audiences, then this may be the role for you!

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The ECO will report directly to the Chief of Police while overseeing four Public Information Officers and on-call support staff. They will be tasked with establishing a comprehensive strategic communications plan, implementing best practices, developing press releases and social media posts, and serving as the lead spokesperson to media outlets. This is an integral position in the Department, requiring the ECO to be available 24/7 in the event of an emergency or critical incident.

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader, training their team on the nuances and culture of what and how the Department will communicate. They will consider communications from multiple angles and thoughtfully choose responses that will inform and resonate with audiences. They will be able to make effective decisions under tight deadlines and have sound critical thinking skills. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in law enforcement or working closely with public safety agencies and understand the sensitive nature of this work. Someone who is culturally aware and articulate is needed for this role, as they will need to convey complex communications to a diverse audience.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited university or college with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Advertising, Marketing, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience serving in a communications, media relations, or public affairs capacity;
  • A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience;
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License
  • In light of the 24/7 nature of Police Department operation, must be available to respond to incidents on-call and, as required, in the field.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual Salary of $115,000 to $130,000 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package



Round one interviews will be virtual and take place on December 14th. Round two interviews will be in person and take place on January 6th. (Candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days.)


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, APPLY by November 21st at

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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