Public Information Officer

SANDAG San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG

With public outreach and education as the foundation of their work, the Communications Department is focused on developing and implementing strategic communication and marketing plans to support a variety of projects in accordance with state and federal public participation requirements. Through close collaboration and coordination with internal project managers, outside stakeholders, and member agencies, the team provides professional expertise for all public involvement and outreach, marketing, promotions, publicity, and media efforts to build awareness and gain support for the agency’s programs and projects including regional highway, transit, and active transportation system investments, the design and implementation of capital projects, long-range regional planning, environmental management, toll road operations and traffic-reduction initiatives, and inter-governmental coordination.

The Public Information Office responds to general inquiries regarding SANDAG programs, projects, and services, and is dedicated to providing timely and relevant information to the public, elected officials, community groups, and the news media.

Each week, the Public Information Officer (PIO) receives and responds to dozens of requests for information about SANDAG programs and activities via phone, email, social media, and in person. This position assists with developing news stories for mass media, participates in public outreach and marketing efforts, contributes to a variety of internal and external publications, and assists in developing and implementing communication strategies to educate the public about SANDAG initiatives.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a related field, and one to four years of recent experience supporting public information and news media liaison functions, preferably for an organization comparable in size and complexity to SANDAG.

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package.  Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the employment application but are not a substitute for this document.

The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Supplemental Questions

1. Please describe the strategies and techniques you have or would use to pitch stories and build good relations with the media.

2. Please provide examples of how you deliver high-quality work products and provide excellent customer service as you organize and respond to multiple, competing priorities.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Applications for the Public Information Officer position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017.

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