District Attorney Communications Manager

Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Ventura, California

Work at Ventura County District Attorney's Office

Salary: $40.21 - $56.30 Hour $6,970.00 - $9,758.00 Monthly $83,640.00 - $117,096.00 Annually with benefits

Level: Manager (Supervisor)

Duration: Full-Time


District Attorney Communications Manager

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY RANGE (approximate)
$40.21 - $56.30 Hour $6,970.00 - $9,758.00 Monthly $83,640.00 - $117,096.00 Annually

This posting is for the Ventura County District Attorney; vacancy location is Ventura and may require travel throughout Ventura County.


Under direction o f the Chief Deputy for Justice Services, the Communications Manager directs, plans, creates, manages, and administers public communication strategies including press releases and press events, policy development, lead public relations efforts for various public information publications, and social media platforms which foster public understanding and awareness of the District Attorney’s goals, policies, programs, and services. The position provides the public, media, and County employees with accurate, timely and consistent information.

The District Attorney’s Office is seeking a dynamic oral and written communicator with strong knowledge of public information methods, media relations, and skilled in developing public information, and a strong knowledge of communication technology platforms and social media. The successful candidate will have the ability to respond in a fast-paced, deadline- driven environment, including the background, experience, and knowledge in public relations techniques, technologies, and platforms, including social media and content strategy and tactics, special events planning, community engagement, and data visualization.

The ideal candidate will support efforts to implement the District Attorney's vision for communications, policy proposal development, educational materials and programs, and community relations that are in alignment with the District Attorney’s Office mission and goals.
The ideal candidate will have the background, experience, and knowledge to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of public sector functions and objectives, or a comparably complex private organization is desired.
  • Knowledge of criminal law and courtroom procedure is highly desired.
  • Spanish bilingual is highly desired.
  • Video development skills a plus.

What We Offer:

NEW HIRE INCENTIVE: New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of up to ten percent (10%) of the newly hired annual base wage. Subject to the applicable section of the Management Resolution (Secs. 625 – 627). 

Annual Leave Redemption: The option to cash out up to 100 hours out of 208 total accrued Annual Leave hours per year.

Deferred Compensation: Section 457 Plan and/or 401(k) Shared Savings Plan with up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
Health Plans: You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $19,162 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/ or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
Flexible Spending Accounts: Pre-tax benefit towards eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses.
Bilingual Incentive: Proficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level II), or $1.10 per hour (Level III).
Holidays: 11 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
Pension Plan: Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems, such as PERS.
Educational Incentive: Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of
2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
Student Loan Forgiveness: The County currently qualifies as an eligible employer for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For more information you are encouraged to speak with your student loan servicer or visit:

Payroll Title: Agency Public Information Officer II

The Agency Public Information Officer II classification is not eligible for overtime compensation. Incumbents in this classification are eligible for benefits at the MB3 level.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepares and directs the content for the District Attorney’s Office news releases and related materials to use when addressing the public, public information publications, and/or social media outlets.
  • Develops and produces materials, including writing and/or editing an array of materials for public distribution, including but not limited to social media, brochures, editorials, media, speeches, videos, and web communications; communicating with other public information officers to ensure messages relayed are aligned.
  • Interacts with and effectively communicates in a professional manner with members of the public, elected/appointed officials, department/agency directors, and other high- profile individuals.
  • Researches and prepares content for policy proposal and development for the District Attorney.
  • Oversees and coordinate press events and press conferences; manages all media inquiries including crisis communication and public relations. Makes public presentations to the media, community events, Board of Supervisors, and other agency representatives on District Attorney’s Office issues and decisions.
  • Represents the District Attorney’s Office through contact with the media, other governmental or community agencies and the public; confers and cooperates with others on policies and procedures as well as organizational and operational issues; develops informational materials, talking points, speeches and needs assessment materials.
  • Establishes schedules, methods and action plans for public communication activities, public outreach, and public awareness campaigns.
  • Engages with diverse community groups and establishes trusted relationships; informs, visits, and educates on various issues with community stakeholders, including businesses, residents, churches, schools, hospitals, other governmental entities, community organizations, and environmental groups on behalf of the District Attorney.
  • Prepares special and periodic reports involving compilation of, and analysis of data from a number of sources.
  • May supervise others engaged in activities pertinent to the District Attorney’s Office Public Information operations.
  • May operate camera and/or video of events and persons of note.
  • Performs other duties as related.


These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

Experience in communications management in the public or private sector which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of a qualifying education and experience is:

A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Administration, Business, or a related field; and
Two (2) years of recent, paid, and progressively responsible professional experience serving as a public information officer in the public sector law firm or similar environment.


A valid California driver's license by date of hire


  • Written and oral bilingual skills in English and Spanish.
  • Experience delivering effective public speaking presentations.
  • Skill in relationship management, enhancing organizational relations and external community interactions.
  • Experience partnering effectively with diverse stakeholders internally and externally, including community and business leaders, government officials, staff, and volunteers to build strong relationships, create clarity and deliver successful results.
  • Knowledge of public sector functions and objectives, or a comparably complex private organization is desired.
  • Knowledge of criminal law and courtroom procedure highly desired.
  • Video development skills a plus.

Considerable knowledge in:

  • Media relations, news writing and production, and the operation and needs of the media industry.
  • Media communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.
  • The structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rule of composition, and grammar.
  • Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Business software tools
  • Business office procedures, practices and protocols.

Working knowledge of:

  • The Office of the District Attorney's operations, services, policies and procedures.
  • Photography and Video.

Skills & Abilities to:

  • Actively listen;
  • Communicate orally and in writing, make public presentations to the media and other agency representatives on District Attorney's Office issues and decisions;
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with media representatives, community organizations, staff, and volunteers;
  • Plan, organize and establish goals and objectives;
  • Exercise sound judgement and decision making;
  • Supervise, motivate, train, and evaluate the work of others;
  • Adhere to deadlines and short time constraints;
  • Produce accurate information using appropriate tools/media;
  • Compose news releases, articles, brochures and pamphlets;
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Supplemental Information: Work is performed primarily in an office environment, but incumbents may be required to visit various County departments/agencies on a regular basis and meet offsite with business and community leaders, staff of other governmental organizations, and the public.


FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by County of Ventura Human
Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
To apply online, please refer to our website at jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials. Our address is: County of Ventura, Human Resources Division, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
LATERAL T RANSFER OPTION: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.
Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION SCREENING – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether the stated requirements are met. Applicants meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the examination process. Responses such as "See Resume" or "Refer to Resume" are not acceptable and may disqualify an applicant from further evaluation.

ORAL EXAMINATION/PRACTICAL EXAM - 100%: Following an evaluation of the applications, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include an oral examination, review of portfolio and/or a practical examination. The examination process may be contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. A job-related oral examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating examinees' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral examination will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future regular, temporary, fixed-term, intermittent, and extra help vacancies for this position only. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy within the District Attorney’s Office.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Terri Anderson at (805) 477-1680.

District Attorney Communications Manager Supplemental Questionnaire

Please respond to the following questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your experience and background related to this position, and will be used in the selection process. Please be as concise and specific as possible; clarity of expression and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process.

1. Do you have a degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Administration, Business, or a related field;

2. Describe your work experience in communications management. In your response, include the following:

a) Your involvement in managing or implementing the communication strategy for your employer.

b) Your approach for measuring the impact of communications.

c) Your work or other experience in criminal law or courtroom procedure.

If you have no experience, type "no experience."

3. Describe your experience preparing policy proposals, policy development, and/or reports for public review.

The name of your employer where you obtained this experience.

They type of reports you prepared.

T*he subject matter of the information distributed. *

Who was the intended audience?

If you have no experience, type "no experience."

4. Describe your work experience strategically utilizing:

Social media

Web content

Adobe Professional

Publishing software

Other new media platforms for public facing corporate communications.


a) The name of your employer where you obtained this experience;

b) The level of expertise with each: beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert;

c) How did you use them?;

d) The subject matter of the information distributed;

e) Your intended audiences.

If you have no experience in this area, type "no experience."

5. This position may require delivering presentations to large audiences. Are you able and willing to perform public speaking?

6. Describe your experience with public speaking and delivering presentations. In your response, please include the following:

a) The type and size of audience;

b) The topics you have presented on;

c) The employer(s) in which you acquired the experience.

If you have no such experience, indicate "no experience."

7. Are you bilingual in English and Spanish?

8. Describe your work experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the public, government officials including elected officials, and other entities. Include:

a) Employers where you obtained this experience;

b) With whom you developed effective working relations, community groups, management, elected officials, volunteers, etc.;

c) Your responsibilities in these relationships.

If you have no experience in this area, type "no experience."

9. You may be required to work varied hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed. Are you willing to do so?

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