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Job Information
Job Reference ID:  52290 
Grade:  27 
Posted Date:  12/03/2019 
Close Date:  12/17/2019 
Job Description

Arizona Department of Corrections

Safer communities through effective corrections.

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.



1601 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, Arizona  85007


The Arizona Department of Corrections is seeking an experienced Director of Communications and Media Relations. The position provides oversight of the agency Public Information Office responsible for media relations, public relations, social media management, public engagements, crisis communications, and special event planning for the largest state agency. The successful candidate will be results oriented, experienced and an innovative leader over subordinate staff and a reputable, reliable and timely public information office program. Further the ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of government branches and roles, as well as the interpretation of laws and policies.


-          Oversees media and public relations function for the agency

-          Develops proactive internal and external communication strategies

-          Responds positively and proactively to requests from the media

-          Directly and indirectly supervises the Communications and Media Relations team, including Media Administrator, Video Producer, Internal Communications Coordinator and Public Information Liaison

-          Serves as a member of the agencies Executive Team by providing input on issues and serving as a communications resource

-          Drives on State business

-          Manages development and oversight of budget for area of responsibility




Requires possession of, and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to drivers license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).



Knowledge of:

-          Principles and practices of Public Relations

-          Communication strategies

-          Management and supervision techniques

-          Personal computer and software programs; including Microsoft Suite, Internet Explorer, Graphics and/or presentation software

Skill in:

-          Directing media, communications and public relation functions in a governmental environment

-          Supervising media relations staff

-          Writing effective media releases with attention to detail

-          Managing strategic planning for media relation efforts

-          Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships


Ability to:

-          Respond and serve as the primary spokesperson for media inquiries

-          Elevate the profile and perception of the agency and its management in the eyes of the media, the public, legislators and other stakeholders

-          Serve successfully as a spokesperson and media contact for high profile individual and be familiar with rapid response, crisis media and social media strategies

-          Provide communications counsel to senior management

-          Handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines


-          Extensive professional experience directing media, communications and public relations functions in a governmental environment.

-          Served successfully as a spokesperson and media contact for high profile individuals and will be familiar with rapid response , crisis media and social media strategies

-          Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or related field


Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing a background investigation.


We offer an excellent and affordable comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees: 

-          Vacation and sick days with 10 paid holidays per year

-          Robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options

-          Exceptional retirement program

-          Optional employee benefits such as deferred compensation plans, credit union membership, and a wellness program

-          An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Current ADC Employees:  Consult with your respective Human Resources Liaison if you are in a different retirement plan than the one indicated above.


If you experience technical issues while applying for this position, please call 602-542-4700 or email [email protected]


Position Requirements
Position Level:    Hours:   
 Work Arrangement:     Employment Type:   
Hourly Rate:  $0.00 / per hour  Salary:  $90,000.00-115,000.00 


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