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Public Relations Officer

Job classification

TitlePublic Relations Officer
Overtime eligibility Exempt (Z) - No Paid Overtime
Labor agreement Prof & Tech Eng, Local 21
Effective dateMay 01, 2024

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2024

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Rate /hr: $53.4000 $56.0500 $58.8875 $61.8000 $64.9125 $66.5375 $68.1875 $69.9000
Rate /biweekly: $4,272.00 $4,484.00 $4,711.00 $4,944.00 $5,193.00 $5,323.00 $5,455.00 $5,592.00
Rate /year: $111,072 $116,584 $122,486 $128,544 $135,018 $138,398 $141,830 $145,392

Additional notes: Please note, the last three steps in this salary range represent extended ranges that require department approval based upon recruitment/retention, special skills, limited duration or exemplary performance.

Job description



Title: Public Relations Officer

Job Code: 1314


Under general direction, develops, organizes, directs and evaluates a comprehensive program to inform the public of the activities and objectives of a city department.


A 1314 Public Relations Officer is distinguished from a 1312 Public Information Officer by the scope and purpose of the public relations program and the extent of responsibility delegated to the incumbent, as well as supervision exercised. Class 1314 Public Relations Officer is delegated full responsibility for all aspects of the public relations activities of a department. The programs they are responsible for affect a large segment of the public or a specialized group who directly benefit from the services provided. An employee in this class is primarily concerned with promoting the product or service offered by the activity they represent, rather than only disseminating information.


May supervise staff in the preparation of public relations and marketing programs and/or pro-jects.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Develops, carries out and interprets policy, methods and procedures relating to the conduct of a complete public relations program.

2. Creates and oversees the development and administration of public relations programs, campaigns and websites for the purpose of establishing and maintaining an effective public relations program, including multilingual and multicultural programs.

3. Analyzes the extent of public understanding and acceptance of the department�s programs and activities through market research projects; this includes identifying specific demographic groupings for programs and activities, setting objectives, developing a detailed plan and strategy and analyzing results.

4. Prepares reports and a variety of written materials for internal and external audiences; writes press releases and advisories, maintains a current file of publicity and work-related information, media contacts, and other records essential to an effective public relations program.

5. Develops, prepares and implements marketing and promotional programs to increase support for and the use of department services through a variety of advertising and promotional strategies such as special events, press events and customer incentives.

6. Creates, develops, implements, and evaluates public information and public outreach programs, special events, projects and campaigns to keep staff, management, public, prospective users of services, interested organizations and trade groups informed of the department activities by conducting staff meetings, contacting individuals and groups and issuing information via the press, radio, television, magazines, trade publications, social media, podcasts and other communication media; responds to questions and requests from these various sources.

7. Plans, assigns and evaluates the work of subordinate staff in the preparation of public relations and marketing programs and projects.

8. Addresses civic organizations, neighborhood associations, trade groups and other organizations to explain the activities and services of the department. Organizes and convenes community meetings and focus groups and makes presentations.

9. Utilizes specialized computer software and online platforms to develop and administer websites and social media, and to create and edit videos, photos, and artwork for various publications.

10. Consults with and advises top management on the public relations implications of the department�s activities. Meets with management individually and at staff meetings to advise of public relations implications on proposed actions, media strategies, communications and ongoing programs and activities.

11. Investigates complaints directed at the department�s operation; recommends corrective action to preclude further adverse action or opinion; may prepare replies to such complaints.

12. Organizes tours and orientation sessions for the media, visiting dignitaries, trade representatives and the public.


Knowledge of: Current best practices in communications, marketing and public outreach; methods and procedures used for developing, organizing, overseeing and evaluating public information, educational, marketing and promotional activities and programs of the department.

Ability or Skill to: Demonstrate resourcefulness and judgment in the analysis and solution of difficult and technical public relations problems; navigate through specialized software applications, computer programs and online platforms; plan, organize and coordinate programs and events while efficiently managing resources; evaluate programs and policies; implement best practices when feasible; interact courteously, effectively, and tactfully with others; speak effectively in public; communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; write effectively for diverse audiences from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; prepare complete, accurate, concise public relations data; supervise subordinates performing public relations work; and select the proper medium for the most effective news coverage.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.


Four (4) years of verifiable full-time professional experience in editorial, newspaper, magazine, radio, television, public relations, public affairs, public information, social media, digital engagement, advertising, marketing, or similar work directly responsible for the preparation and dissemination of news and information in a variety of formats for internal and external audiences. This experience must include at least one (1) year of experience in planning and conducting a public relations, public information, or public education program.

License and Certification:


1) Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

2) Possession of a Master�s degree from an accredited college or university in public relations, journalism, mass communications, marketing or a closely related field may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience. The degree may not substitute for the one (1) year of required public relations, public information, or public education program experience.


Nature of Work: Some positions may be subject to adverse weather conditions, walking long distances, and driving a vehicle to project sites and meetings. May require work on nights, weekends and/or holidays.


From: 1312 Public Information Officer




12/20/13; 1/24/14; 1/22/15; 08/24/21; 09/21/23; 05/01/24


To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills & abilities, and minimum qualifications.



Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Jul 01, 2024 (Z) $53.4000 $56.0500 $58.8875 $61.8000 $64.9125 $66.5375 $68.1875 $69.9000
Jan 06, 2024 (Y) $52.6125 $55.2250 $58.0125 $60.8875 $63.9500 $65.5500 $67.1750 $68.8625
Jul 01, 2023 (X) $51.4500 $54.0125 $56.7375 $59.5500 $62.5375 $64.1125 $65.7000 $67.3500
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $50.2000 $52.7000 $55.3500 $58.1000 $61.0125 $62.5500 $64.1000 $65.7125
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $47.7000 $50.0750 $52.5875 $55.2000 $57.9750 $59.4250 $60.9000 $62.4375
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $47.4625 $49.8250 $52.3250 $54.9250 $57.6875 $59.1250 $60.6000 $62.1250
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $45.8500 $48.1375 $50.5500 $53.0625 $55.7250 $57.1125 $58.5375 $60.0125
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $44.5125 $46.7375 $49.0750 $51.5125 $54.1000 $55.4500 $56.8375 $58.2625

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table