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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 dateSeptember 21, 2023

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 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: $52.6125 $55.2250 $58.0125 $60.8875 $63.9500 $65.5500 $67.1750 $68.8625
Rate /biweekly: $4,209.00 $4,418.00 $4,641.00 $4,871.00 $5,116.00 $5,244.00 $5,374.00 $5,509.00
Rate /year: $109,434 $114,868 $120,666 $126,646 $133,016 $136,344 $139,724 $143,234

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. 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 general public (e.g., utility users) or a specialized group who directly benefit from the services provided.


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. 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. 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. 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.

5. Develops and implements public information and public outreach programs, projects and campaigns to keep the 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.

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

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

12. Prepares periodic reports; 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.


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 while efficiently managing resources; evaluate programs and policies; implement best practices when feasible; get along well with others: speak effectively in public; write effectively for publication; prepare complete, accurate, concise public relations data; supervise subordinates per-forming public relations work; and select the proper medium for the most effective news cover-age.


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, social media, digital engagement, or advertising. This experience must be equivalent to job code 1312 Public Information Officer for the City and County of San Francisco and 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 (up to a maximum of 2 years). 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 or a closely related field may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required 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




12/20/2013; 1/24/2014; 1/22/2015; 08/24/2021; 09/21/2023


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
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