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Job Posting: Media Relations Specialist

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Media Relations Specialist

$5,383.00 - $6,739.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/24/2021

Job Description and Duties

Do you have a passion for media engagement, speech writing, and storytelling? Join us as we create a national model for consumer protection and state financial regulation. We are looking for an an ace writer and media strategist who can help us tell the larger story of our work and impact through well-drafted press releases, op-ed pieces and more. Must love working with reporters, value teamwork and creativity, and be interested in learning about financial regulation.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) is recruiting for one permanent, full-time Information Officer I (Specialist) position to serve as the Media Relations Specialist for the Communications Office. This position is to be
located in the Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego officeThis recruitment may be used to fill subsequent vacancies of these positions within the next 180 days. 

Under the general direction of the Deputy Commissioner of Communications, the Media Relations Specialist is responsible to assist in the facilitation of departmental media relations strategies, provide writing, speechwriting, and social media support for the Communications Office. Provides strategic guidance to help build and execute a media relations strategy that will allow the DFPI and its leaders grow its local, state, and national profile. The Media Relations Specialist will develop media pitches, write media releases, develop and help place opinion and editorial pieces, and help coordinate media interviews and press events. Will assist in formalizing a media strategy based on upcoming enforcement actions, reports, consumer alerts, major policy announcements, internal news, and the launch of new services. Works to build deep relationships with financial, business, financial technology, and consumer reporters throughout the United States and engages community, government, and stakeholder partners to maximize news and messaging reach. Works closely with the Deputy Commissioner of Communications to produce speeches, talking points, and help edit consumer alerts, the Bulletin, agency reports, and other materials. Provides recommendations on website improvements to keep the site as current, informative and navigable as possible.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Sacramento Location: The Sacramento office is located in north Natomas and offers FREE PARKING, is easily accessible from INTERSTATES 5 and 80, and is also close to various dining and shopping choices in the Natomas area. 

San Francisco Location: The San Francisco office is located in the heart of the financial district within walking distance to BART and restaurants.

Los Angeles Location:
The Los Angeles office is located in the heart of the downtown financial district within walking distance to restaurants, transit, multiple parking options.

San Diego Location
: The San Diego office 
is located in the heart of Mission Valley, within walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

The incumbent must be willing to exercise flexibility and agility as well as be willing to telework (remote work) from home as needed. Telework is subject to DFPI’s Telework Program Policy.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Media Relations Specialist
$5,383.00 - $6,739.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) (formerly Department of Business Oversight) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DFPI supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DFPI licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. The DFPI offers benefit packages, competitive salary, a robust training program and opportunities for advancement.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Application (Std. 678) must be completed in detail to demonstrate the quality and breadth of work experience necessary to meet the minimum qualifications for this classification.

Additional Filing Instructions:

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 9/24/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Attn: Kathryn Cifelli
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
Attn: Kathryn Cifelli
Human Resources Office
2101 Arena Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Applicants who do not submit a SOQ as specified may not be considered for interview. Please review the section below titled 'Statement of Qualifications Instructions' for detailed completion instructions. 
  • Other - Writing Samples are required to be submitted with your application package. Applications that do not include samples may be rejected.
    Please review the section below titled 'Writing Sample Instructions' for detailed instructions. 
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Strong media relations and speech writing experience.
  • Proficient writer with knowledge of the media landscape.
  • Significant experience writing news releases, having a deep interest in storytelling.
  • Experience identifying and elevating critical news stories and writing press releases and op-ed articles that receive national attention.  
  • Experience helping to develop and execute a media relations strategy that builds awareness and integrates digital and outreach.
  • Experience producing talking points and speeches.
  • An interest in storytelling and testimonial collection, with an emphasis on stories that show impact.
  • An understanding of the financial challenges faced by communities of color and minority communities and a desire to create equitable outcomes for marginalized groups through storytelling and media placement.  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required.


State employees may be eligible for health, dental, vision and leave benefits, as well as retirement programs and other benefits.  Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define employees’ wages, hours and conditions of employment.  Other possible benefits include:

  • Alternate Work Schedules
  • Telework
  • Reimbursement Accounts

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Kathryn Cifelli
(916) 576-3176

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Kevin Morrison
(916) 576-4938
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Statement of Qualifications Instructions

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be no more than two pages in length. Please use 12-point font, one-inch margins, and include your first and last name.


Describe your knowledge of and experience with:


  1. Identifying and elevating critical stories through media releases or op-ed submissions that helped achieve a desired outcome.
  2. Using storytelling to communicate impact and building out a media relations campaign.
  3. Building and cultivating relationships with reporters and stakeholders.      

Writing Sample Instructions

Writing Samples are required to be submitted with your application package. Applications that do not include samples may be rejected.  

Please provide 1-2 writing samples which may include writings such as press releases, op-ed pieces, talking points or prepared speeches.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail