The Public Information Coordinator is responsible for overseeing public relations activities and developing and administering educational and informational programs related to the operation of an organization in state government. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical FunctionsSupervises subordinate public relations staff by making work assignments, establishing deadlines, providing instructions, reviewing work performed, and evaluating employee performance. Plans, develops, and directs the distribution of educational and promotional material concerning the organization by reviewing and approving articles, news releases, publications, and program exhibits, proofreading copy, and arranging for distribution. Presents educational and informational programs to civic organizations, governmental agencies, conservation groups, schools, and the general public, to increase awareness of the mission and function of the organization. Develops formal training programs and materials and conducts training for business leaders, government officials, organization staff, and the general public concerning organizational programs. Coordinates conferences and special events by securing speakers, planning agendas, approving entertainment and facility arrangements and contracts, and evaluating impact and success of events. Works with news media to coordinate coverage of activities and events by issuing invitations and press passes, accommodating media personnel, preparing press guides, and handling problems and schedule changes. Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job DimensionsOccasional in-state travel is required. Knowledge, Abilities, and SkillsKnowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of public relations principles and practices. Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism. Knowledge of publication requirements and procedures. Knowledge of managerial and supervisory practices and techniques. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct organization educational and promotional programs. Ability to oversee organizational publication activities. Ability to coordinate conferences, special events, and media coverage activities. Minimum Education and/or ExperienceThe formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field; plus two years of experience in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Preferred QualificationsEstablishes the communications plan for dissemination of program information to state & public school employees/retirees and dependents covered by the plans administered by EBD. Supervises the departments dealing with voluntary products, cafeteria plan, deferred compensation & information management. Assists with area of customer service, eligibility, and technical support.
Preferred candidates will be skilled in news writing, oral communications, public speaking, graphic design, and public relations.Certificates, Licenses, RegistrationsAgency Specific InformationPrefer applicants with a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field; plus four years experience in public relations, journalism, or a related field, plus one year of supervisory experience. Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism, publication design, layout techniques, and employee benefit programs.
ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WITH WORK HISTORY WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Applications must include complete work history and references. A resume may accompany the state application but will not be substituted for any part of the application.
Veteran Preference: A copy of a DD-214 must be submitted to the Hiring Official, at time of interview to be considered for Veteran Preference.
DFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.
A criminal background check is required for all DFA positions; an FBI background check may be required.