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Public Information Specialist

21.00 - $25.50

Boise, ID

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This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.
The Idaho Department of Commerce is seeking an individual with an interest in providing public relations with a proven ability to communicate with the public in all facets of information dissemination to join its dynamic team of professionals.
Information preparation and dissemination.
Typical responsibilities:
Writes and distributes news releases covering appointments, programs, meetings, and scheduled events;
Develops and maintains a variety of media contacts;
Drafts responses, prepare data and provides information to media and the public;
Makes public presentations and represents the department at meetings and conferences;
Researches background data and interviews sources to write for newsletters;
Produces or edits informational and educational material such as newsletters, brochures, blog posts and other publications;
May oversee the work of vendors such as agency partners, printers, content developers and photographers;
Oversees department social media accounts and activity;
Arranges for department personnel to make media appearances;
Writes speeches and program scripts;
Assists in organizing and promoting public forums, arranges publicity and may arrange advertising;
Coordinate website design, maintenance and updating;
May serve as media spokesperson.
Information and public relations planning.
Typical responsibilities:
Provides input for department information and public-relations goals and priorities;
May propose information budget to management;
May report on legislative activity affecting the department;
May monitor and evaluate information and public relations effort for value and cost-effectiveness;
May advise and train department staff regarding communication issues and methods;
May draft department position statements;
Develops displays, exhibits, and educational programs;
Adheres to department and media time frames to ensure deadlines are met.
Experience: communicating with the public in written and verbal formats; effective use of social media for business purposes; writing news releases or preparing general interest news for publication or broadcast; researching, composing, editing, and laying out informational material; interpreting and translating technical or specialized material into information usable by the public; and producing or editing informational material using electronic word processing.
- not mandatory:
Bachelor's degree and 2-5 years professional experience in Communications or a closely related field
Audiovisual production techniques to include video productions and still photography
Basic ability in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign as well as HTML and CSS.
Submit a letter of application (cover letter), a writing sample, a list of at least three professional references (include length/nature of association) and resume outlining experience and education to:
Idaho Department of Commerce
Attn: Human Resources
700 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702
**** ****
Resumes and supplemental materials will be reviewed to select the most highly qualified candidates to participate in the department's interview process.
At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.
Hiring is done without regard to race,
color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition,
preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and
regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements,
please contact the Division of Human Resources.

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