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Public information specialist

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Arkansas Government Job
Summary
The Public Information Specialist is responsible for public relation activities related to the operation of a state agency or institution of higher education. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy
Typical Functions
Plans and prepares promotional publications by gathering information for releases, selecting articles, format, design, and layout, sending publications to printer, proofreading copy, and arranging for distribution. Coordinates media coverage of events by issuing invitations, entertaining and accommodating media personnel, preparing press guides, and making facility arrangements. Arranges conferences and special events by making facility arrangements, serving as host to visitors, coordinating speakers and agenda, and working with convention personnel. Conducts interviews with individuals to gather information for news articles and stories. Researches past publications and records to obtain pertinent information about subjects of articles and stories. Disseminates news releases to newspapers, radio, and television media. Responds to requests for information by speaking at special events, making public appearances, and providing handouts and brochures. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
This position may involve travel to various public relation events
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of language usage for writing and speaking purposes. Knowledge of journalistic writing styles. Knowledge of format, design, and layout for publication purposes. Ability to coordinate conferences, special events, and media coverage. Ability to oversee activities associated with producing publications. Ability to compile and present promotional information through news articles and publications. Ability to speak at public appearances and special events.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree with a major in communications, journalism, public relations, or related field; plus one year of experience in public relations or related area. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Preferred Qualifications
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION.
The Public Information Specialist is responsible for public relation activities related to the operation of a state agency or institution of higher education. The Public Information Specialist works under the supervision of the HHI Regional Coordinator and is responsible for providing technical assistance, facilitation of health education and promotion to agency colleagues and communities and assisting in coalition building and sustainability of Hometown Health Improvement.
This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance and retirement pension.
Hiring Officials Preferences:
Proficient computer and technical writing skills; prefer previous public health or coalition building experience. Ability to develop, customize and present training in communities. Provide technical assistance.
Frequent in-state travel is required with some over-night travel.
Unqualified individuals need not apply.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.
Hiring Official- Bonnie Carr
This office only accepts completed applications, resumes and relevant transcripts to determine minimum qualifications. Applicants should present other documents to the hiring official upon interview, if applicable.
If you are a Veteran, Disable Veteran or a Surviving Spouse of a Deceased Veteran and remains unmarried at the time you are seeking preference and you are a citizen and resident of this state you shall be entitled to employment preference in a position over other applicants after meeting substantially equal qualifications.
Please submit the DD-214 and other official documentation to the address below.
THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DOES NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC MEDIA OF ANY FORM, (CDs, flash drives, memory sticks, tapes, etc.) WITH STATE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS.
All Applicants must submit complete and accurate information and complete the application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. Applicants are encouraged to attach an original written resume to supplement their application or a paper addendum for additional work history section of the application. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
When submitting your State Application, you may refer to your resume for the Employment History if your resume includes all the information requested in the Employment History section of the state application (month and year employment began and ended, weekly hours worked, etc.).
Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
All ADH applicants must complete a drug screen and background check if applicable. Direct Deposit is required for employment according to Act 1887 of 2005.
Human Resources Office- Recruitment Section
4815 W Markham St., Slot 26
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday
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