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Public Information Officer

Metropolitan Human Services District, LA

Job Location

New Orleans, LA, USA

Salary

$2,883.00 - $5,675.00 Monthly

Deadline

July 24, 2021

Published Date

July 14, 2021

About the job

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree plus one year of professional level experience in marketing, public relations, library science, and/or the research, written preparation and dissemination of information to the public or on behalf of an organization to its customers through such medium as publications, broadcasting, Internet web pages, social media, or public speaking.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Experience in marketing, public relations, library science, and/or the research, written preparation and dissemination of information to the public or on behalf of an organization to its customers through such medium as publications, broadcasting, Internet web pages, social media, or public speaking will substitute for the required degree on the basis of one year of experience for thirty semester hours of college.

A baccalaureate degree with twenty-four semester hours in English, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting, library science, public relations, or a combination of the above courses to total twenty-four semester hours will substitute for the one year of required experience.

Graduate training which included a combination of eighteen semester hours per thirty in English, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting, public relations or library science will substitute for the one year of required experience.

A master's degree in English, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting, public relations or library science will substitute for the one year of required experience.

A baccalaureate degree with twenty-four semester hours in English, French, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting, or public relations, or a combination of the above courses to total twenty- four semester hours will substitute for the one year of required experience.

Graduate hours which included a combination of eighteen semester hours per thirty in English, French, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting or public relations will substitute for the one year of required experience.

A master's degree in English, French, speech, journalism, marketing, mass communications, broadcasting or public relations will substitute for the one year of required experience.

NOTE:
Specialized college credit will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

NOTE:
Graphic design, graphic art and technical jobs in radio/TV production will not be considered as qualifying. Some examples of technical radio/TV production jobs include but are not limited to TV camera operators, directors, production technicians, sound technicians, or video technicians.  In addition, retail sales is not qualifying under marketing.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To gather and disseminate information on departmental programs, inform media of departmental program activities and persuade them to report on those activities and develop and implement ongoing public relations programs for the agency or office.

Level of Work:
Experienced.

Supervision Received:
General from a Public Information Director or other higher level personnel.

Supervision Exercised:
None.

Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Public Information Officer 1 by the presence of independent and persuasive responsibility for public information/relations initiatives.

Differs from Public Information Officer 3 by the absence of responsibility for having as the principal assignment more complex duties such as program development of new public relations programs, developing and implementing crisis management plans, training media liaisons, and/or serving as a departmental web or electronic commerce administrator.

Examples of Work

May serve as lower level webmaster for the office or agency.

Responds to electronic media inquiries for the office or agency.

Initiates, develops and maintains media contacts for disseminating information.

Persuades the media to report or not to report on agency programs.

Researches and develops public relations program components such as scripts, news releases, speeches, brochures, publications, fact sheets, billboards, and posters.

Plans and coordinates agency seminars and special events. Assists with program selection, schedules speaker, selects sites, designs and distributes invitations and arranges equipment.

Gathers, prepares and distributes information about a department, agency, or office to the media and directly to the public.

Assists in developing and implementing public relations programs for the agency or office.

Contacts media representatives to inform them of special agency events.

Develops audio-visual presentations.

Interacts with top level departmental staff for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information on departmental programs.

Researches materials for and writes speeches on selected topics for agency executives.

Coordinates publicity for agency events. Sets up displays, gives tours, and audio-visual presentations.