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Communications Director

Date Posted:  Aug 13, 2019
Requisition ID:  15414
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

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Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is the State planning agency for criminal justice, juvenile justice, traffic safety and victim services. ICJI is designated as the State Administering Agency for distribution of federal funds, and as the State Statistical Analysis Center for research.

Summary/Objective:

The Communications Director is responsible for devising, implementing and managing internal and external communications in support of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s mission and goals.  The incumbent serves as ICJI’s primary media liaison and public information officer.  The Communications Director also provides information to the public as requested with regard to programmatic issues.  The Communications Director coordinates inter- and intra-agency communications, as well as external programming. 

The Communications Director develops strategies to advance organizational objectives and support ICJI campaigns using a range of paid and earned media as well as event marketing and sponsorships.  This position manages the communications budget of all ICJI divisions.  This position works with all program directors of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to maintain a consistent public image and to utilize funding to maximize media exposure. 

            The Communications Director ensures that all communications produced by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute are professional, engaging, well-written and appropriate for the target audience.  The Communications Director is also responsible for facilitation of external trainings or media events, as directed. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develop and implement annual communications goals, including establishing budget needs and communication priorities
  • Draft and implement communications plans
  • Prepare weekly summary reports to the Executive Staff
  • In conjunction with division and senior staff, develop and implement public outreach and media relations strategies to advance programmatic agendas
  • Manage media relations including writing and distributing advisories and releases, fielding calls, drafting speeches and talking points for agency and public officials, pitching story ideas, coordinating interviews, distributing news clips, preparing spokespeople, and managing field and press events
  • Publicize grant funding availabilities and job postings
  • Provide strategic leadership in developing and executing active communications strategies within a budgetary framework
  • Supervise the agency’s public relations coordinator and vendor relations.
  • Serve as editor of intra-agency and external newsletters
  • Manage production and content of the Agency’s annual report
  • Post updated content to and optimize the public’s use of  the agency’s website and social-media channels
  • Coordinate evaluations and assessments of communications strategies to determine effectiveness of marketing through use of data
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other state government communications directors and public information officers to coordinate inter-agency and external communications
  • The Communications Director reports to the Chief of Staff

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Requirements:
  • Knowledge and skills acquired through a baccalaureate degree in journalism, communications or equivalent experience and training;
  • extensive knowledge of marketing, communications and public relations principles;
  • The director should have a working knowledge of the criminal justice industry, both statewide and nationally, as well as knowledge of the functions of the various programs within CJI and state government. 
  • The director will possess the following: the ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects; to seek creative methods to accomplish tasks, to possess skills in oral and written communications; and will have the ability to work with persons of all social and economic backgrounds. 
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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