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Public Information Specialist

Date Posted:  Jun 7, 2022
Requisition ID:  364601
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

About the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH):

 

BOAH operates under the direction of an 11-member board of animal industry professionals to:

  • Protect Hoosiers' investment in animal agriculture, wildlife, horses and companion animals.
  • Protect public health by preventing and controlling the spread of animal diseases, such as rabies, which pose a threat to people.
  • Maintain a vital link in a safe food supply through the state meat and poultry and dairy inspection programs.
  • Help people and their animals who are victims of large-scale disasters such as floods and tornadoes.


Role Overview:

 

 The Public Information Specialist assists the Communications Director to prepare and distribute agency information through various media outlets.  You will research, write, print, and post educational and informational articles to communicate the progress of the agency.  You will also serve as a public relations spokesperson.

 

A Day in the Life:

 

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Researches newspapers and other media to find information that is of interest to the staff and the agency and catalogues this information for future use.
  • Develops news stories about individuals, activities and programs for employee newsletter and for news releases outside the agency.
  • Arranges for television coverage including interviews of employees and guest appearances on scheduled programs.
  • Maintains personal contact with representatives of the mass media including newspaper, radio and television stations in a public relations role.
  • Video tapes educational material for and about the agency at meetings, conferences and special events.
  • Provides consultant services to department staff in preparation of printed matter, forms and certificates.
  • Writes special topic reports for various publications, division director or other departments.
  • Works with employees in print shop offering suggestions as to establishing work priorities.
  • Reviews requests and maintains records pertaining to quantity and cost of internal printing costs.

 

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.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Extensive knowledge of agency programs and its objectives.
  • Specialized knowledge of journalistic principles and procedures to be followed in preparation of news releases and various other informational articles.
  • Specialized knowledge of methods and techniques of disseminating information to the public and laws governing release of information, i.e. releases that must be signed in order to use a photograph of a person.
  • Working knowledge of photography and audio-visual equipment.
  • General knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to the agency.
  • Ability to use graphic presentation techniques when cropping and selecting pictures of professional quality for use by news media.
  • Ability to deal with public, other agencies and news media in a public relations and public informational role.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

 

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities 
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully funded pension plan options 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave 
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off 
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance 
  • Referral Bonus program 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access
     

 

Salary:

 

This position traditionally starts at $30,082 - $33,090 per year and may be commensurate with education, training, and/or experience.

 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

 

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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