STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B15

Class No. 1830

INFORMATION SPECIALIST I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs entry-level informational and educational work.  Work involves collecting information to design and produce informational programs and materials for release to news and/or social media and for use by the agency, the public, and other agencies. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Prepares organizational publications, news and informational releases, and educational scripts.

Prepares and conducts speeches, press conferences, or meetings.

Conducts interviews and researches sources, and ensures the completeness and accuracy of printed and online materials.

Advises staff in planning news and educational items.

Responds to general information inquiries about agency activities.

Obtains art and photographs for presentations, publications, and audiovisual productions.

May assist in marketing programs to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in agency programs.

May coordinate program information programs, conferences, seminars, workshops, and public hearings.

May develop Web site content and participate in usability testing.

May plan layout, design, illustration, production, color selection, and ink and paper selection for artwork masters. 

May assist with establishing an effective presence on social media sites, including posting approved broadcast messages.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in journalism, public relations, public information, communications, or media relations work.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, or a related field is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of agency functions, policies, and procedures; of news and communication media; of editing and preparing informational material; of copy layout; and of publishing and broadcast industries.

Skill in editorial and design concepts and practices, and in the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to research and prepare information, to design communication plans and materials related to the goals and priorities of the agency, to compose content for the Web, to prepare copy and scripts, to design broad communications plans and materials, and to communicate effectively.


State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-15