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Public information officer (Topeka, Kansas)

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:55 -- Steven J Rottinghaus
Full time


The Public Information Officer should be a college graduate with a degree in marketing, journalism, communications or other relevant field. This individual will be part of the Kansas Department for Children and Families Communications team, and be responsible for a wide range of projects, events and writing assignments, with the guidance of the Communications Director. The Public Information Officer will also be responsible for writing media advisories, news releases, internal newsletters and other related internal and external messages. Other duties will include coordinating and conducting meetings to plan and prepare for upcoming events. The Public Information Officer will also serve as the agency’s Kansas Open Records Act coordinator. This individual is responsible for providing timely responses to requests and gathering requested information. The Public Information Officer works closely with the agency’s Legal Division to ensure all responses are appropriate and meet State and federal laws. The Public Information Officer should be self-motivated, willing to work hard and collaborate with other Communications team members and all program directors within the agency. The person selected for this position should be proficient in a wide range of computer-based programs, including Adobe and Windows. Additional responsibilities may include managing and monitoring the agency’s social media pages and internal/public websites. This individual may also be asked to accompany agency leadership at speaking events and promote these events as directed by the Communications Director. All applicants must submit a resume and writing samples. These should be submitted to Communications Director Theresa Freed, Theresa.freed@ks.gov.
Minimal in-state travel will be required. Training opportunities are available.
Salary: $35,000-$45,000, depending on experience and level of expertise