PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Division of Criminal Justice this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks in providing promotional, informational and educational programs and for assisting in the agency's legislative activities.
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May lead professional and clerical staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs the most complex duties in the area of promotional, informational and educational services; designs, develops and maintains communications through a variety of media, including the web; coordinates communication workflow; assists in the development of the agency's legislative package; reviews statutes, legislation and regulations affecting the agency; monitors bills introduced in the legislature for their effect on the operations of the agency; follows progress of bills and keeps agency officials informed on developments in legislation; establishes and maintains communications procedures; in consultation with agency officials, develops and implements promotional, informational and educational programs for staff and the public; develops and prepares promotional and informational material such as news releases, pamphlets, brochures, exhibits, bulletins and agency publications; acts as an official contact and source of information regarding agency functions and procedures; responds to inquiries from media, the Governor's office, public and other state agencies; speaks before groups on agency related topics; prepares speeches and written materials for department officials; conducts research and communications; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of communication methods and procedures; knowledge of public relations principles and practices; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of federal and state legislative processes; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to interpret, understand application of and translate into lay language complex laws and regulations; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of professional experience in communications, public information, public relations or the preparation, analysis and research of legislation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in communications or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(31)-Public Relations and Information
(70)-DCJ EXEMPT MANAGERS
This cancels the existing title of and specification for the class of DCJ Communications Officer in Salary Group DM 24 approved effective January 10, 2000. (Revised to re-title, re-evaluate and modify content)