PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a small agency this class is accountable for managing various programs related to the development and implementation of legislation, regulations and agency communications/educational activities.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is intended for use in a small agency (i.e Office of State Ethics, Elections Enforcement Commission) where the responsibilities for developing, implementing and evaluating communications, legislative and educational activities overlap.
Reports to the agency head or other employee of higher grade.
May direct professional and other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs all programs and operations related to agency internal and external communications, regulation and legislation development and evaluation activities; directs activities related to educating the public regarding agency responsibilities and operations; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; prepares or assists in preparation of program budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of agency who might impact on program activities; researches and advises agency staff on matters pertaining to legislation, regulations, communication, education and administrative policy; prepares draft policy statements for incorporation into proposed legislative bills; monitors progress of agency-sponsored legislation as well as other legislation that will impact the agency; analyzes the impact of legislative proposals being considered by the General Assembly; writes and revises regulations to implement legislation, improve procedures and generally facilitate agency operations; serves as a communications/educational liaison; develops and implements communication/educational programs; explains complex and technical laws and regulations in language understandable to lay persons and officials; prepares reports; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of legislative process; knowledge of communications methods and techniques of public information and training; considerable interpersonal skills, considerable oral and written communication skills, considerable ability to read and interpret legislation, regulations proposals and reports.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in communications, public relations, in-service training or adult education and/or coordinating legislative activities including 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, political science, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree from an accredited school may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(31)-Public Relations and Information
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Communications and Legislative Program Manager in Salary Group MP 65 approved effective October 12, 2007. (Revised to modify Service Status)