Public Information Officer

Recruitment #210816-UNCE-531


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

Public Information Officer I and II.

This position will cover multiple counties.  Duty station determined upon hire.
Counties Covered:  Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha County Health Departments.

OSDH is seeking a full time Public Information Officer providing support to Region 9 of the state. This is an unclassified position (PIN #34001693) in state government. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The level and annual salary for this position will be based on education and experience

Please be advised position may be filled at Level II or Level III.

Level I - $41,868.33
Level II - $50,000 to $54,000

Position Description:  
Positions in this job family are responsible for researching, writing and editing various materials for media, and presenting information for a state agency.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Organizations and other special interest groups to promote agency programs and Public Health Messages.
• Prepares, edits, coordinates and distributes news releases.
• Prepares speeches, agency newsletters, brochures, web pages, and other agency informational releases.
• Develops special educational and promotional materials for presentation at exhibits, fairs, festivals, conferences and schools; conducts tours of agency.
• Represents agency at civic and professional groups.
• Instructs, trains and may supervise the activities of others.
• Serves as photographer for an agency.
• Serves as project leader for special PR projects of an agency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Level I & II
- Advanced knowledge of English usage, including grammar and composition; of public relations principles and techniques; of accepted styles for materials released to various media; of media sources and their capabilities; of visual graphics and video techniques; of agency's objectives; and of editing techniques and procedures.  Ability is required to write and edit; to gather and organize pertinent data; to uphold and practice public relations principles and codes of ethics; to deliver informational presentations; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
This position is set in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.  Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.




Level I - Bachelor's degree in journalism, communication, marketing, English or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in writing and editing, radio and/or television, public relations or serving as a public information officer.

Level II - Same as the Level I plus one year of experience in writing and editing, radio and/or television, public relations or serving as a public information officer; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and one year of experience in writing and editing, radio and/or television, public relations or serving as a public information officer.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.