Director of Public Information and Govt Affairs

Recruitment #220630-UNCE-386

Introduction

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s (OTRD) mission is to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural amenities.

OTRD is seeking a full-time unclassified Director of Public Information and Government Affairs to coordinate the overall public information and governmental relations functions for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in OKC, OK. OTRD offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary range for this position is $50,000-70,000.
 
Job Duties:
• Directs the development of a long-range internal and external communications plan for the department.
• Oversees the public information function of the department.
• Oversees internal publications for the department, such as the strategic plan and the annual report.
• Serves as the primary contact for the department with representatives of the media and with legislators.
• Coordinates, plans and manages the legislative activities of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. 
• Analyzes, monitors and reports on legislative initiatives that affect the agency’s programs and/or policies.
• Provides effective consultation to agency executive staff in defining and implementing legislative strategies.
• Attends and actively participates in legislative committee meetings as assigned by the agency Executive Director.
• Assists agency staff in translating legislative needs into appropriate bill formats.

Knowledge and Skills:
• Requires a thorough understanding of agency programs, trends and priorities, target audiences, appropriate goals and success indicators.
• Requires proven experience in policy analysis.
• Requires ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a complex political environment.
• Requires a working knowledge of Oklahoma legislative principles and practices. 
• Requires a working knowledge of strategic and tactical public information programs and principles.
• Requires skill in analyzing and solving complex problems, producing reports and interpreting data into meaningful reports and decision tools.
• The position requires the ability to work independently and select appropriate courses of action, in coordination with the agency’s Executive Director.
• The incumbent must be willing to work extended hours, as necessary.  Excellent written, oral and visual communication skills are essential. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in administration, business, communication, public policy, political science, or related area of study preferred.  Requires three to five years of experience working in government relations or with a legislative body or in one or more types of media; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.