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PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST

Date:  Mar 24, 2024
Req ID:  36741
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Category:  DEPT OF AGRICULTURE
Anticipated Starting Salary:  $36,155

Position Number: 22087625 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $36,155

Marketing & Communications 

 

Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/251-3019

Email: jessica.chapman@agriculture.arkansas.gov

 

As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: P027C

Grade: GS06

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00

Summary

The Public Information Specialist is responsible for public relation activities related to the operation of a state agency or institution of higher education. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy

Functions

Plans and prepares promotional publications by gathering information for releases, selecting articles, format, design, and layout, sending publications to printer, proofreading copy, and arranging for distribution. Coordinates media coverage of events by issuing invitations, entertaining and accommodating media personnel, preparing press guides, and making facility arrangements. Arranges conferences and special events by making facility arrangements, serving as host to visitors, coordinating speakers and agenda, and working with convention personnel. Conducts interviews with individuals to gather information for news articles and stories. Researches past publications and records to obtain pertinent information about subjects of articles and stories. Disseminates news releases to newspapers, radio, and television media. Responds to requests for information by speaking at special events, making public appearances, and providing handouts and brochures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

This position may involve travel to various public relation events

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of language usage for writing and speaking purposes. Knowledge of journalistic writing styles. Knowledge of format, design, and layout for publication purposes. Ability to coordinate conferences, special events, and media coverage. Ability to oversee activities associated with producing publications. Ability to compile and present promotional information through news articles and publications. Ability to speak at public appearances and special events.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree with a major in communications, journalism, public relations, or related field; plus one year of experience in public relations, communications, or related area. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Licenses

None

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four years of experience in the educational or nutritional field at schools, early childhood education facilities, or alternative learning environments.
  • Experience in program management, outreach, and/or educational initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and multitasking abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, including experience in public speaking.
  • Knowledgeable in:
    • Microsoft Office and Google Suite
    • Website management systems (WordPress)
    • Content creation software (Canva, Adobe Suite, etc.)
    • Virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams, etc.)
    • Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.)

 

Job Duties:

  • Provide technical support and develop training and resource materials for school staff, farmers, and community members.
  • Manage social media, monthly newsletters, and website updates.
  • Represent the program at conferences and exhibit booths.
  • Organize, facilitate, and implement engaging trainings and outreach events.
  • Manage programs including:
    • Arkansas Farm to School Kitchen Equipment Grant
    • Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest
    • Arkansas Farm to School Institute

 

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


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