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This Public Information Officer position is within the Division of Communications and works in the District Five office located in Wichita, KS. The District Public Information Officer is responsible for communicating critical information effectively to the public and works under the direction of the Agency Public Information Officer, focusing public information efforts in and for a designated agency district (geographic region). This position supports statewide agency initiatives and assists in the delivery of statewide programs as directed by the Agency Public Information Officer. The District Public Information Officer works closely with the District Engineer and various staff at the district and headquarters level.
Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Developing and implementing a district public information program in accordance with established agency policy, program objectives, and/or direction of leadership.
- Coordinating and/or preparing district public information, including news releases, media interactions, social media, and other agency approved communication channels.
- Assuming responsibility for district-specific social media channels, including during times of crisis and/or during unexpected events that impact local travel, such as weather events.
- Developing and maintaining a district media list to facilitate the timely release of public information.
- Responding to requests for public information from the media, public, and stakeholders in a timely and accurate manner.
- Developing and maintaining positive relationships within the geographically defined area with media, stakeholders, elected officials, and government unit staff.
- Representing the district at relevant events as directed.
- Assisting in the implementation of Public Involvement initiatives related to specific projects the agency is undertaking in the district.
- Serving as the district and/or agency representative at local events, such as community education events, city/county meetings, stakeholder engagements, etc.
- Coordinating and/or delivering district level events relevant to the public information program and in support of the mission of the agency.
- Developing public-facing and appropriate copies and/or materials, arranging speaking engagements, and preparing speeches, talking points, presentations, and other material in support of the district and agency public relations plan, and as directed.
- Coordinating public relations activities with consultants as relevant and directed.
- Assisting in the delivery of Local Consult for the district.
- Supporting other District Public Information Officers as necessary to meet agency objectives, in times of crisis, and as directed.
- Providing professional, timely, and accurate information to internal audiences at the district and agency level in support of achieving the agency mission and promoting clear, concise, and transparent communications.
- Coordinating, preparing, and delivering internal messaging and materials for the district, such as district level newsletters for employees.
- Advising and educating district staff on appropriate public relations etiquette, policy, and delivery of public relations activities in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
- Assisting and providing insight on agency and district public relations policies, procedures, and activities.
- Serving as an advocate and messaging professional for agency-wide initiatives as directed.
- Serving as staff support to agency representatives conducting public relations activities in the district.
- Bachelor’s Degree in public relations, communications, journalism, marketing, or similar field.
- Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency. Transcripts are required for education to be considered.
- Valid Driver’s License at time of appointment.
- Two years of professional experience performing public relations, marketing, or communications activities as the primary role.
- One year of experience in conveying information and analysis through composition of reports, articles, and manuals, and making presentations or achieving a common understanding or solution when there is dissension.
- Portfolio of published press releases, media interviews, speeches, and other materials relevant to the position, such as newsletters, social media campaigns, etc. Representation samples are also acceptable.
- Proficient in MS Office, Adobe, social media platforms (Facebook, X, LinkedIn), and public relations tools such as Constant Contact, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, etc.
- Strong written and oral skills.
- Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate required in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. Each applicant (even non-residents) who is selected for a State of Kansas job vacancy must apply for a Tax Clearance Certificate within 10 days from the date of the offer letter by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's (KDOR) website at www.kdor.ks.gov/apps/taxclearance/Default.aspx .
If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact KDOR at (785) 296-3199 or by email at email@example.com
Recruiter Contact Information:
- Name: Tulsa Wade
- Email: KDOT.HQ.JobApps@ks.gov
- Phone: (785) 296-7242
Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability, or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $46,092.80 - $54,683.20 per year
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply
Work Location: In person