HOW TO APPLY
Complete a State of Texas Application for Employment and the following additional forms (available athttp://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms):
- TJJD Employment Application Supplement (HR-003)
- Child Abuse Registry Check Consent Form (HR-028)
- Disclosure of PREA Employment Standards Violation (HR-975)
- Authorization to Release Information (HR-074)
Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays in your consideration for this position.
Apply Online at https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/644/jobdetail.ftl?job=00039345&tz=GMT-05:00 and attach to the application the above additional forms along with copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).
Apply through Work-In-Texas at https://www.workintexas.com/vosnet/loginintro.aspx. You will also need to complete and attach to the application the supplemental questions/forms indicated above along with a copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).The additional forms are available at: http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms) and can be submitted via email to: HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov.
Your job application must be completely filled out and include all employment, do not limit employment to the past 10-15 years. Your application must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, name of employer, dates of employment (month & year), supervisor’s name and phone number, and a description of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time and hours per week. If any of this information is not provided, your application may be rejected as incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.
Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any other requirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.
State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information can be found at https://www.ers.texas.gov. Benefits include: Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paid holidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educational assistance program, employee assistance program. Optional add-on benefits include: Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance, Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc. Additionally, certain designated positions are eligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free meals while on duty.
Performs highly complex (senior-level) informational and educational work. Work involves researching, interviewing, and collecting information to produce articles, web content and other materials made available to the public.
Writes and prepares social media content and maintains active, engaging social media platforms for the agency, assuring continuous transparent communications about activities and operations.
Monitors and evaluates state legislative issues and actions with potential impact to the Texas juvenile justice system or TJJD operations, assessing how these developments translate into TJJD communications plans.
Handles written and verbal communications with various audiences, including the media, legislators, legislative staff, advocates, families of TJJD youth and members of the public.
Helps develop reports, including the agency’s strategic plans and programs. Prepares presentations and assists with projects and activities at executive level and across the agency. Performance of duties involves extensive collaboration with the communications team as well as program and facility administrators. May train others.
Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Periodic travel required. May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per workweek and be on call.
Prepares and edits agency publications, brochures, news releases, educational scripts and social media posts and campaigns.
Prepares and/or edits talking points, speeches, or presentations for executive-level staff.
Conducts interviews with sources and program experts; and creates and ensures that printed and online materials are thorough, accurate and engaging.
Responds to general information inquiries about agency activities, which may include inquiries from media outlets, legislative offices, and the general public.
Manages the agency’s social media platforms and develops engaging, accurate social media content and campaigns with a goal of connecting staff, stakeholders, and the public to vital information about agency operations and goals. Monitors comments and messages and composes responses. Develops plans to improve engagement.
Assists with public education campaigns and publicizing programs to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in agency programs.
Writes and edits website content and variety of collateral materials, digital and printed, about the agency and its mission.
Maintains connections with and helps train agency staff members who submit news items for social media and the website. Enlists staff to help further communications goals and assists with communications outreach at the facility and community level.
Participates in agency activities related to the legislative session; and researches and prepares reports on new laws and pending state or federal regulations impacting juvenile justice.
Helps develop and edit administrative reports, newsletters, charts, and graphics pertaining to program activities, special projects, agency strategic plans, and training and resource materials.
Consults and communicates with various TJJD departments/divisions, other agencies, and community groups regarding programs and changes to programs.
Reports any presence or perception of racial, ethnic, and/or gender disparities.
Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.
Performs all duties in compliance with agency safety policies and procedures:
- Reports safety hazards and corrects hazards when possible.
- Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested time frames.
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies.
Bachelor’s degree with major course work in journalism, public relations, public administration, political science, communications, or a related field. Four (4) years of full-time wage-earning experience that may be any combination of the following: journalism, public relations, public information, communications, or media relations. Completed course hours of graduate study may substitute for up to two years of experience on a basis of 12 graduate course hours for one year of experience.
High School Diploma or equivalent. Ten (10) years of full-time wage-earning experience that may be any combination of the following: journalism, public relations, public information, communications, or media relations. Completed course hours of undergraduate study may be substitute for up to four years of the required years of experience on a basis of 30 undergraduate course hours for one year of experience.
Note: Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be from an accredited educational institution.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
The following physical demands and working conditions are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Ability to see
Ability to hear (with or without aid)
Ability to perform tactile discernment
Operate motor equipment
Lifting, up to 25 lbs.
Carrying, up to 25 lbs.
Significant Walking (must be able to ambulate around TJJD facilities to meet with youth, deliver or pick-up paperwork, interview staff)
Reaching above shoulder
Dual simultaneous grasping
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- News, media, and communication industries.
- Government organization and administration and the state legislative process and strategic planning for state agencies.
- How to research, write and edit news articles, social media posts, internal and external-facing reports, and other informational materials.
- Editorial, communications, and social media best practices.
- Media graphics and visuals, including composing and editing photographs and envisioning graphics to complement articles and social posts.
- Intellectual property rights, copyright issues and ap style.
- Writing, editing, and interviewing to elicit information and produce engaging quick-turn short social media posts and longer, insightful explanatory articles that illuminate and profile agency operations, progress, challenges, professionals, and youth activities.
- Operating computers, and using computer software, such as Adobe Creative Suite (photoshop, premiere, indesign, illustrator), canva, and/or similar programs.
- Video production; producing, shooting, and editing video for online uses and/or willingness to learn basic video production.
- Research, organize and write articles, social posts and informational materials while discerning how these relate to the goals and priorities of the agency.
- Compose appealing, perennial, readable content for the agency website.
- Prepare talking points and scripts and contribute to strategic plans.
- Compile, evaluate, and contribute to legislative information and understand the principles and objectives of governmental planning.
- Gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and evaluate and shape all types of public communications materials to improve clarity and assure accuracy and adherence to AP style and journalistic best practices.
- Keep organized files for reference and archive collateral and visuals.
- Organize workloads, establish priorities relative to importance, set goals, and manage time efficiently to ensure multiple assigned tasks meet deadlines.
- Develop, interpret and follow communications dept. Policies and procedures.
- Process information logically, make decisions, and demonstrate the soundness of those decisions.
- Work effectively and collaboratively with communications and agency colleagues and outside stakeholders, maintaining a professional, courteous demeanor.
- Travel periodically.
- Sometimes work in excess of 40 hours per workweek, and be on-call.
In order to receive veteran’s preference, a copy of your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disability rating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attached to your application.
Go to https://texasskillstowork.com/, https://www.onetonline.org/, or http://www.careeronestop.org/ for assistance translating your military experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements, and skill sets.
Additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code or Crosswalk information is available from the Texas State Auditor’s Office at Information and Communication MOS Codes.
If you are scheduled for an interview and require any reasonable accommodation in our interview process, please inform the hiring representative who calls you to schedule your interview. Whenever possible, please give the hiring representative sufficient time to consider and respond to your request.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls. If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en), you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.
Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.