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The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection works hard to protect and promote Wisconsin’s agricultural industries and consumers. As an agency, we strive to serve the people of Wisconsin assuring: safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; animal and plant health; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce. To successfully attain these goals, we recognize our success hinges on the diverse, high quality, dedicated staff we employ.
What We’re Seeking: DATCP is recruiting for a Public Information Officer (Communications Specialist- Senior) to fill an employment opportunity with the Communications Team in the Office of the Secretary.
Where We Are Located: DATCP is located in the Prairie Oaks State Office Building situated on Madison's southeast side. We are only minutes away from the Beltline Highway, Interstate 90 and Highway 51 for quick access to local restaurants, retail and service locations.
Telecommuting Option: This position may have the ability to telecommute up to 6 days per 2-week pay period! An approved telecommuting agreement is required before an employee may telecommute. Approval of the employee’s telecommuting agreement and work schedule will vary based on the operational needs of the Division. All DATCP employees who telecommute are required to live in Wisconsin.
This position offers the State of Wisconsin’s excellent benefits package, which includes 19.5 days of paid time off to start, 9 paid holidays, accrued sick leave, multiple insurance options and an exceptional retirement plan!
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This position works with other department communications staff in the development and administration of comprehensive communications programs and strategies for the agency. This position is responsible for supporting at least one and possibly more than one division, to be determined by the Communications Director. In this capacity the position is also responsible for coordinating a variety of news releases, media advisories, social media posts, and informational/educational activities. These programs and materials are utilized to inform and serve a wide variety of groups, including the news media, consumers, businesses, schools, interest groups, trade groups, and the general public. The work further involves serving as a liaison to department staff and other state, federal, and local agencies to coordinate media and informational activities. The position also manages special event public information efforts, or serves as a technical resource (e.g., project leader for topics such as integration of new communications technology into agency practices, etc.).
Public Information Officer (Communications Specialist- Senior) Position Description
The classification for this position is Communications Specialist - Senior which is in schedule-range 07-04 with starting pay of $29.00 to $34.00 per hour ($60,320 to $70,720 annually). This position is not represented by a collective bargaining unit. A 12-month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the State Compensation Plan.
DATCP does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the selected applicant being able to provide documentation of eligibility to work in the United States.
The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID. Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus - COVID-19 (wi.gov) for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change.
A criminal background check will be performed on the selected applicant prior to an offer of employment.
Possession of a valid driver's license, or the ability to provide one’s own transportation for work purposes, is required.
Travel is required for up to 10% of this position’s duties.
Minimally qualified candidates will have each of the following:
- Experience with writing, editing and proofreading a variety of publications on behalf of an organization (i.e., press releases, talking points, etc.).
- Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the news media, internal staff, public and industry officials and/or the general public as an organization’s spokesperson.
- Experience working with a variety of computer applications and means for distributing program information (i.e., GovDelivery, Canva, Adobe, basic graphic design tools, social media applications, etc.).
In addition, highly qualified candidates will have one or more of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in communications or a related field.
- Experience utilizing public communications principles, techniques, and/or strategies (i.e., creating a communication and/or outreach plan, evaluating efficacy, modifying communication as needed, etc.)
- Experience navigating complex issues that may be controversial in nature that may impact the general public (i.e., issues that are politically sensitive).
It is critically important your application materials clearly describe your experience related to the stated criteria. The job experts who evaluate your application materials must be able to make an accurate assessment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not meet at least the minimum qualifications or who do not clearly identify minimum qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.
How To Apply
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DATCP is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For complete information on veterans hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment page on WDVA's website.
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Deadline to Apply
The deadline to apply for this position is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2024.