Public Information Specialist II
North Dakota State Government - Bismarck, ND

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Requires a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or marketing and one year of professional experience in the writing, editing, media or public relations field; OR a bachelor’s degree in another field related to the position’s program responsibility area and three years of professional writing, editing, media or public relations experience. Preference will be given to candidates with public relations, training, or media relations experience. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience in emergency communications, and with organizing and coordinating public information and media outreach activities with partner organizations.

Occasional travel, both in-state and out-of-state, is required.

Application Procedures: External applicants must submit the following documents:
  • State of North Dakota Application for Employment Form (SFN 10950)
  • Resume and cover letter
  • References
  • College transcript (copy or official version acceptable)
Applications may be downloaded from the North Dakota Department of Health website at . Applications are also available at any Job Service North Dakota office or call 1.800.247.0981 (in-state) or 701.328.5000 (Bismarck). Applications must be received on or before the closing date to be considered. Please fill in all information requested on the application form, such as dates of employment, hours worked per week, credits earned, etc.

Mail completed applications and required forms to the North Dakota Department of Health, Human Resources Office, 600 East Boulevard Ave – Dept. 301, Bismarck, ND 58505-0200 or submit them online to .

The NDDoH Human Resource Division staff will score applications against the minimum qualifications, preferences listed on the job announcement and qualifying military service. After the scoring is completed, a certified list of eligible individuals and the applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager to interview based on the final scores.

Applicants from the ND Department of Health must submit a State of North Dakota Application for Employment Form (SFN 10950) to Human Resources.

For more information about the position, contact Stacy Eberl, Public Information Officer, at 701.328.4619. For assistance in the application or interview process, contact Dirk Wilke, Human Resources Director, at 701.328.2392 or TTY 800.366.6888.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorships will only be considered if funding is available.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

ND Relay Number: 1-800-366-6888

Summary of Work: The Public Information Specialist will be responsible for and assist with the development, implementation and coordination of an Emergency Preparedness and Response public information program, including a comprehensive public information program for communication of emergency public health information, policies and resources to the citizens of North Dakota. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordinating the development and implementation of agency objectives related to public information and public relations policies during crisis and emergency situations.
  • Updating and implementing the department’s crisis and emergency and risk communication plan and other emergency plans as needed.
  • Staffing the public information position in the Department Operation’s Center during emergencies.
  • Coordinating public information campaigns and planning activities with regional public information officers at the local public health units.
  • Coordinating emergency communication response among local public health units, the Department of Health, other state agencies, federal partners, and private organizations and agencies.
  • Coordinating the department’s media outreach and response for Emergency Preparedness and Response activities.
  • Composing, preparing, editing and coordinating the release of news articles, news releases, feature stories, radio and television presentations and news conferences.
  • Composing, preparing, editing and coordinating the release of emergency preparedness education materials such as fact sheets, website material, brochures, etc.
  • Conducting media and spokesperson training for Department of Health employees and other partners.
  • Integrate the use of department’s social media sites into the emergency response plans and help to promote and grow its usage within the department.
  • Working closely with the Public Information Officer to learn and implement policies and procedures for release of information within the department and act as a back-up to the PIO.
As employers, the State of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.