The Wyoming Department of Corrections is committed to public safety and high correctional standards; as well as a safe, supportive working environment for our employees. We are seeking a Senior Public Relations Specialist to coordinate all departmental communications relating to public relations.
- Works with media, printed and broadcast, to proactively relate the business of the department and the public, review news coverage, and respond in a timely manner to requests for interviews, information, and questions from the media.
- Design and implement the department’s public education program through the use of feature stories, interviews, news conferences, departmental Speakers’ Bureau and the department’s web pages.
- Advise and assist department leadership with the development and implementation of communication and internal and external public education programs.
- Design, implement and assist the department with internal communication policy development, recruiting and marketing efforts.
- Increase public awareness of the department’s mission with an ongoing public education program to include data report cards, staff interviews, site visits by media, brochures, feature stories and the department web pages.
- Train personnel on how to approach and answer questions by the media and the public regarding department programs and projects.
- Coordinate media interviews and follow-up opportunities regarding specific public affairs plans to ensure the public is consistently aware of progress and changes occurring in programs.
- Develop talking points, speeches and presentations for personnel to use to convey key messages.
- Communicate information on department issues by designing, writing and editing a monthly newsletter for release to departmental staff.
- Assist with the development, tracking and update of department policies.
- Act as the department point person for legislative questions and supporting legislative efforts by ensuring information flows to the legislative services office and legislators in an appropriate time frame.
- Manage and maintain the department’s external and internal web presence, while annually reviewing the need for additional online resources such as web portals, social media and other emerging technologies used for community and staff outreach.
- Training, coordinating and directing the Field Public Information Officers in each facility, field services and Central Office concerning media visits and public information.
- Lead on-site and off-site crisis communication while training and working with staff and coordinating with media representatives to ensure timely and accurate information is released.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Excellent written and oral communication.
- Effective interpersonal communication with people at all levels and with all educational backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently and be flexible.
- Knowledge and understanding of legislative process.
- Methods and techniques of standard and digital photography, digital audio recording and broad cast development.
- Website operation, development and management.
- Skilled as a public speaker and able to organize both large and small group meetings.
- Knowledge of growing communication outreach efforts through emerging technologies and resources.
- Ability to develop, edit and format written documents, policies and forms.
- Knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Wyoming Department of Corrections and Wyoming State Government, including the Legislative process.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Must attend 5 weeks of academy in Rawlins.
- Travel is required.
Preference will be given to applicants who have at least four (4) years of work experience working as a public information officer or with the media or; Bachelor's degree in Communications plus at least one year of work experience as a public information officer or with the media. Work experience in corrections, criminal justice, military, or law enforcement is a plus.
*Please view the Class Specifications (Class Code PIPR09) and the State required Minimum Qualifications for this vacancy at:
Official copies of College Transcripts must be provided upon interview or before official offer of position.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections is a Drug Free Workplace. Per WDOC policy, all staff are subject to drug testing while employed by WDOC. Successful applicants for employment must pass a background/reference check and urinalysis drug test prior to appointment.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections is a Tobacco-Free Workplace and prohibits the taking, carrying, possessing or introducing of smoking materials, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco substitutes on or into WDOC facilities and grounds.