PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 1-3
Louisiana Department of State Civil Service - Baton Rouge, LA

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A baccalaureate degree. SUBSTITUTIONS: Experience in the research, written preparation and dissemination of information to the public through such media as publications, broadcasting, Internet web pages, or public speaking may be substituted for the required degree on the basis of one year of experience for thirty semester hours of college training. NOTE:

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Incorporated; the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools; the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

NOTE:
Graphic design, graphic art and technical jobs in radio/TV production will not be considered as qualifying. Some examples of technical radio/TV production jobs include but are not limited to TV camera operators, directors, production technicians, sound technicians, or video technicians.

Vacancy Information:
This position is in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Applicants must select this parish on their application to indicate that they are available to work in the parish of this vacancy.
This position is in a Career Progression Group (CPG) and is advertised as a 1, 2, and 3. Only one vacancy exists and the level at which the vacancy is filled will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate selected. The maximum salary for the highest level of this position, Public Information Officer 3 is $32.06 per hour / $66,685 per year.
A criminal background check will be required of all selected applicants. If you are selected for an interview, you must submit to a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.

Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts when their qualifications are based on the minimum qualifications or substitutions listed above. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application or may be sent via email, fax, mail or hand delivery using the contact information below. The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.

If you are applying for a position which requires a baccalaureate and/or master’s degree you may apply 90 days prior to receipt of your degree however the effective date of the appointment cannot be prior to your graduation date. Please contact the HR representative listed below to ensure that your application is accepted as eligible.

Applicants are encouraged to click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application.

Responsibilities and/or Preferences:
This position serves as division's director of media relations. It serves as Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcemnt Division spokesperson and coordinator with the media, community, and in crisis situations such as natural or man-made disaster situations. May address legislative issues impacting the department or Law Enforcement Division with the media.

Exam Required:

PET (9333) - Applicants are required to have an active score for the Professional Entry Test (PET) series 9333. Applicants without a current test score may apply to take the test here . Once your application has been submitted you may report to a test center for testing. Although no appointment is necessary, tests are given on specific dates at specific times. For testing locations and schedules, applicants may click here .
Exam Exemptions:
The Department is open to using the authority granted under the C.S. Rules to allow for testing exemptions. In order to be considered for an exam exemption applicants must indicate their eligibility in the supplemental questions section

Contact Information:
Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Human Resources
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
(225) 763-8540 – Phone
(225) 763-3510 – Fax
Tara Dupre
tdupre@wlf.la.gov

Wildlife & Fisheries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Concepts:

Function of Work:
To disseminate routine informational material through various media to inform the public about a department's programs or services, inform executive and administrative staff about progress of public relations activities and assist in developing and implementing public relations programs for departmental programs.

Level of Work:
Entry.

Supervision Received:
General from Public Information Director, or other higher level personnel.

Supervision Exercised:
None.

Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Public Information Officer 2 by the absence of independent and persuasive responsibility for public information/relations initiatives.

Examples of Work:

Gathers, prepares and distributes information about a department, agency, or office to the media and directly to the public on ongoing programs.

Assists in program development and implementation.

Assists in gathering and entering information on the departmental web page.

Assists in responding to electronic commerce from the departmental web page.

Researches and assists in writing news releases.

Contacts media representatives to inform them of special agency events.

Assists in coordinating publicity for agency events; sets up displays, gives tours and audio-visual presentations.

Researches and assists in writing materials for and participates in the layout of informational materials such as newsletters, bulletins, pamphlets, directories, brochures, billboards, fact sheets, and posters.

Assists in developing audio-visual presentations and scripts.

Assists in speech writing for executives.

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