PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST - 40010306

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Durham, NC, US

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.

 

DEPARTMENT:       

 

County Manager

DATE POSTED:         

   

JULY 29, 2022

CLOSING DATE:           

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

SALARY MIN:  

 

$52,566.00

SALARY MAX:

 

$94,618.00

POSITION NUMBER:        

    

40010302

JOB TYPE:

Full-Time

 

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

 

Performs responsible technical and administrative work providing public information and education about Durham County Government by creating, writing, editing publications, producing video packages about county employees and programs and coordinating a variety of special events. Position serves as media liaison in the Director’s absence and performs other related duties as required.

 

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Information/Governmental Affairs Manager.

 

 

TYPICAL TASKS:

 

  • Produces employee newsletter
  • Plans, writes, edits, lays out, designs and coordinates various publications such as annual report, news releases, brochures, fliers and posters
  • Researches, writes, lays out, and plans news conferences and media events including preparation of media kits and background information
  • Develops and delivers appropriate presentations for civic and school groups
  • Completes research and public affairs assignments for County officials and others as necessary
  • Produces video packages for Durham County’s TV show
  • Responds to requests for information about Durham County
  • Posts relevant articles to Durham County’s Internet and Intranet web sites; maintains the web site Calendar of Meetings
  • Prepares resolutions and congratulatory letters on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners
  • Coordinates County’s customer service recognition program
  • Coordinates and participates in special events including operation of booths or public information areas
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

  • General knowledge of the functions and operations of county agencies
  • Knowledge of Windows, MS Word, Adobe PageMaker and PowerPoint
  • Skilled in use of digital camera and scanner technology
  • Knowledge of effective writing and graphic presentation practices and techniques
  • Ability to design and produce newsletters and public information materials
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate events, interviews and meetings
  • Knowledge of communication theory
  • Ability to master computing technology and develop effective web site information and copy
  • Excellent planning, organizing and project management skills
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects and tasks both internally and externally and to make an active an meaningful contribution to the team
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations with officials, employees, media and the public

 

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

 

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree in communications, English, journalism, media or a related field and two years experience in writing newsletters, news releases, video packages, feature articles and providing general public information activities. Ability to read or speak Spanish highly desired.

 

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh