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MPT Communications Specialist - Repost

Recruitment #22-007585-0002


Maryland Public Television is a leader in the production of broadcast programming for public television. MPT's local, regional, and national television credits include public affairs, original performance, entertainment, and documentary programs for the citizens of Maryland. Beyond broadcast, MPT creates instructional videos, develops training, and builds internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students, teachers, and child-care providers annually. MPT's outreach activities, especially relating to arts, culture, and history, take place in all areas of the state to further fulfill MPT's mission to engage, enlighten, and entertain.


Maryland Public Television

11767 Owings Mills Blvd

Owings Mills MD 21117

Main Purpose of Job

Maryland Public Television's Communications Department is looking for a communications specialist to make meaningful contributions in the areas of publicity and media relations, internal communications, and institutional publications. This proven communications professional uses strong research and writing skills, organization, and attention to detail to plan, execute, and assess communications campaigns and activities across multiple platforms and audiences. 

This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Research, write, and edit publicity and media relations materials including news releases, media advisories, and related resources.

Work with MPT staff and journalists to develop story ideas and generate media pitches, fulfill media requests for information and materials, and prepare interview materials and talking points as needed for responses.

Track media placements and report on outcomes of media outreach activities.

Help build and maintain contact lists and activity logs.

Research, write, and edit content for staff bulletins and other internal communications vehicles.

Assemble and organize information; write, edit, and proofread copy; and contribute basic graphic design to support development of institutional communications materials including reports, presentations, fact sheets, infographics, etc.

Coordinate and oversee work of vendors to ensure assignment requirements are met.

Assist with the organization and execution of Communications Department responsibilities during special events and initiatives.

Support the Communications Department’s student internship program.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 

Experience: Two (2) years or more of experience in corporate communications, public relations, public information, media relations, or journalism. 


Candidates may substitute six (6) years of experience with effective performance of media relations and publicity for the required education and experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Proven experience developing and implementing communications plans and strategies.

Demonstrated experience developing and executing publicity and media relations campaigns.

Professional presence with strong verbal communication skills, illustrating clear and strategic thinking.

Proven experience writing in different styles for specific audiences.

Well versed in the use of Associated Press Stylebook rules.

Ability to write in varied styles and tones.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.

Commitment to delivering quality work products and consistently meeting project deadlines.

Comfort working in a hybrid workplace environment.

Ability to perform basic graphic design using software such as Photoshop, Canva, etc.

Experience using email marketing software such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact, GovDelivery, etc.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to Maryland Public Television – HR, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd., Owings Mills, MD., 21117. Paper application materials must be received by the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted. 

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-581-4382. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact S Hudson at 410-581-4267 or

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. 

MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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