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PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER II

Education Media Communications

Recruitment #20-002378-0003

Introduction


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.

GRADE

State Salary Grade 15
Annual Salary Range: $44,106 - $56,982 (with progression to $70,201)

LOCATION OF POSITION

Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for researching, developing coordinating, and providing information to the press and public and for developing media advisories releases, talking points, memos, brochures, and web pages in response to education initiatives and inquiries and requests for responses to public information act requests.

POSITION DUTIES

Designs, writes and edits publications, talking points and graphical presentations using social media and web media format; collaborates with MSDE’s divisions and web master to develop and improve publications and enhance web communications; updates and revises existing MSDE publications; drafts talking points, speeches, Op-Eds, and PowerPoint presentations as needed for external and internal audiences; serves as back-up to the Communications Director in responding to queries from the press; assists with developing strategic communications plans to coincide with various MSDE policies and programs and in the planning and conducting communications/media events and projects; tracks and coordinates responses to Public Information Act (PIA) requests.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:   A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with at least 30 semester credit hours in one or more of the following subjects: English, journalism, public relations, writing or other similar and related courses.

EXPERIENCE: Three years experience in public information, public relations, journalism or other related experience in publicity or promotional work.

Notes: 

  1. Applicants may substitute additional experience as described above on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 
  2. Applicants may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in public affairs specialist classification or public affairs specialty codes in the information and arts field of work on a year- for-year basis for the required experience and education.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

One year of experience developing written, web-based, and social media presentations.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of website media design, media communications, and graphical representation; knowledge of social media platforms; knowledge of  public information concepts, communication, and marketing principles; skill in developing written, oral and public communications using a variety of computer software and web content tools; skill in researching information and constructing presentations of information in a clear and concise format; ability to write quickly and effectively, and accurately in a variety of writing styles; ability to establish harmonious and productive  relationships with the media and publishers; ability to organize multiple tasks and events; ability to work effectively as part of a team.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on marylandpublicschools.org). On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.
Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and travel throughout the state are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for – Public Affairs Officer II, Education Media Communications #085077 - JobAps #20-002378-0003. Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities available upon request.