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PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER I - Contractual

Ambassador - Public Relations Representative

Recruitment #22-003236-0006

Introduction

Maryland 529 is an independent, non-profit State agency responsible for administering the Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer Prepaid College Trust and the Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan. Both plans are the State's only qualifying 529 plans, named after the section of the Internal Revenue Code that permits states to establish and administer tax-advantaged college savings plans. Both plans provide flexible and affordable options to help families save for future higher education expenses and reduce dependence on student loans and other forms of debt. Each plan has its own set of features and benefits, and offer Maryland taxpayers a unique tax benefit. Maryland 529 is also the administrator of the Maryland ABLE plan, which helps individuals with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses without jeopardizing state or federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid.

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland 529 college savings plans. This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.  Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

Kent, Queen Anne's, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worchester counties.

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to assist the agency's marketing department with state outreach efforts. Ambassadors are trained to deliver accurate and complete information about Maryland's two 529 college savings plans in the form of in-person and online presentations. This position also attends various community events, such as exhibits, fairs, etc., to set up and staff a table display, and distribute informational material while responding to questions from the public. Our marketing efforts are heavily concentrated during our open enrollment period (typically December-June), which means that the need for this position peaks during this time of the year. Hours will vary depending on the time of year, but will primarily take place on weeknights and/or weekends,  not to exceed more than 20 hours in a week.

POSITION DUTIES

Primary duties include, but is not limited to:

· Volunteer/be assigned to conduct virtual and/or in-person presentations and events in your area

· Accurately locate the site of the presentation/event (typically a school, could also be some other type of public facility such as a government office building);

· Arrive or log into webinar system at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled event or presentation;

· Bring a sufficient supply of marketing materials for the expected number of attendees;

· Deliver information with accuracy and in an interesting manner;

· Accurately and patiently responds to all questions. 

· Complete the online feedback survey (regarding the number of attendees, the nature of their questions, general interest level, etc.) within 2-5 business days of the event

· Bi-weekly submission of time sheets via SPS system

· Submit expense reports for travel to the Director of Marketing, within 30 days of the event. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: Six years of experience in public information, public relations, journalism or other related experience in publicity or promotional work.

Notes: 

1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 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 areas of study and two years of experience in public information, public relations, journalism or other related experience in publicity or promotional work for the required experience. 

2. Candidates 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.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualification(s). Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following:  

  • Sufficient demonstrated financial experience to thoroughly understand and be able to clearly explain all aspect of the two college savings plans that are offered by Maryland 529.
  • Strong interest in encouraging families to save for future college costs;
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel to presentations and event;
  • Ability to work primarily in the evening and on weekends;
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Ability to relate well with all types of people, personality styles and cultures demonstrating patience and empathy.
Reference who can attest to the reliability of the candidate to meet scheduling commitments.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

The candidate applying must be willing to work in and around the selected county/area:

·   Talbot, Kent, Queen Anne's, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Must have a valid driver's license.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

All Candidates will be subject to a background investigation including criminal and credit history.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) 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. 

Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of completing the employment application.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.  This evaluation must be submitted with your application. 

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-4850, 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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