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State of Nevada Announces
An Open Competitive Recruitment for:
APPROXIMATE ANNUAL SALARY -  $55,958.40 to  $83,394.72  PAY GRADE: 37
For more information on benefit and retirement programs, please see the sections below.
In order to receive consideration, applicants must indicate their availability for any work type, travel, and location requirements listed.
Work Type: A Permanent, full time vacancy
Department: Education
Division: Dept. of Education
Job Class Code: 07.804
Announcement Number: 41643
Open to all qualified persons.
Posted 01/20/2021
Close Date: 02/03/2021
   Phone: (775)684-0132
   Email: rwoomer@admin.nv.gov
Applications accepted for another Expired
The Position
Public Information Officers manage the public relations and information program for an agency on a statewide basis; write media releases, newsletters, and informational brochures; produce audiovisual presentations and take photographs.
Incumbents possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform advanced-level work and may provide work direction and training to others. This is a Public Information Officer II (PIO) position for the Nevada Department of Education (NDE). This position may be located in either Las Vegas or Carson City. The PIO leads NDE communications efforts under and is on the Department's leadership team. They ensure the Department is represented professionally while providing a level of transparency appropriate for a constituent-focused public agency. The PIO writes press releases, delivers media pitches, and responds to questions and information requests from the public and the media, representing the Department on the record as necessary. The incumbent will develop communications plans for Department initiatives and manage and support the Superintendent and senior staff's public appearances, including drafting briefings, remarks, and/or presentation; works with local and national reporters and is responsible for seeking avenues to raise the Department, State Board of Education and Superintendent's profile, which in turn elevates the work of the State as a whole; and creates content for and manages NDE's presence on social media.
The incoming PIO will be responsible for creating a year-long strategic communications plan, working with NDE offices and inter-agency teams to promote programs and continuing to amplify the Department's 2020 Statewide Plan for the Improvement of Pupils. The PIO facilitates communication with stakeholders, including biweekly series of communications to district/school administrators and a monthly newsletter to educators; and oversees Department Public Records Requests, as well as the Department's website and its compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. Success in this position requires problem solving and performance of specialized duties with an exceptional degree of independence, efficiency, and accuracy. The incumbent must be tech savvy and have the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential for successful job performance. The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages. ***THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.***

To Qualify:
In order to be qualified, you must meet the following requirements:
Education and Experience (Minimum Qualifications)
    Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in journalism, English, public or community relations, communications or closely related field and three years of professional experience in administering or directing a public information program including writing media releases and newsletters, preparing and presenting speeches and multimedia presentations, independent media contact, development of public relations strategies and journalistic writing; OR one year of experience as a Public Information Officer I in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Special Notes
    The incumbent may be required to work a flexible shift, to possibly include some weekends.
Special Requirements
    A State of Nevada/FBI background check will be required of the selected applicant.
    A valid drivers license or evidence of equivalent mobility is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment.
The Examination
Application Evaluation Exam
The exam will consist of an application evaluation. It is essential that applications include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.
The following additional questions are part of this Recruitment
1) Please describe your experience tailoring communications to diverse audiences, which may include students/children, parents/families, and other members of the public.
2) Please describe your experience preparing presentations and/or remarks.
3) Please describe your experience with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
4) Describe your experience working in education or related fields and your comfort level communicating about education policies and programs.
5) Please upload a cover letter and a copy of your resume.
For more information about state employment, visit the following:
Division of Human Resource Management: http://hr.nv.gov
Public Employees Retirement System: http://www.nvpers.org
Public Employees Benefits Program: http://pebp.state.nv.us
More Benefits Information: http://nvjobs.nv.gov/Applicants/EB
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Division of Human Resource Management
Northern Nevada
209 East Musser Street,
Room 101
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4204

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Division of Human Resource Management
Southern Nevada
555 East Washington Avenue,
Suite 1400
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101-1046

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