New Job Public Information Officer In Oklahoma

Public Information Officer
Public Information Officer

Public Information Officer

Company : The State of Oklahoma
Salary : Up to $55,000 a year
Location : Oklahoma

Full Description

Job Posting Title
Public Information Officer
Supervisory Organization
Job Posting End Date (Continuous if Blank)
June 19, 2023
Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.
Estimated Appointment End Date (Continuous if Blank)
Full time
Job Type
Job Description
Come join the exciting world of emergency management! Do you have a desire and a passion to serve the citizens of Oklahoma? Come join our team and help your fellow Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (ODEMHS) prepares for, responds to, recovers from, and mitigates against disasters and emergencies. Our agency operates the State Emergency Operations Center which serves as a command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities.
The ODEMHS is seeking a full time Public Information Officer providing support to the Public Affairs Team. This is a state employee position governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The ODEMHS offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. Additional benefits include flexible scheduling. The annual salary for this position is up to $55,000.00 based on education and experience.
Position Summary
Under the direction of the Public Affairs Director, the Public Information Officer promoting the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and its various programs. This includes producing social media and web content, writing, and editing materials for the department, responding to inquiries from the media, and coordinating activities to tell the story of ODEMHS.

Typical Functions
  • Prepare news releases, articles, and other written content for the media and online to promote agency news and programs.
  • Serve as a Public Information Officer during disaster and non-disaster times; fulfill media inquiries, prepare agency updates for media and social media, coordinate media availability events, and perform media interviews as needed.
  • Coordinate and implement preparedness campaigns with partner agencies and stakeholders.
  • Manage and maintain agency social media efforts, to include development of a strategic social media calendar and unscheduled posts addressing emerging issues. Provide social media toolkits and materials to stakeholders.
  • Develop web graphics and short videos for social media and the website.
  • Develop and edit content for all agency web pages. Review and edit content submitted to ensure clarity, accuracy, branding consistency, and compliance with accessibility standards.
  • Develop educational and promotional materials for agency information booths and presentations.
  • Support facility tours and provide presentations on general agency or emergency management topics as needed.
  • Provide training on public information and social media in emergency management.
  • Serve as project leader for special PR projects.
  • Assist with external and internal event planning, including Emergency Management Conference and various office functions.
  • Manage electronic communication and email distribution software (currently GovDelivery) by assisting and producing professional emails and distribution lists when needed.
  • Work closely with agency Outreach Coordinator to support outreach events.
  • Develop and maintain systems for archiving and cataloging agency digital media.
  • Work with Public Affairs Director to ensure agency communication strategies are aligned with the ODEMHS’s overall strategic plan and goals.
  • During disasters, work with communications staff at partner agencies to ensure coordinated public information response.
Education and Experience
Education and Experience requirements consist of a bachelor's degree in any field plus two years of work-related experience in writing and editing, radio and/or television, public relations or serving as a public information officer. An equivalent combination of education and experience would be accepted with an additional two years of experience in writing and editing, radio and/or television, public relations or serving as a public information officer.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • AP Style
  • Social media for business/agency purposes
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Graphic design and layout programs
  • Federal Accessibility standards
  • Website design
Special Requirements
Must be able and willing to perform all job-related travel in-state and out-of-state when necessary, including overnight travel and travel to disaster scenes. Percentage of travel up to 10%. Must be able to work extended hours during Emergency Operations Center activations, including nights and weekends if necessary. Must be available most times via agency phone in case of disaster. Must be able to work in office in Oklahoma City.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with climate-controlled settings and exposure to mild noise level. This position requires long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and telephone.
Reasonable Accommodation:
Any qualified applicant with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits his/her ability to participate in the application process and desires a reasonable accommodation, must notify of the need for an accommodation, identify the impairment, and identify the requested accommodation.
Equal Opportunity Employment:
The ODEMHS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.