Communications Specialist Public Information Officer – CLEET


Communications Specialist Public Information Officer – CLEET

Posted on: August 3rd, 2020   Topic: Employment Opportunities

Position: Communications Specialist Public Information Officer

Posted: 08/03/2020

Salary: $52,000 – $56,5000

Nature of Work 

Plans, organizes, and implements a wide range of communications and public relations activities/services to assure that CLEET’s key message reaches appropriate public and private stakeholders and other interested parties; manages public information activities, including press releases, special events, social media, and electronic media programs; serves as a Legislative liaison for CLEET and advisor to the Executive Director for all legislative affairs.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to stakeholders issues.  Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services.   Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and CLEET policies.

Work is usually performed in a standard office environment; occasional travel to other parts of the State or Country, State Capitol, and other facilities and locations to accomplish CLEET’s missions will be required; special events may require working outdoors, during evenings, nights, and/or weekends, and in inclement weather, nights. Light physical demands; mostly desk work, some lifting and carrying of files and reports. Frequent to constant use of a personal computer, lap top, and other mobile devices.


Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Full-time, regular, non-exempt position

First review of applicants will begin on August 17, 2020.

Compensation: $52,000 – $56,500, plus state benefits

Duties and Responsibilities Under Limited Supervision of the Executive Director

Serves as primary spokesperson for CLEET; coordinates and manages the public information staff and activities; coordinates public information programs with other departments, agencies, organizations and businesses to accomplish public outreach goals; coordinates activities with the Executive Director on council action and information to be released to the public; coordinates public relations activities for programs and departments to assure that CLEET’s key messages reach stakeholders and the public.

Trains staff members; plans and manages work activities; plans, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; monitors work, develops staff skills, and evaluates performance.

Monitors local, state, and national issues, assesses value and impact of information, and recommends a course of action; cultivates relationships with local, state, and national media to increase positive exposure for CLEET.

Develops and coordinates media strategies and campaigns for programs and departments; places stories in media outlets, fields media inquiries, and participates in interviews with the media; develops and coordinates the printing and distribution of publications and information packets; prepares, reviews, and edits information releases, publications, and scripts; coordinates assigned projects and special events. Serves as a Legislative liaison for CLEET and advisor to the Executive Director for all legislative affairs, monitors, tracks, and evaluates legislative bills, creates and develops working relationships with public and private stakeholders.

Composes communications on a wide variety of subjects; drafts and/or edits correspondence, speeches, technical documents, information packets and other communications for CLEET; interprets the actions and strategies of CLEET programs to specific groups and the media; assesses local, state, and national issues and develops communications strategies.

Maintains records and files; prepares special and recurring reports; develops budget and monitors expenditures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or related field AND four (4) years’ experience in mass communications programs, including lead/supervisory experience.  A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with CLEET policy.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in a relevant field; experience as a Public Information Officer for a municipality, state agency, or other public or private entity.


Valid driver’s license required.  If applicable, position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with CLEET policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Extensive Knowledge of: Principles and practices of administrative management, including personnel rules, budgeting, strategic planning, and effective employee supervision and training; current principles, social media, graphics, techniques, and objectives of marketing, public information, media relations, and community relations programs; professional journalistic methods, including research, publication, and presentation; principles and practices of files and records management; state and local community and media resources; print and broadcast media information channels; video production equipment, techniques, and quality standards; lobbying rules and strategies; business and personal computers and spreadsheet software applications; agency organization, operations, policies, and procedures.

Ability to: Identify and respond to stakeholders, staff, public, CLEET Council, and elected officials at all levels regarding issues and concerns; learn the organization, operation, and purpose of CLEET; interpret and apply CLEET policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; develop and implement an effective state public relations program; prepare and deliver effective verbal presentations; prepare and write effective letters, press releases, and promotional materials; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and representatives from other businesses and agencies.

Skills in:  Communicating effectively with CLEET employees, members of the media, other agencies, and the public by telephone, in person, and in group settings; maintaining composure and working effectively in a high-pressure environment with changing priorities; preparing and presenting information for diverse audiences; coordinating the activities in a public relations program; analyzing communications issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; assessing project needs and developing effective solutions; effectively managing and leading staff and delegating tasks and authority as appropriate.


Send a resume AND cover letter to Shelly Lowarance


August 17, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

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