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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Veterans Affairs Dept - INFORMATION OFFICER 3

Job Description:

This position is responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of a comprehensive communications and public relations program that will enhance the image and position of the MN Department of Veterans Affairs within the state.

Job Duties:
  • Research and create content for all public education and informational materials for the Department.

  • Assists with special events and communication events as assigned.

  • Prepares and edits news releases which may be of vital public concern.

  • Memorializes Department activities and events with photography.

  • Assists webmaster with web page design.

  • Collaborates with Communications Director in creating, developing and implementing public relations strategy.

  • Writes speeches for Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for public speaking engagements.

  • Develops and implements media internship program.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

    Bachelor's degree in mass communications, journalism, English, or public relations.

    Three years professional experience in writing and editing materials, such as news releases, articles, and marketing materials.

    Experience in Web development and the production of Web content, marketing materials, and collateral material that demonstrates strong writing and editing skills.

    Knowledge of Associated Press journalistic techniques for presenting information to broad audiences.

    Experience with photographic manipulation and the creation of images designed to compliment written communications.

    Experience with design and layout of publications using Desktop publishing software.

    Advanced oral and written communication skills.

    Computer graphics skills and experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software.

    Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

    Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Considerable knowledge of journalistic principles and practices; writing requirements for the press, radio and television or for curriculum and educational materials.

    Time management skills.

    Knowledge of Veterans Programs and veteran's issues.

    Selection Process:

    The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Your resume will be entered into a database. The software program matches your skills with the skills needed to perform the duties of the position. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

    If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.

    How to Apply:

    You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through the online Resume Builder at . You may copy and paste in your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also collects your work preference information so we can match you with future job openings that meet your interests.

    If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Department of Employee Relations (DOER), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and DOER web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-296-2616 or, in greater Minnesota, 1-800-657-3974.

    Contact for More Information:

    Roxie Kronick, 612/721-0672; roxie.kronick@state.mn.us.