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Thursday, March 31, 2011

State Energy Office - INFORMATION OFFICER 2 **Apply today, job closes today**

The department is located in downtown St. Paul with parking conveniently located across the street in a parking ramp accessible via skyway. Parking and bus passes are subsidized by the agency and available to you at a cost ranging from $23 to $60 per month. This position includes a full benefit package including health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits and more.

Provide professional communication services to the Department of Commerce (DOC), particularly in the Energy Division. Serve as a member of the department's Communications Team and Energy Information Center, which responds to energy-related inquiries received by the public. In addition to interaction with the public, this person will be responsible for general public relations activities, writing and editing articles, technical publications, consumer brochures and occasional media releases about department programs.

Note: Salary at hire typically ranges from $36,665 - $39,087 for employees new to state service.

Note: Job offer contingent upon passing a background check.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Journalism or related field and at least one year of professional-level communications experience (e.g., writer, editor, communicator, communications/information officer, etc.) or closely-related work experience;
Two years of the above experience.

The writer/editor should possess demonstrated skills and experience in the following areas:

Technical writing:
- Research data, reports, articles and web content and other materials;
- Interviewing and working with content experts;
- Create documents, articles, presentations and publications for several
audiences (e.g., energy-related industry; legislative representatives; local government agencies; and the general public).

Editing ability/skill sufficient to:
- Proofread and copyedit documents and materials;
- Compile and re-write content to meet different audiences and media including:
flyers, handouts, fact sheets, publications, web pages, presentations;
- Work with content experts on editorial changes.

Knowledge of methods to present information to the public and considerable knowledge of journalistic principles, practices and techniques.

Customer service/human relations skills sufficient to maintain effective working relationships with staff.

Oral and written communication skills sufficient for composition, editing and public speaking.

Computer skills (e.g., advanced skills in use of word-processing, desktop publishing, and layout/design software).

If you meet the above requirements, please respond to the Item below in the "Job-Specific Questions" section in ResumeBuilder. This information will be used to determine whom to invite for interviews. If you do not provide this information, you may not be considered.

1) Provide two writing samples that reflect your ability to meet the qualifications of this position. These may be news releases, newsletter articles, reports or any other pertinent material. (If you prefer, you may send your writing sample via e-mail (send to: or via fax (fax # 651-296-2029)

Preferred Qualifications:

Working knowledge of photography, illustration and audio/video applications.

Working knowledge of layout/design software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).

An understanding of energy-related issues.

Knowledge of building and appliance industry, including a working knowledge of building science.

How to apply:

You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume to the database through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste 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 this posting and future job openings to which you apply.

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. However, to ensure consideration for this position, both new and returning applicants need to apply directly to this posting number by checking the "Apply for this job" box found near the end of this announcement.

If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget(MMB)400 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 website ( or via the "State Careers" menu-choice on the MMB website (, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.

Get more information here: refer to posting number 11COMM000012