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Monday, November 21, 2016

State of Minnesota - Communications Specialist

This is a journey-level communications position that exists to plan, develop, coordinate and execute an effective communication effort to strengthen public knowledge of the programs of the Minnesota Department of Education, and to further the work of the department in supporting the promotional, informational, regulatory and educational needs of Minnesota school district personnel, teachers, partners, stakeholders and the general public.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, English or closely related field.

Knowledge of journalistic principles and practices related to writing and editing.

Knowledge of communications principles and strategies sufficient to implement effective communications marketing including planning, editing and filming promotional or informational video content.

Experience with design and web software, specifically creating and editing multimedia content for websites and social med ia; creating engaging video content for audiences with social-media attention spans.

Experience editing complex documents to meet the state's accessibility requirements and standards.

Strong working knowledge of computer programs and skills including Microsoft Office Suite products and Adobe Acrobat Professional or other related software.

Strong written and oral communications skills.

Ability to use social media for communication purposes.

Ability to interact with employee personnel and stakeholders in a courteous, pleasant and professional manner.

Must work well within a team, within a demanding public environment, and often under tight deadlines

Preferred Qualifications: Experience conducting workshops or delivering training.

Experience working with government agency communication.

Application Details

How to Apply Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to .

CURRENT permanent-classified MDE employees represented by MAPE who are eligible for interest bidding for the position should consult Article 16, Vacancies, Filling of Positions, Section 3, Job Posting and Interest Bidding, of their negotiated agreement. In order to be considered for the position as an interest bidder your application must be received by the "Closed for Bid" date listed above.

Contact If you have questions about the position, contact Peggy Dornseif at or Josh Collins at


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email . Please indicate what assistance you need.

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