The Iowa Department of Commerce Utilities Board is looking to fill an Information Specialist 2 to assist the state.
The successful candidate will serve as the communications assistant for the Iowa Utilities Board. Will work with the agency's Communications manager to plan and conduct comprehensive public information activities using appropriate communication and technology tools to disseminate public information regarding the policies, decisions, and programs of the Iowa Utilities Board. Assists with drafting information to inquiries from members of various media organizations, the general public, civil and social organizations, and department heads and employees, by written and oral communication to establish and maintain liaison, and explain diversified agency programs, services, dockets, and decisions. Attends Board public meetings, hearings, and appropriate policy meetings. Responsible for official agency meeting minutes from such meetings.
Candidate will work closely with the Communications manager on sensitive communication issues. Consults with the Communications Manager to guide and assist in the release of information in areas of public interest and sensitivity, including planning and use of social media for Board projects, events, hearings, and public meetings. Designs, writes, and edits special and periodic agency reports, articles, media advisories, and news releases for publications, newsletters, the agency website, creates and maintains social media postings, assists with preparation for media interviews, and works with the Communications Manager to aid the press by researching and organizing information to interpret, explain, document, or promote agency activities. Helps prepare and/or present educational materials and informational handouts for public consumer comment meetings, or other agency meetings, conferences, community outreach fairs, by coordinating efforts for most effective and efficient presentations.
Additionally, candidate will assist on project teams as assigned for gaining necessary background knowledge to enhance communications and participates in a wide range of projects, meetings, workgroups as necessary to provide documentation, and status updates to Board staff, management, and Board members on agency-related issues. Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume at the time of application.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:
1) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in journalism, public relations, graphic design, or communications and experience equal to two years of full-time work planning and developing content for dissemination through traditional media (newspapers, publications, radio, and television), websites, social media, and/or public speaking.
2) All of the following (a and b):
a. Two years of full-time work experience in planning and developing content for dissemination through traditional media (newspapers, publications, radio, and television), websites, social media, and/or public speaking; and
b. A total of four years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in part a), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in journalism, public relations, graphic design, or communications equals one year of fulltime experience.
3) Number two above, where thirty semester hours of postgraduate coursework in journalism, public relations, graphic design, or communications from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of the required full-time work experience.
4) Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to 18 months of full-time work as an Information Specialist 1.