Communications Specialist - Dept. of Education

State of Indiana - Indianapolis, IN3.5

Full-time
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Indiana Department of Education

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of innovative support to Indiana's schools, teachers, students, and parents. We are proactively working with educators, policy makers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to achieve our mission of "Working Together for Student Success."

Salary for this position starts at $55,000 but is commensurate with education and job experience

Communications Specialist
The Communication's Specialist position supports all communications efforts for the Indiana Department of Education under the direction of the Department's Director of Communications. This individual must be able to communicate well (especially in writing) and be organized and flexible.

A day in the life
Serve as host to all SPI office visitors.
Accept all incoming SPI office phone calls.
Process office supply orders for all statehouse offices.
Process administrative paperwork for the SPI, communications, and legislative teams.
Respond to constituents via email or paper letters.
Review and summarize miscellaneous reports and documents; organize and file documents.
Prepare letters, memos, and thank you cards.
Assist with planning and execution of IDOE events, programs, meetings etc.
Explain basic IDOE policies and procedures to interested parties.
Coordinate with subject matter experts within the Department to ensure accurate messaging.
Assist with the creation, review, and/or edit of presentations, newsletters, infographics, social media accounts, and other written content.
Monitor and respond to directives from the Superintendent’s office.
Attend various events for public relations purposes and to take photos.
Assist with the development of print publications and online content.
Research relevant K-12 education issues and practices.
Maintain the highest level of integrity in the protection of the confidentiality of policy and personnel information within the office.
Travel with the Superintendent and other Department leadership to regional meetings, conferences, and events on occasion.
What we're looking for
Minimum of Bachelor's degree in communications, public affairs, education or related area.
Minimum of two years of related experience preferred.
Proven effectiveness as a communicator (especially in writing).
Strong computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google G-Suite, and the use of various social media platforms.
Strong project management skills.
Possess adequate knowledge, skills, and experience to perform the duties of the job.
Understand the purpose of the Department and how the position contributes to the overall mission of the agency.
Ability to remain flexible, detail-oriented, and positive in response to changing deadlines/priorities.
Ability to work independently and as a member of the collaborative team.
General knowledge of all Department programs and the activities associated with each program preferred.
Ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient manner with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
Group life insurance
Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
New Parent Leave
Free Downtown Parking

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer