Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Employee Category: Classified
Pay Range: $45,032 annually or higher depending on experience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Position Summary: The Public Information Officer (PIO) serves as the official spokesperson for the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and provides high-level communications on behalf of college leadership. The PIO executes a variety of college-wide communication and media relations initiatives designed to enhance the college's ties to its internal and external constituents. This position produces and disseminates information in accordance with CALS and U of I goals, objectives and priorities under the direction of the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives. It is expected for the chosen candidate to have a level of understanding of national, regional, state and local news outlets with regard to agriculture, science, research and technology coverage and the ability to develop and implement a strategy to earn a progressive level of awareness and placement for CALS stories in the media. The PIO develops and writes hard news, features, releases, media advisories, newspaper, magazine and newsletter articles for distribution to the lay and professional media on research and other activities in science and agricultural research/outreach and other technical or technology areas. In addition, this position maintains day-to-day relations with the media, to include handling media queries, media interviews, preparing news releases and media kits, and promoting stories. The PIO provides direct and proactive advice, consultation and assistance to college leadership regarding public information matters, to include direct assistance in researching, providing information and developing messages.
Bachelors degree in journalism, communications, public relations, English or other related field and at least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified OR 5 years professional experience in the field.
Experience using independent judgment and gathering, managing, and imparting information to the media and various other internal and external audiences.
Experience communicating with the press and other media, writing news releases, and pitching stories.
Experience with interviewing scientists and interpreting, translating, and writing technical, complex or specialized material to lay audiences.
Experience writing executive-level communications for internal and external audiences.
Experience working and communicating effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Experience developing stories independently.
Experience working in a team.
Experience writing with AP style.
Knowledge of technical writing principles.
Knowledge of agricultural and science media contacts and/or a proven ability to develop such relationships quickly.
Basic knowledge of photography and the use of digital cameras. Skills in digital photography, video, and web.
Successful experience with placing science and/or agricultural stories with regional and national media.
Experience working in higher education.
Skills in using word processing software.
Academic background in science or agriculture.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: Must be able to lift, carry, or otherwise move up to 50 lbs and be able to stand for extended periods of time.
Posting Number: SP002138P
Posting Date: 04/03/2019
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions: First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 5, 2019. The position will remain open until suitable applicant pool has been identified.In addition to the online application, individuals should submit a letter of application, resume, and 2 writing samples. Please upload your writing samples in the Applicant Documents section under Other Document 1 and Other Document 2.IMPORTANT: To be considered, your Letter of Qualification must address EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the Preferred Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
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