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Job Specification

 PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT

 DEFINITION:

       Under direction of a supervisory official in a state department,
  institution, or agency, does the work involved in helping to collect,
  put into proper form, and disseminate informative materials designed to
  aid the public information program of the unit concerned; does related
  work as required.

 EXAMPLES OF WORK:

       Helps gather informative materials concerning the current and
  proposed programs of the department and assists in putting the data
  collected into usable form.

       Assists in the work involved in the preparation and distribution
  of news releases, speeches, radio scripts, films, features news
  stories, telecast scripts, bulletins, pamphlets, circulars, and other
  information materials designed to acquaint the general public with the
  functions, aims, programs regulations, policies, and procedures of the
  department.

       Helps to compile material for, write, edit, and make final drafts
  of materials to be used in house papers and bulletins designed for
  employees of the department.

       Assists in work involved in collecting, compiling, tabulating, and
  interpreting statistical and other information and in putting it into
  understandable form for the use of the general public.

       Attends meetings, conferences, committee hearings, and other group
  meetings pertinent to the work of the department and makes full reports
  of the thinking and conclusions of the group concerned.

       Helps prepare posters, charts, graphs, exhibits, and other visual
  aid materials, as required.

       Makes speeches and gives talks before adult and school groups.

       Drafts delegated correspondence concerning the public relations
  and publicity activities of the department.

       Prepares essential reports of varied types.

       Maintains essential public relations and publicity records and
  files.

       Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
  and/or manual recording and computerized information systems 
  used by the agency, office, or related units.

  REQUIREMENTS:

       EDUCATION:

           Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's
  degree.

       EXPERIENCE:

           One (1) year of experience in the collection, analysis,
  preparation, and dissemination of information in a public relations
  and/or public information program in a public or private agency or
  organization.

           NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required education
  may substitute additional experience on a year-for-year basis.

           NOTE: A Master's degree in Journalism, Public Relations,
  Communications, or English may be substituted for the one (1) year of
  required experience.
       LICENSE:

           Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid
  in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
  mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

  KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

           Knowledge of the methods and techniques involved in collecting
  and analyzing factual data and its interpretation and publication
  through the media of print, radio, and television.

           Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, procedures,
  programs, and methods of the department and their application to
  specific cases after a period of training.

           Knowledge of modern public information and advertising
  techniques and devices and of the conventions and the form and style
  required for press releases for print, radio, and television.

           Knowledge of the sources from which significant information
  may be obtained.

           Ability to prepare and assist in preparing informative
  articles and news releases for publication via the media of print,
  radio, and television.

           Ability to review and edit written material and to proofread
  copy.

           Ability to give talks before groups of varied ages and to
  promote cooperation with the aims of the department.
           Ability to utilize available media for the dissemination of
  news and information.

           Ability to maintain essential records and files.

           Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
  manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
  office, or related units.

            Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
  English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American
  Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
  communication.

           Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as
  long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
  reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.  If the
  accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue
  hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

  This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

CAH   11/03/1995