PUBLIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT
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
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
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.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's
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
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
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
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
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:
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.