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The Arkansas Rehabilitation Services-Director of Communications is responsible for the overall management of public communications on behalf of the agency and acts as the

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Occasional in-state travel is required for presentations and appearances.

Typical Functions:

Serves as the media spokesperson for Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Coordinates the development and implementation of initiatives with the Commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and the Governors Office. Manages external communications of the agency, by researching, preparing and editing articles, press releases, public notices, brochures, speeches and fact sheets concerning agency activities. Develops and may prepare organizational publications for distribution to both internal and external departmental personnel. Controls strategies for the development and dissemination of informational programs. Arranges different types of public appearances to increase departmental service awareness. Monitors federal legislation, policy changes and laws as well as best practices by other states as it related to assigned programs. Develops reports and provides update to agency senior management and the Governors Office. Coordinates the creation of advertisements. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of organizational management techniques. Knowledge of operational methods utilized by the media. Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism, communications and public relations. Ability to access and optimize the use of media advertising services. Ability to write, edit and manage multiple assignments while working on tight deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelors degree in communications, public relations, business administration or a related field; plus four years of experience in a communications field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license.


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