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The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) Public Information Officer is responsible for representing the department in disseminating information and establishing positive relations with the

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Supervises a small support staff by interviewing and recommending applicants for hire, training employees, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the work of incumbents. Provides information to the director and staff on departmental issues, programs, and problems, and provides advice on possible resolutions. Develops and recommends new methods and procedures to improve the effectiveness of inter-agency communication. Receives and gathers information on all departmental matters and contacts appropriate individuals to clarify, confirm, or obtain additional information as needed. Attends meetings, hearings, and legislative functions as a representative of the department and the director to exchange information concerning departmental matters with the public and its officials and to monitor legislative activities and decisions affecting departmental operations. Coordinates media coverage for significant departmental programs or emergency events to ensure the accuracy and completeness of information. Coordinates facility tours for various groups and organizations and leads tours as requested. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of the federal and state criminal justice systems. Knowledge of legislative processes pertaining to the field of criminal justice. Knowledge of operational activities occurring within ADC. Ability to compile and disseminate information. Ability to advise on departmental issues. Ability to coordinate media coverage. Ability to arrange departmental events. Ability to supervise and oversee the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, journalism, communications, public administration, or a related field; plus four years of experience in a related field, including one year of management or supervisory experience. 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.

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