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The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) Director of Communications is responsible for the overall management of public communications on behalf of the agency

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Serves as primary liaison to the media through direct contact with news editors, reporters and photographers, fielding all media inquiries, and serves as the department spokesperson for print and television. Communicates strategies for the development and dissemination of informational programs to maintain organizational activities of the department. Communicates regularly with communications staff of the Governor on media-related issues. Manages external communications for the department related to press releases and media advisories. Prepares briefings for the DFA Director and DFA Deputy Director/Revenue Commissioner or other staff members prior to public events; coordinates press conferences and media events. Manages the department’s timely responses to media-related requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Provides media training and advises department personnel on matters related to public relations. Conducts special projects as directed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism, communications and public relations. Knowledge of state executive, legislative, and judicial government and departmental operations. Knowledge of state and federal budgetary, accounting, human resource and purchasing laws, policies, procedures and practices. Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act. Knowledge of communications and public relations strategies. Knowledge of written and verbal communication methods and techniques. Ability to analyze and interpret departmental issues or inquiries and develop written and verbal communication statements or responses. Ability to review and edit communication materials in accordance with departmental guidelines. Ability to assimilate and provide information in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. Ability to develop or revise communications and public relations strategies on a department wide basis. Ability to speak effectively before both internal and external groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, business administration or a related field; plus six years of progressively more responsible experience in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field, including three years in a supervisory capacity.

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