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Information Specialist Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises or coordinates professional staff through providing technical direction in the journalistic production of news, education or public relations information, and presentation of such to the school, media or public. Maintains responsibility for the more complex, and sensitive journalistic assignments.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Information Specialist level by the supervisory or lead responsibility.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises, monitors or coordinates activities of subordinates.
  • Technically directs the work of subordinate journalistic and clerical personnel engaged in preparing news releases, annual reports, publications, educational or other journalistic materials, which require writing, editing, production, layout design and photography.
  • Writes regular and feature news stories for local, regional and national media sources, arranges press conferences, supplies information and pictorial information and maintains positive working relationships with outside media sources or writes, edits, assists in writing and edits educational and/or public relations materials issued by department.
  • Gathers material; edits and writes newsletters.
  • Handles journalistic assignments of a specialized nature, such as, sports information, graduate study bulletins, posters and prevention and treatment of various diseases information, including design of handouts and flyers.
  • Performs editorial assignments as required.
  • Oversees maintenance of publicity and clipping files, and responds to correspondence and requests for information directed to public relations office.
  • Coordinates preparation of programs for broadcast.
  • Produces and directs photography for special events or public relations purposes.
  • Serves as liaison between department and printers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of news reporting and editing principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of public relations principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of printing and graphics.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in providing technical direction to professional and support staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Journalism or related field AND four years public information writing experience; OR, Seven years of progressively responsible public information writing experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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