JOB: Media specialist

Missouri Department of Conservation seeks a media specialist for its Central Regional Office in Columbia, Mo.
Salary range

  • $35,724 – $62,952
  •  Beginning salary: $35724 – $38604 depending upon qualification.

Duties and responsibilities
Serves as a primary contact between the Department and various news media in the Central and Northeast Regions. Writes and distributes news releases and articles. Participates in coordination and production of radio/TV programs. Suggests feature stories, interviews and obtains news opportunities for media coverage. Provides background data for use by the media. Arranges for contact between the media and Department resource persons. Coordinates local radio and television coverage for Department programs, projects and special events. Assists Department staff in writing, editing and distributing to the media information about their work. Works with local Regional Coordination Team to coordinate regional media coverage. Acts as liaison between area media personnel and the Central Office in requests for assistance and materials and in providing news. Supports communication and outreach efforts of field staff. Accepts public speaking engagements on behalf of the Department. Performs other duties as required.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, mass communications, natural resource management or applicable subject and two years of combined experience in news media, public relations and/or forestry/fish/wildlife management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in television and in news writing is desirable.

Core competencies and special ability requirements
Ability to:

  • Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks.
  • Use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work and programs.
  • Keep focused on understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of customers.
  • Administer financial resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the Department’s mission.
  • Accept change and new information and cope with job pressure and stress.
  • Identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
  • Define a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions and solve problems.
  • Maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity.
  • Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility.
  • Create and sustain an atmosphere in which timely, quality information flows between self and others and to express facts and ideas in a convincing manner whether one-on-one or within or before groups.
  • Take a long-term view of the Department’s or Unit’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values and other factors.
  • Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
  • Operate a motor vehicle and have or obtain a valid Driver License.
  • Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Operate a personal computer.
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with citizens, city and county officials, university faculty and administrators, civic groups, Department staff and members of other news media.
  • Provide quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Be willing and available to work changing and flexible schedules including night and weekends when necessary.

Exemption status/special notes

  • This position has been determined to be exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensatory Time Off and Overtime policy.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.
  • The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an “Employment Eligibility Verification” (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.
  • Candidates seeking initial or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.
  • All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

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