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BC10 - Public Information Specialist

Band 4  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Prepares, edits and disseminates informational or educational material for a state agency or institution; plans and promotes agency programs and activities.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in this class perform entry-level professional work in development and dissemination of agency informational material and promotion of agency activities.

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Writes news releases, articles, feature stories and speeches for release to the mass media; conducts research to verify reliability of material.
Collects and assembles information on agency activities through interviews or research; writes and prepares publications such as newsletters, pamphlets and brochures.
Edits manuscripts and publications; proofreads material to ensure grammatical accuracy and consistency in style and presentation.
Maintains liaison with authors and contributors in order to solicit and secure manuscripts for publications; consults with authors on editorial changes and production techniques.
Maintains contacts with newspapers, radio and television stations and other mass media services to disseminate informational materials of public interCreatedPlans and promotes agency programs and activities.
Prepares special briefs for wire services or writes information copy on special topics.
Prepares releases and arranges distribution schedule; determines production and binding requirements and prepares written specifications and instructions for printers.
Photographs subjects or arranges for photographs for use in informational materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of journalistic principles and practices and techniques of disseminating information to the public through news media.
Knowledge of grammar, composition and style.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in planning, composing and editing publications.
Skill in the layout of publications and the preparation of camera-ready work.
Ability to conduct interviews and research.
Ability to gather, organize and present oral and written information in a clear, concise and accurate manner.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the media and the general public.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A bachelor's degree.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions while standing. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions while sitting. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions while walking. (Frequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work outdoors in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent)
Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Infrequent)
Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous)
Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous)
Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous)
Ability to lift and carry 15# , unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift objects from floor level to height of 36 inches, to 15#, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lower objects, to 15 #, from height of 36 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to push/pull objects to 15 #, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected, in one eye or with both eyes. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Frequent)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and/or understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. (Continuous)
Must be ambidextrous. (Continuous)
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)
Ability to work in dusty areas (Infrequent)


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