Communications Specialist

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Healthcare / Marketing & Media
Under general supervision, this professional administrative position assists with writing, coordinating, researching and implementing communication programs by using a variety of communication tools to deliver informative messages to both internal and external audiences. Works with departmental staff, community partners, professional organizations and the general public to develop communication strategies and improve public and media access to relevant information. Applies health communication theories and best practices to communication strategies in order to achieve positive health outcomes.
Performs functions to achieve the agency’s mission in areas of essential public health services and demonstrates foundational skills in the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, especially in the communication, cultural competency, and community dimensions of practice domains. Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis. Assists with identifying and promoting departmental achievements, innovations, programs, services and issues relevant to the general public.
Assists with the creation, development, production and distribution of communication objectives and products for the county or department across multiple channels using traditional, online and social media platforms. Communication tools may include, but are not limited to, websites, news releases, media advisories, video production, e-newsletters, brochures, flyers, speeches, presentations and feature articles. Assists in the coordination of branding and marketing efforts. Maintains professional media relations and monitors media coverage of pertinent topics. Designs graphics for electronic and/or print communication. Maintains and updates content on the department’s website and/or social media sites. Operates audio visual recording equipment for meetings or other events and uploads the videos to the department website. Assists in the coordination and/or production of the department’s graphic, video and photographic needs. Assists in the production of designated special events, including set up and take down. Serves as a Public Information Officer (PIO) for Linn County, including during disasters, emergencies and drills.
Acts as a media advisor to the department on public information and media issues. Reviews and updates communication policies and procedures in alignment with best practices and standards. Develops communication strategies and asocial communication objectives. Assists in the creation of promotional campaigns for public health services, grants and important health issues. Works with staff to prepare grant proposals to support and enhance agency needs. Develops the annual department communication plan and assists in the development of the associated budget. Assists in the preparation of reports on activities, program procedures and epidemiological study results. Supports the development of year end reports. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product. Listens to the “Voice of the Customer” and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing, health promotion, health education or a closely related field. Specialized training, minor or certification in Health Communications or Social Marketing preferred. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in public health or health communication field. Previous experience in translation and dissemination of scientific information to audiences in a variety of formats preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent proofreading and editing skills. Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions. Ability to effectively interact with a broad range of people to effectively accomplish assigned tasks or projects and develop and maintain professional relationships. Understanding of various communication methods and techniques. Exercises good judgment. Must have strong attention to detail and follow-through. Ability to handle multiple tasks, changing priorities and work under deadlines. Ability to manage time efficiently, prioritize tasks and self-direct work. Ability to think creatively. Knowledge of website content management and social media platforms. Must support and help advance the department’s vision, mission and values. Knowledge and experience with designing graphics for web and/or print by using a product such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite. Ability to speak in public. Knowledge of and experience in writing grants. General knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn current and emerging public health issues and best practices for intervention. Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Knowledge of patient privacy and confidentiality, public health and public health preparedness-related issues and skills in preparing and disseminating health information. Must successfully complete basic Microsoft Word and Excel tests administered by the Human Resources Department. You will be contacted after the application deadline to schedule a time for testing. Valid State of Iowa driver’s license required or must have the ability to procure transportation to off-site meetings and trainings. Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment. Regular work attendance required. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Application Instructions:

SHIFT: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday 

SALARY: $24.01/hour

DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

APPLY AT: (Current Openings)

Job ID: 68146

Posted 20 days ago

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