Arkansas Government Job Public Information Coordinator in Little Rock, Arkansas


The Public Information Coordinator is responsible for overseeing public relations activities and developing and administering educational and informational programs related to the operation of an organization in state government. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

Typical Functions

Supervises subordinate public relations staff by making work assignments, establishing deadlines, providing instructions, reviewing work performed, and evaluating employee performance. Plans, develops, and directs the distribution of educational and promotional material concerning the organization by reviewing and approving articles, news releases, publications, and program exhibits, proofreading copy, and arranging for distribution. Presents educational and informational programs to civic organizations, governmental agencies, conservation groups, schools, and the general public, to increase awareness of the mission and function of the organization. Develops formal training programs and materials and conducts training for business leaders, government officials, organization staff, and the general public concerning organizational programs. Coordinates conferences and special events by securing speakers, planning agendas, approving entertainment and facility arrangements and contracts, and evaluating impact and success of events. Works with news media to coordinate coverage of activities and events by issuing invitations and press passes, accommodating media personnel, preparing press guides, and handling problems and schedule changes. Performs other duties as assigned.

Special Job Dimensions

Occasional in-state travel is required.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of public relations principles and practices. Knowledge of the principles and practices of journalism. Knowledge of publication requirements and procedures. Knowledge of managerial and supervisory practices and techniques. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct organization educational and promotional programs. Ability to oversee organizational publication activities. Ability to coordinate conferences, special events, and media coverage activities.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field; plus two years of experience in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Preferred Qualifications

Still photography, videography and video editing skills.

Qualification in operating Nikon D5, Canon EOS 5D, Mark IV, DSLR video equipment, studio White Lightning set, Avid and Final Cut Pro video editing software.

Proficient operating skills using Adobe Creative Suite products.

Applicants should be prepared during any interview process to provide copies of their photo portfolio and video demo reels.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Agency Specific Information

All positions advertised are subject to Hire Freeze Exception approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Applicants must submit a completed State of Arkansas Employment Application for each position they wish to be considered for. A resume may accompany the state application but will not be substituted for any part of the application.

A copy of form DD214 must be submitted along with the State of Arkansas Employment Application to be considered for Veteran Preference.

Direct Deposit is required for employment according to Act 1887 of 2005.