Heart of Texas Region MHMR is hiring for a Temporary Public Information Officer (PIO), who is a creative and motivated communications professional, to assist in the development and administration of the Center’s communication program. The communication program includes developing communication strategies, media and public relations, community relations, dissemination of information related to Heart of Texas Region MHMR and website and social media maintenance.
This person filling this position will be responsible for directing, leading and implementing communications strategy to effectively manage:
  • public speaking
  • media relations
  • websites
  • social networking
  • print and broadcast communications
  • digital communication
  • other related subject matters across all programs
  • Perform an analysis of the Center’s Public Information needs and opportunities, which is a larger project devoted to moving the Center into national certification;
  • Assist with temporary projects including the Center’s rebranding efforts and other projects that may require conducting focus groups and town hall meetings;
  • May occasionally be tasked with acting as a Center spokesperson, and will be responsible for drafting Center communications, talking points, press releases, and other materials;
  • Direct, lead and implement communication strategies for the Center. Manage communications including public speaking, media relations, websites, social networking, print and broadcast communications, digital communication, etc.;
  • Work closely with all programs on program specific needs in regards to their communication and public relations needs;
  • Promote relationships with key stakeholders, cities and citizens within the Center catchment area and attend meetings and events within the County;
  • Monitor and respond to community feedback. Analyze extent of public understanding of Center programs and business and determines how to educate and communicate regarding such;
  • Assist with the Center’s online presence including social media, websites, etc.;
  • Develop public relations strategies centered on key legislative and policy issues;
  • Perform other duties as directed or as the situation dictates.
An employee in this position is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in planning and executing work responsibilities. The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Entry knowledge and abilities may be acquired through any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the incumbent to possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
           Knowledge of:
  • principles, methods, procedures, and strategies to carry out a public information program;
  • laws, policies, and procedures to distribute news and public information;
  • methods, techniques, and procedures to prepare and execute news releases, media kits, and educational materials;
  • web design principles and methods.
        Ability to:
  • communicate effectively;
  • coordinate public information projects;
  • design educational materials;
  • effectively prioritize workload;
  • meet short deadlines;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
The person filling this position must also possess;
  • regular and reliable attendance at work due to being an essential function of this position;
  • ability to report to work on time and in accordance with established work schedule;
  • the skill in the use of computers. Must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite, including word, excel, power point, outlook including outlook and google docs;
  • the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple responsibilities;
  • strong critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Center staff, the general public, county employees and other governmental agencies and governmental officials;
  • excellent time management skills and the ability to work with little or no supervision;
Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or related field.
Prefer an individual with direct work experience in public relations, media relations, communications work including writing, editing and public speaking, government relations or spokesperson responsibilities for a complex public, private or governmental organization.

Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment.

HOURS:  Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM *
* The nature of the position may require that work be performed before or after normal business hours or on weekends or holidays on an occasional basis.

SALARY:  $28,000.00 to $30,000.00 annual depending on experience



Department: Main Center
This is a non-management position
This is a temporary position

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