Do you have a strong passion to change the world? If so, this may be your opportunity. The State of North Dakota’s purpose is to Empower People, Improve Lives, and Inspire Success. North Dakota’s Information Technology organization asks itself “How might we deliver world class technology and service?” North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) is seeking a candidate that has the same passion to Empower People, Improve Lives, Inspire Success, and deliver world class communications through the Public Information Officer position. The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual who enjoys working with people in a collaborative environment, who can learn quickly in a rapidly changing technology landscape, and who embodies the core values that we follow as public servants for the State of ND: Gratitude, Humility, Curiosity, and Courage. 
Work for one of the most progressive technology organizations at the state level and make a difference in the lives of the citizens. In an era of rapidly changing technology, process automation and IoT, we are helping to reinvent government through the use of technology. Do you have what it takes to lead communication efforts for people and technology, ultimately making a difference for the citizens of our state?  

The Public Information Officer is responsible for managing the external communications and media relations for NDIT.  The PIO leads the communications distributions and directs the daily workflow of the public information communications area and any related projects. This position is integral to NDIT marketing and branding experience. Successful applicant must be a visionary and an avid evangelist in regards to technology communications.    

Skills and responsibilities

Duties and Tasks  

•Oversee communications distributions and direct the daily workflow of the public information communications area, which may include directing any related projects. 
•Oversees external, public-facing communication and branding in various online and print platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and industry magazines. 
•Collaborates with executive leadership and/or other stakeholders to develop a public information strategy and guidelines for NDIT. 
•Serve as editor for others to ensure a consistent message across all media channels 
•Provide outreach, communications development, organize press releases & conferences, coordinate release of news articles, feature stories and media presentations to promote NDIT.  
•Serve as the main point of contact as agency liaison to news media outlets. 
•Serve as a key resource and collaborate on special projects where external communications and media relations are required. Examples such as: Dakota Strike Team, Girl Scouts National Cyber event held locally, or cyber security partnership with Palo Alto.

Required Skills/Abilities:  

•Ability to effectively interact with diverse technical and non-technical groups, spanning all organizational levels. 
•Ability to sell ideas or visions. Influence and advise stakeholders at all levels and positions regarding communications. 
•Ability to build relationships with all stakeholders. 


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Minimum qualifications

Minimum Qualifications  

Requires a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, public relations, or marketing and two years of related professional work experience; OR a bachelor’s degree in  another field related to the position’s program responsibility area and four years of professional work experience related to the communication duties described in this announcement. 

Preferred qualifications

Application Procedures  

•Please make sure that your resume includes information to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as posted.  Your work history will not be given credit if North Dakota Information Technology cannot determine that you meet the minimum qualifications.
•All application material must be received on or before the closing date by 11:59 pm and must include the following documents: 
•Cover Letter

•North Dakota Information Technology does not offer or provide sponsorships. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

For more information or if you need an accommodation, please contact: Darla Van Vleet, North Dakota Information Technology: Email: phone: (701) 328-1004, fax: (701) 328-3000 or TTY: 1-800-366-6888 or local at (701) 328-3190

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Equal Employment Opportunity  

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.