Public Information Officer

Richland County Government, Columbia, South Carolina

Date PostedDecember 31, 2018
Job StatusFull-time

Richland County is seeking a Senior Public Information Coordinator to assist in the dissemination of County data, information and news in an effort to keep the County's residents and interested parties informed of County-related activities.

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Information, the Senior Public Information Coordinator shall draft news releases, develop promotional materials and, whenever appropriate, serve as a spokesperson on issues affecting County operations.

The ability to work in the evenings or at night for regular County Council meetings is required. The position also may require additional work in the evenings or at night as warranted.

The position regularly interacts with County employees, County Council members, other elected officials, representatives of the print, radio and television media as well as civic and school groups, industrial representatives, and the general public. This position may be assigned special projects and other responsibilities as required. The position requires travel around the County. The successful applicant must possess a valid state driver's license.

The position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in journalism, media relations or closely related field, plus at least five to seven years of progressively responsible work experience in print or broadcast journalism or media or government relations. A background in reporting on local government issues is strongly preferred.

The successful applicant must demonstrate ability to write news articles and/or releases. Separate from the application, all applicants must include three short writing samples of which the applicant is the sole author. (At least one media release is preferred.)

The position requires the ability to work independently and as part of a team, as needed. The position also requires the ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment. No relocation expenses will be provided.

Complete an application at the Richland County Government website. Visit and click on Careers.

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