GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Assists in development and implementation the Colorado Judicial Department's communications, public education and information programs. Primary responsibilities will include content analysis and development, publications, and public education.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Assists in responding to media inquiries by gathering information and referring the media to appropriate resources. Works with public information officer to provide workshops and round table discussions for the media about the courts statewide.
Updates, edits, and distributes the “Media Guide to Colorado Courts”.
Develops, designs branch publications including annual report narratives, self-help brochures, and executive summaries of reports.
Assists in the development and implementation of statewide public education project initiatives, including coordination of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals “Courts in the Community Program”.
Manages logistics with Supreme Court and Court of Appeals regarding requests to visit the court; attends court visits and provides event support to court staff and PIO.
Assists in developing press releases, media alerts and Branch announcements.
Works with PIO to develop and implement strategies for dealing with difficult issues publicly and for garnering positive press attention. Serves as an advisor for programs and individuals within the Judicial Department on communications matters.
Assists in providing advice to judges in matters related to the media and in media relations training for judges.
Works with PIO and Web Administrator to develop and enhance the Colorado Judicial Branch’s internet and intranet websites.
Seeks and secures approvals for internet postings and works with the Webmaster to post information to the internet in a timely manner.
Provides staff support to Supreme Court and Court of Appeals committees as appropriate.
Responsible for developing and updating bench books online.
Attends meetings and training as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, journalism, judicial or public administration or a related field. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum three years experience in news media, emphasis on court-related reporting highly desired; experience in education, communications, court management or like field may be substituted. Institutional knowledge of the courts is highly preferred. Working knowledge of web-based communications preferred. Additional related work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required formal education.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls and inquiries simultaneously; and may occasionally handle absentee replacement on short notice.