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Public Information Officer Job Description

Job Series:  Public Information
FLSA status: Exempt
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R44050
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 8/30/99.

Develops and coordinates the Colorado Judicial Department's communications, public education and information programs.
Responds to media inquiries by gathering information and referring the media to appropriate resources.
Updates, edits, and distributes the “Media Guide to Colorado Courts” annually. 
Works with the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Press Association to provide workshops and round table discussions for the media about the courts statewide. 
Works with the Freedom of Information Council to represent the interests of the Judicial department on access to information issues. Sets up editorial boards on issues important to the Department.
Serves as staff to the Supreme Court Public Education Committee. Assists in the development and implementation of detailed statewide public education project initiatives, including coordination of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals “Courts in the Community Program”.
Confers with district administrators, judges, and Public Education Committee to determine the public education needs; implements, budgets for, and evaluates projects of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Public Education.
Principally responsible for developing and implementing the internal and external communications plan for the Colorado Judicial Department. Annually updates the internal communications plan and obtains approvals from the Chief Justice and State Court Administrator. 
Edits the Colorado Courts Newsletter. Regularly meets with an editorial board to guide the contents of the Colorado Courts Newsletter. Supervises the contents of the Colorado Judicial Branch web home page.
Serves as liaison to the Colorado Bar Association PEC, the Freedom of Information Council and Colorado Press Association.
Serves as an advisor to the programs and individuals within the Judicial Department on communications matters. Provides strategies for dealing with difficult issues publicly and for garnering positive press attention.
Attends meetings and training as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Shares supervisory accountability for other employees, volunteers, or interns. Plans, directs and coordinates activities for a unit. Duties may include scheduling and assigning of work, training in all facets of work, quality control, and assists in making decisions impacting the pay, status and tenure of others.
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.
 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. Three years of experience in education, communications, court management or like field required. 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.
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