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Vacancy Title:    Communications Specialist

Job Order Number:   10060245


Domicile Location:   Jefferson City

Section/Office:  Communications / Office of Commissioner of Education

Salary:   $41,904

Deadline:   September 13, 2013





Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public relations, communications, journalism, English, graphic design or a closely related field.


Minimum of 3-5 years experience performing similar communications tasks as listed above.


(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)






Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


Experience in working with web-based content management systems.


Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat Pro, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.


Strong writing, grammar and editing skills. Knowledge of Associated Press style.


Demonstrated ability to provide attention to detail, effectively coordinate multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.


Ability to communicate effectively for various audiences and a broad range of communication channels.






Assist the Communications Coordinator in executing the overall communications function for the Department and the statewide Top 10 by 20 plan.


Work with individual offices to keep website content current. Familiarity with website management and design is strongly preferred.


Manage the Department's social media presence and oversee the social media team in creating regular content for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Coordinate e-communications projects including the creation and distribution of the Department's monthly e-newsletter, and the Commissioner's monthly video message.


Write and edit news releases, video scripts, etc. as needed. Perform light research when necessary to ensure that content is accurate and factual.


Work with Department personnel to coordinate, write, edit, design and/or proofread publications, both printed and electronic, for multiple audiences.


Guide and assist the Communications Assistant as needed with writing/editing and design/layout for marketing materials.


Work with the Communications team to ensure Department procedures, policies and branding guidelines are followed by Department staff. Assist Department staff with questions regarding procedures, policies and branding guidelines.


Develop successful relationships with Department staff to improve publications, communications and services provided by the Department.


Carry out special projects as needed.


Perform other duties as assigned.





Complete a DESE application online at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divadm/humanres/documents/Employment_Application_2005.pdf.  Please attach a scanned copy of your transcripts with the application.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your application is received online.  

NOTE: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment.  Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.


We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions.   You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for. 


BENEFITS (For a Full-Time Position)


ANNUAL LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


SICK LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month.  Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


HOLIDAYS:  12 holidays per year.


RETIREMENT:  Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).


LIFE INSURANCE:  Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.


OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE:  Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary.  Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.


CAFETERIA PLAN:  Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.


HEALTH PLANS:  Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.


DENTAL PLANS:  Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.


VISION PLAN:  Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available. 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Human Resources at (573) 751-9619, through Missouri Relay System at (800) 735-2966, or via email at hr@dese.mo.gov.    

To Our Applicants with Disabilities:  For assistance with any phase of the Department process, please notify the Director of Human Resources at (573) 751-9619.  Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special needs.

TTY/TDD users:  Relay Missouri service (800) 735-2966.






The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department employment practices may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Human Resources Director, 8th floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 751-9619 or TYY (800) 735-2966.