California Victim Compensation Board
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSTING
- INFORMATION OFFICER I (SPECIALIST)
Final Filing Date: 5/4/2017
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.
Job Control Details
|Job Code #:
INFORMATION OFFICER I (SPECIALIST)
|# of Positions:
||Permanent, Full Time
||8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
||Monday - Friday
The California Victim Compensation Board's (CalVCB) mission is to assure the rights of California victims of crime by providing responsive financial compensation through a stable Restitution Fund. The CalVCB is a special funded department under the direction of the Government Operations Agency. If your goal is to make a difference in a small, compassionate agency, this is the job for you. We value diversity and inclusion, facilitate and support employee recognition, and actively promote career development. If you are interested in becoming part of a diverse workforce where you have a sense of accomplishment and purpose, CalVCB invites you to apply for this employment opportunity.
Department Website: https://www.victims.ca.gov
Under the supervision of the IO II, the Information Officer I supports CalVCB’s strategic communications activities by planning, evaluating, coordinating and carrying out the essential communications tasks necessary to successfully educate Californians about compensation available to victims and how to access services.
Writing: Under the supervision of the Information Officer II, the incumbent is the primary content writer for CalVCB’s public affairs team. Develops and finalizes content for press releases, fact sheets and op/eds for placement in newspapers, trade publications and other victim service related publications. Develops pitches and other materials to engage media and public interest.
Creates briefing materials for Executive staff as needed from initial content to completed documents. This includes researching editor and publication background, pulling relevant news stories and outlining information important to a media interview.
Proofs emails and speeches; prepares correspondence; reviews and edits other assigned materials including plans and other materials; supervises the keeping of news clippings and other information of value to the department. Manages CalVCB’s blog by writing draft content on behalf of internal staff and seeking out guest writers such as legislative officers, key victim service partners and other stakeholders as needed. Also drafts initial content and acts as a copy editor for a variety of content such as, but not limited to: brochures, contract solicitations, advertising content, key messages, plans and email correspondence with reporters and stakeholders.
Media Relations: The incumbent will independently plan, prepare and pitch news stories; conduct analysis and research to respond to media inquiries, develop and assist with implementing media strategies to place news stories. Develop and maintain media contact database with various spread sheets for specified campaigns, audiences, regional outreach and other business needs.
Distributes news releases and other information materials through publicity channels such as newspapers, news services, periodicals, radio and television; develop and maintain relationships with selected media professionals through social media outlets such as twitter and Facebook. Answers inquiries from the representatives of the news media and from other persons as needed; distributes media pitches to engage media interest. Conducts article corrections if needed and participates in media interviews on a case by case basis. Proactively pitches the media on a monthly basis.
Social Media: Drafts and prepares content for platforms such as: Facebook and Twitter as needed. Works with other Public Affairs and Outreach team members to coordinate the release of information via social media in accordance with campaigns and current events. Assists with developing long-term outreach strategy to raise awareness for CalVCB and its services and accomplishments.
Other duties as assigned; including, but not limited to, providing analytical support on communications and media projects, advertising research, conducts research, and assist with event projects.
Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 5/4/2017
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.
How To Apply
Completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. A completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included, when submitting your application in hard copy.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
California Victim Compensation Board
Attn: Human Resources RPA 17-079
P.O. Box 48
Required Application Documents
Please submit the following items with your application.
Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
- State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
- Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
- Effectively operate a computer using the following software programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access.
- Ability to develop statistical data and evaluate results.
- Ability to apply and interpret policies, regulations, and laws.
- Ability to take and follow verbal or written direction from supervisors/managers.
- General knowledge of the VCB program to be able to establish program goals/objectives, identify/resolve program issues, etc.
- General knowledge of the formal and informal aspects of the legislative process in order to analyze proposed legislation impacting the department.
- General knowledge of the department’s mission, goals and policies to ensure that the progress and completion of work assignments and tasks conform to the overall objectives of the unit and/or division.
- General knowledge of governmental functions and organization at the State and local level to maintain and foster a good working relationship with our clients.
Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and other types of leave, comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits with a variety of choices, and CalPERS retirement options (the nation’s largest public pension plan). For more details about employee benefits, visit the California Department of Human Resources website.
We are located in downtown Sacramento just a short walking distance from restaurants, coffee shops, the Sacramento River levee bike trail, and the State Capital. We are close to Highway 50 and Interstate 5; have a conveniently located parking garage that also accommodates bicycles; and, offer discounted public transportation options.