Communications Director

State of Indiana

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Posted 1 week ago

Job Description

Communications Director

Date Posted: Jun 22, 2022

Requisition ID: 359921


Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):

Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth.


Salary for this role may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The Communications Director is charged with assisting the Commissioner and the Chief Strategy Officer on public relations (communications and marketing) strategy and development and responds to all media inquiries.

A Day in the Life:

Representative duties include:

+ Oversight management of all public relations staff and public relations responsibilities;

+ Serve as primary public relations counsel to commissioner and senior leadership staff;

+ Own public relations relationship with governor’s communication staff;

+ Directly supervises all media relations for DWD;

+ Develop and provides organizational oversight of DWD annual public relations strategy and related campaigns;

+ Write all Commissioner speeches;

+ Work closely and collaboratively with DWD COO and Associates COOs;

+ Develop and effectively manage DWD overall outreach communication annual budget;

+ Be willing to adjust to change as the agencies may have needs arise that will require flexibility; and

+ Performs other related duties as required.

+ Work with information technology to enhance the effectiveness of the agency’s internet and intranet websites.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

+ Accreditation in Public Relations (APR designation);

+ Master degree in public relations/communication management; or a Bachelor’s degree in public relations with 12 years or more of experience in a complex organization;

+ 8 to 10 years direct public relations division management experience;

+ Proven track record of:

+ Strategic planning

+ public relations measurement

+ Media relations

+ Speech writing

+ Crisis communication

+ Issue management

+ Public policy communication

+ Community outreach

+ Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively;

+ Ability to handle calls and emails with professionalism, courtesy and accuracy;

+ Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines;

+ Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude;

+ Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive relationships with staff throughout the agencies;

+ Ability to effectively allocate and prioritize time to several tasks to ensure completion of all.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

+ Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;

+ Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);

+ Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution;

+ Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;

+ Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match;

+ Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options;

+ A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:

+ 150 hours of paid new parent leave;

+ Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;

+ Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off;

+ 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years;

+ Education Reimbursement Program;

+ Group life insurance;

+ Referral Bonus program;

+ Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits;

+ Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;

+ Free Parking for most positions;

+ Free LinkedIn Learning access;

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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