The Job holder is required to develop Public Relations Campaigns, write press releases, conduct radio interviews, produce television programs, develop and manage social media presence and other related functions to increase public awareness of disaster threats and the measures that should be adopted to cope with them. To raise the corporate prole of the Department and to ensure that the organisation’s services are widely known, understood and accepted by the public.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan, implement and manage public relations programs.
Plan and budget for Public Relation (PR) events, programs and initiatives.
Help in designing and reviewing a variety of promotional and marketing materials.
Check and manage content produced for website and social media channels.
Measure and provide reports on each PR campaign.
Develop, implement and maintain an outgoing Public Awareness Programs designed to keep government agencies, private and voluntary organizations and members of the public fully informed on all aspects of disaster threats and the measures that should be taken to cope with them.
Maintain and update the Department’s website, social media platforms to ensure accurate information is available to the public.
Research, write, design, and edit communication materials for internal and external audiences, to ensure adequate coverage of communications via multiple media outlets.
Conduct periodic surveys and produce reports on activities and eectiveness of communications for the Director, making recommendations for improvements where possible.
Collaborate with regional and international disaster management agencies on specic projects.
Liaise with government and non-government agencies, Government Information System (GIS) to ensure internal and external coverage of programmes, activities and press conferences.
Serve on the Joint Information and Media Communication sub-committees.
Responsible for media communication, press releases, press conferences etc. on behalf of the Department.
Prepare and write speeches, advertisements, public service announcements, reports, articles and produce newsletters/brochures
Responsible for coordinating information release during times of emergencies and disasters as directed by the Director, and working in the Emergency Operating Center on an assigned shift system
Co-host the weekly radio program “Disaster 360” at RTC FM 89.1 and any other hosting or coordination of public awareness and education programs on radio, TV or other media or setting
Managing the compilation and distribution of the Department’s brochures, newsletters and other publications, including writing and editing content, arranging photography, overseeing design (and production and in hard and electronic copy)
Conduct research (e.g. public opinion and attitude surveys) and communicate results to the Director
Prepare, disseminate and organize press releases, news items, periodic news conference and media tours as appropriate or as directed, and maintain/develop a partnership with local and regional media houses
Develop an Information Policy and Strategy for handling public information in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster
Manage the use of the Department’s logo and Turks and Caicos Islands Insignia and ensure that the necessary branding is carried out to the benet of the organisation.
Maintain and update an archive of photography and video footage of events carried out and incidents which impact the Turks and Caicos Islands annually.
Ensure that standing protocols and procedures for staging important functions/ceremonies as stipulated by the Turks and Caicos Government are adhered to.
Any other reasonable duty assigned by the Director or any person acting on the Director’s behalf, given the need for ocers to be knowledgeable of the portfolios of fellow ocers and be able to function in other capacities
Oversee media training of key department spokespersons and assist in media relations and procedures.
Plan and compose news stories, articles, speeches, radio and television scripts, bulletins, and various periodic and special purpose reports, video/slide productions, brochures, yers, and promotional/marketing materials as needed.
Coordinate special events such as open house programs, displays, and exhibits.
Attend conferences, trainings, and other meetings to stay current with successful practices in public information.
Adhere to all Public Service codes, rules and regulations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Business Management, Disaster/environmental management or related discipline A masters’ degree in any of the above areas is an asset
The position requires a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in any or combined fields above with at least 1 year preferably working in the field of disaster management. Strong inter-personal skills and experience working with multi-stakeholder groups is required Experience in radio or television production and website management would also be an asset.
SALARY: Grade 7.1 - $44,138.80 per annum
Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a Cover Letter and two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer) as well as copies of educational certificates and a copy of the Passport photo page, National Turks & Caicos Islander Status Card (where applicable). Shortlisted candidates must submit a Police Certificate.
Hand delivered and fax applications must have clearly marked on the envelope/fax cover sheet the Job Title of position being applied for. On emailed applications the subject line must reference the Job Reference Number (JPB3-23-28) and the Job Title.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only persons selected for an interview will be contacted.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th September, 2023