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Public Information Officer

Posted on: January 20, 2023

Website South Dakota Department of Public Safety

Job ID: 21547
Agency: Department of Public Safety – Administration
Location: Statewide
Salary: $50,000 to $58,653 annually, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GI
Closing Date: 02/01/2023

This is a full-time position with the Department of Public Safety. For more information on the Department of Public Safety, please visit http://dps.sd.gov.

The Department of Public Safety is recruiting an energetic Public Information Officer to become a member of the Department’s communications team. This full-time position will lead the Department’s digital media efforts including social media, website development and maintenance, video messaging, as well as other digital media projects. The Department is searching for an experienced and skilled individual with prior social media, digital, photography and/or video experience. As a Public Information Officer, this individual will: 


direct the social media, digital, photography and video content for the department and its programs;
capture photos and video that can used in DPS informational media and on its social media platforms;
lead the social media strategy for the department, working with the department’s social media content managers;
assist with website management and development;
plan, film and edit the monthly videos and manage Department’s YouTube channel for dissemination;
compile, design and edit the monthly DPS newsletter;
monitor and manage monthly statistics on social media performance;
utilize statistics to inform strategy and monitor effectiveness of social media strategy;
create social media plans for special projects and campaigns; 
monitor emergency situations through social monitoring software and help prepare department responses as needed.

This position reports to the Department of Public Safety’s Director of Communication. 

This position works in different settings and utilizes a computer, camera, video equipment regularly in a standard office setup. The position requires the person to be flexible in capturing and videoing real-time events including activity during public safety related incidents, disasters, weather related events, and emergencies such as wildfires to name a few.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Relevant experience as a digital content manager, social media developer, photographer, and/or videographer.

Knowledge of:


effective communication and marketing strategies;
innovative approaches to traditional, digital and social media messaging;
effective use of photography and videography;
state government practices and environment; 
computer software pertinent to desktop publishing, video production, and website development.



strong written and oral communication skills;
knowledge of all media platforms including social and digital;
photography and videography skills;
time management;
critical thinking;
project management.

Ability to:


establish and maintain working relationships with department partners and stakeholders;
remain flexible during rapidly shifting priorities;
develop and foster relationships with media;
make quick decisions;
remain calm in all situations and environments; 
communicate clearly and concisely.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your CV/resume.

This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. 

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.




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You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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