Description of Job

The Work Unit:

The COVID-19 Response Joint Information Center (JIC) CDPHE Policy and Content Unit provides a full range of communication services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of CDPHE. The unit executes strategic communication strategies to improve the health, well-being, and equity of all Coloradans and to promote public health guidelines, recommendations, and vaccine distribution related to COVID-19 with stakeholders, the media, and the public. The unit consists of staff uniquely experienced in behavior change communications, design, journalism, media and public relations, and traditional, and digital communications.

The Position:

These positions support the media relations response for CDPHE’s COVID-19 response. They will be responsible for conducting media outreach, responding to media requests, preparing talking points, preparing subject matter experts for interviews, and staffing in media interviews. These positions will also plan, organize, and facilitate the JIC’s media availabilities, including scheduling, preparing slides, and preparing speakers. They will also support additional content creation for COVID-19 response.

 

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

 

To be considered for this position, you must meet one of the following options for consideration. 

(OPTION 1) Experience Substitution 

 

  • Six (6) years of full time professional experience in a communications-related field, which must include directly communicating with members of the press. The experience must clearly demonstrate writing press releases, fact sheets, and talking points; prepping and staffing media interviews; developing and implementing communication strategies; writing in plain language. Must include experience with Google applications and be able to monitor news in real time.   

 

OR

(OPTION 2):

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree* in communications, journalism, English, or multimedia or other closely related field 

 

AND 

  • Two (2) years of full time professional experience in a communications-related field, which must include directly communicating with members of the press. Experience must also include writing press releases, fact sheets, and talking points; prepping and staffing media interviews; developing and implementing communication strategies; writing in plain language. Must include experience with Google applications and be able to monitor news in real time.   

 

(OPTION 3) Advanced Education:

OR

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or multimedia or closely-related field.  A copy of your transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Late transcripts will not be accepted.**This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application.  "See Resume" will not be accepted.  In addition, part-time work will be prorated.  

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies 

The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Experience in crisis communications;

  • Prior experience developing, managing, and evaluating comprehensive communications plans;

  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications to audiences of varying levels within an organization, in groups and individual settings; 

  • Prior experience in a public or community health setting—or Joint Information Center; 

  • Excellent organizational skills; the ability to set, track, and accomplish priorities, goals, and timetables to achieve maximum productivity, knowing the status of activities at all times; 

  • Excellent computer skills, including Google applications and monitoring digital platforms; 

  • Initiative & self-management; the passion and ability to dive into the work, prioritize appropriately, and accomplish tasks within established timeframes; 

  • Experience communicating directly with the media.

  • Ability to effectively write about sensitive health topics; 

  • Excellent writing skills, including Associated Press style, active voice and plain language writing.

     

Conditions of Employment

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Conviction does not mean automatic disqualification and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
  • On-Call Status: As a condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place. 
  • Crucial Status: Must be available in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • Term-Limited: This position is term limited and funding cannot be guaranteed beyond December 1, 2022.
  • Must be able and willing to travel independently up to 10% of the time. Travel may include overnights and inclement weather.

 

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via governmentjobs.com
  2. Transcripts (if applicable);
  3. Supplemental questionnaire.

 The Selection Process 

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

APPEAL RIGHTS: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
 
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations:
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them.  Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator at cdphe.humanresources@state.co.us or call 303-692-2060, option 5.

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