Employment Center

Public Health Department Job

Public Information Specialists

Cumberland, NC (Cumberland County)

Posted 04/20/2022

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a grant titled “CDC Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement: COVID-19 Public Health Workforce”.  The grant provides funding to establish, expand, train, and sustain the state, tribal, local, or territorial (STLT) public health workforce to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives. As part of this initiative, DPH is making available funds for the 10 regions identified by the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors (NCALHD) to recruit, hire, and train personnel to fill critical gaps in its Public Health Infrastructure Foundational Capabilities. This position supports Local Health Departments (LHDs) in Region 6 including Anson, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland. This position can expect a flexible hybrid in-person and virtual work schedule that meets the needs of each county.  

  1. Regional Communications and Social Media Specialist (2 FTE) This position will support LHDs in the region in the advancement of their communication efforts.
  2. This may include the use and improvement of website content, social media, radio, TV, flyers, posters, and other communication platforms.
  3. They will work with departments on implementation of public health communication campaigns.
  4. This position will also work with the state-funded Regional to improve data equity by supporting community access and understanding of state, regional and local data

    1. This may include the development of fact sheets, data briefs, dashboards, etc. and translating data for the public.
  1. This position will work with all 9 County PIO offices to ensure county standards are met with content and materials.
  2. In partnership with the Workforce Development Director and County PIO offices
  3. Conduct media spokesperson trainings for the region
  4. Conduct social media etiquette courses for permanent staff operating social media pages.
  5. Assist counties who already have social media with creating a social media team and workflow process
  6. Assist counties who do not have social media with creation/implementation of social media platforms
  7. Effectively incorporate health literacy strategies and diversity and equity into all communication efforts

Knowledge, skills and abilities

General knowledge of journalistic and communication principles and practices. General knowledge of the techniques of disseminating information to the public through a variety of news media, social media, digital advertising, etc. Ability to write according to correct English usage and accepted standards of magazine and press publications. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of press, radio, and television and other persons contacted in the course of work.

ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE Graduation from a four-year college or university, preferably with a major in journalism or English; or an equivalent combination of training and experience

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