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State Government

Public Utilities



Non-Classified Opening

Public Information Officer

Non-Classified Classification

Public Utilities Commission

Open for Recruitment: March 2, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # NONCLS080754
Salary Range: DOE (Hiring Range: $45,000 - $60,000) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION:  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.  Please apply as soon as possible to ensure you are considered.  The initial application review will begin March 13, 2017.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has a current opening for a Public Information Officer in Boise. This position will support the Commission’s operational activities and public relations efforts, as well as enhance public communications through the most effective channels, including traditional news media, social media, and web page information.

Candidates must have strong writing skills, experience interacting with news media, an understanding of how to use social media effectively and the ability to collaborate with others to develop successful outreach campaigns. Shifting priorities require the successful candidate to be innovative, detail oriented, organized, willing to change direction and have a proven ability to multitask on a variety of deadline driven projects simultaneously. The preferred candidate should also have a basic knowledge of photography, publication design, marketing skills and an understanding of how to write for print and broadcast mediums.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Write and distribute news releases
  • Collect and analyze information and data to draft communications that provide succinct and clear messages to the media and the public 
  • Coordinate and facilitate commission workshops and public hearings, including telephonic hearings
  • Develop talking points and conduct interviews with the print and broadcast media on a wide variety of subjects using risk communication techniques
  • Ability to appear composed, articulate, and reasonably comfortable during television interviews 
  • Develop and monitor social media communication efforts and strategies 
  • Field inquiries from the public on department programs and develop responses
  • Develop, design, write, and edit public information materials such as year-end reports brochures, public service announcements and ads
  • Record and edit audio and video segments for public dissemination 
  • Write and edit internal and external editorial content including news releases and blog posts, stories for the internal employee newsletter, social media posts, among others 
  • Develop speeches and presentations with PowerPoint support 
  • Design, develop, and update information on the internal and external websites using web portal technology 
  • Develop media/marketing campaigns in print and broadcast to promote department programs
  • Develop and maintain a variety of media contacts
  • Take on special communication and information projects that arise 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, journalism or related field 
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe In Design 
  • Good knowledge of: public speaking, writing and editing; broadcast production; public presentations; risk communication; social media 
  • At least four years of experience in the following areas:
    • Writing news releases or preparing general interest news for publication or broadcast 
    • Researching, composing, and editing informational material
    • Interpreting and translating technical or specialized material into information usable by the public
    • Expertise in dealing with the media; conducting interviews with print, television and other media; and coaching staff for interviews
    • Social media communications and monitoring
    • Presentation and speech writing

Ideal candidates will also have the following additional qualifications:

  • Expertise in print production and layout software programs, including Adobe programs 
  • Video shooting, editing and production 
  • Experience in web content development and layout
  • Natural curiosity and interest in issues related to energy and be willing to sift through sometimes very technical commission orders, utility rate applications as well as testimony and exhibits submitted by utilities and others parties who intervene in rate cases.

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter, resume, references, salary history, and a sample highlighting your writing skills, or video production skills or layout/graphic design skills to: maria.barratt-riley@puc.idaho.gov.



Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.