Jobs: Public Information Officer

Monday, August 28, 2017 | 01:32pm

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) is looking for a Public Information Officer.  This executive service position is under the supervision of the Director of Communications, and leads all social media and video projects for the department.  In addition, this position will work in conjunction with the Communications Director and Web Administrator to write and distribute internal and external newsletters, press releases and regularly update DIDD web properties. This position does require some overnight travel within the state so a valid driver license is required.


  • Plan, shoot, write and edit all external and internal videos to showcase DIDD’s mission and vision to a broad audience
  • Oversee DIDD’s social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn, and track analytics to assist in communications planning
  • Plan and direct social media campaigns for departmental initiatives
  • Write, edit and distribute weekly internal and external newsletters
  • Update DIDD web properties
  • Perform other communications functions as assigned by the Communications Director

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to utilize various cameras to produce video and still photographic images
  • Strong background in video editing and graphic development, with experience using Adobe Creative Cloud preferred.
  • Experience managing and updating social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn
  • Ability to effectively use a content management system for updating various web properties
  • Able to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • Skilled in communicating with a wide range of people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
  • Strong writing skills, knowledge of AP style preferred

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in journalism, communications, marketing or public relations
  • At least two years of experience in journalism or public relations

Interested Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and link to samples of video work that can demonstrate proficiency to Ronnie Rogers-Sirten, DIDD Human Resources Director, at

Deadline for submitting applications is September 11, 2017.

About the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the state agency responsible for administration and oversight of community-based services for approximately 8,000 people with intellectual disabilities as well as 4,000 people through the Family Support Program.   Every day, the department strives to support people to live rewarding and fulfilling lives.  It does so by ensuring people are free to exercise rights, engage with their broader communities and experience optimal health.  DIDD is the first and only state service delivery system in the nation to receive Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership.  It has also been recognized as a national leader in its efforts to increase competitive, community-based employment outcomes for people with disabilities. 

This organization participates in E-Verify.  Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.  This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The State of Tennessee is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens, and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination or illegal harassment in the workplace.  It is the state's policy to provide an environment free of discrimination or harassment of an individual because of that person's race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.