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State of Montana Communication and Education Program Manager in Billings, Montana

THE OUTSIDE IS IN US ALL Please remember to attach the required documentsSupplemental Questions, Cover Letter and Resume listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. The State Application is not a substitute for a Resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on October 10, 2022. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. This position based in Billings performs work both indoors in a typical office environment, as well as outdoors on a regular basis. Indoors the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, and operate a computer and telephone. May sit for extended periods. Work performed outdoors may involve exposure to adverse weather and high and low temperature extremes. Work may be conducted in or near water and may involve hiking/walking on uneven terrain. The position is required to be able to move 50 lbs and will involve considerable travel.Normally 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, some weekends and evenings will be required for meetings, hunter education, and other program needs. This position is based out of the FWP Region 5 headquarters at Lake Elmo State Park in Billings, Montana. Located in south-central Montana, Billings is Montana’s largest city with two major hospitals, several colleges, and an international airport. Billings has activities from indoor and outdoor concerts, live theatre, professional indoor football, and many other personal interest organizations. Region 5 is home to Granite Peak, the highest peak in Montana, located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and the driest desert in Montana located south of the Pryor Mountains. There are a wide variety of recreational opportunities such as walking/biking trails in the city, nearby skiing, fishing, and hunting opportunities, bird and wildlife watching, a variety of local, state and national attractions. The Yellowstone River is a defining feature, flowing through both Billings and the region. It offers a wealth of opportunity for camping, floating, fishing, waterfowl hunting and more. For more information on the area see: Visit Billings. Supplemental Questions: 1. Please provide information describing your specific experience in the following areas of expertise: a. Communication skills, experience in customer relations, public involvement and related meeting planning and facilitation b. Supervision of employees or volunteer workers c. Development of educational programs d. Preparation of popular articles and other publications e. Natural resource work experience 2. Within one page, please provide an example of an education plan you could deliver on a topic essential to FWP. 3. In two pages or less, please identify an important issue facing FWP in Region 5. Develop a communication plan around this topic and include specific objectives, audiences, messages, and communication tools you would use in implementing the plan. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge. Thorough knowledge of: public relations tools and techniques; i.e., media operations; print, radio and television journalism; agency organization, programs, policies and procedures; state fish, wildlife and parks issues, rules and regulations; regional, statewide and national natural resource politics; special interest groups; recreational resources and principles of marketing, including public information planning. Considerable knowledge of: principles and practices of fish and wildlife management and organization, policies and operations, of federal natural resource agencies and private groups with ties or interests in hunting, fishing, recreation, conservation and land preservation. Considerable knowledge of instructional methods and training techniques including interpretation, curriculum design principles, learning theory, group and individual teaching techniques, and test design principles.Working knowledge of standard State administrative procedures and practices, state budgeting rules and procedures, as required. Skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills are required for success. Operational skills in the use of computer hardware and software, PowerPoint, -digital photo and video cameras and platforms and digital photograph, audio and video editing software and hardware. Considerable skill in writing, public speaking and speaking the English language, long and short term planning, volunteer management. Abilities. Considerable ability to effectively communicate ideas in an understandable and practical fashion, technical biological information and positions in both oral and written form. To explain the principles of fish and wildlife management to audiences of varied ages and backgrounds. To establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, the media, landowners and local elected officials, and the public. To foster public understanding of department programs. To be able to assess, interpret, summarize and report public opinion. Represent the department on various policy issues and act as a liaison to other agencies and the public. Effectively facilitate working groups and committees. Conflict resolution. Under supervision of the R-5 Regional Supervisor, the Information and Education Program Manager position exists to keep the public informed of issues, policies, actions and decisions affecting them, as well as implement educational programing designed and developed by education bureau staff in Helena. As a member of regional management team, assists in issues management by identifying controversial issues or those of special concern to the public and develops strategies to get information to the public to facilitate informed input. Has lead responsibility for external communication in the region, which includes contact with the media and serving as regional spokesperson to the media and other public facing outlets. Reviews, edits and disseminates information prepared for public consumption by regional employees and recommends ways to improve public understanding of that information. Minimum Qualifications: The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in communications and/or education and course work in fish and wildlife biology, parks operations and management and at least 3 years of job-related experience. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Job: Information Technology/Computer Science* *Title: *Communication and Education Program Manager Location: Billings Requisition ID: 22142443

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