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BOAH - Public Information Specialist


1889-2014: Celebrating 125 years of safeguarding Indiana’s animals, food supply and citizens.
An equal opportunity employer and provider.
Michael R. Pence, Governor
Bret D. Marsh, DVM, State Veterinarian
Office of the State Veterinarian
Discovery Hall, Suite 100
1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205-2898
Phone: 317/544-2400
Job Description
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) seeks to hire a Public Information Specialist 3 to be
part of a top-notch team to promote animal health and food safety programs and initiatives.
Individual must have the ability to work independently, think creatively, meet deadlines, juggle
multiple projects simultaneously, and coordinate numerous schedules. The Public Information
Specialist serves as a BOAH liaison with the public, press, animal health industry representatives, other
state agencies and private groups for communications and education efforts, under the direction of the
Public Information Director.
Individual must be an experienced writer, as well as desktop publisher, who can create products for
specific situations (technical pieces, feature articles, press releases, educational materials and
promotion pieces). At least basic knowledge of animal health/agriculture is very helpful, as is working
knowledge and understanding of photography and the printing industry. Website design/upkeep
experience is especially desirable.
Media Interaction
•Monitor current events (local, state, national and international) related to animal health and food safety
to identify public relations/education opportunities on behalf of BOAH. Consult with Director to
determine what action should be taken to communicate BOAH messages to public (including veterinary
practitioners), either directly or via the media. Situations may require responding to public and media
inquiries on specific topics/situations or pro-actively making unsolicited contacts with media to convey
positively the BOAH perspective.
•Provide story ideas and news leads to media. This includes finding “new” angles for retelling “old”
stories. Build and maintain good working relationships with members of the media.
Public Information
•Work with all BOAH divisions to create and update information on the BOAH website.
•Coordinate the use of the agency display at trade shows, including maintaining a master calendar for
the display. Handle details of trade shows, including booth registration, setup/tear-down scheduling,
transportation and staffing.
•Assist with basic upkeep and maintenance of the display and related materials, including maintaining
stock of supplies (such as images, signage, letters, etc.).
•Work with divisions to design, create and implement trade show displays, including collateral materials
(such as flyers, posters, giveaways, etc.).
•Respond to public and constituent inquiries (letters, emails, website contacts) to resolve issues,
answer questions and make referrals, as needed in a timely manner.
General Duties
•Research, write and edit press releases, veterinary advisories, agency newsletters, feature articles
(including ghostwritten guest columns), PowerPoint presentations and collateral materials/ brochures
addressing specific topics, programs and agency initiatives.
•Build and maintain a stock photo/slide library for use in agency publications, slide shows, displays,
training, etc.
•Assist all divisions with public communication, including editing and proofreading presentation
materials, reports and letters to ensure consistent, high-quality messages.
Basic Requirements
•Five years of related work experience OR
•Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications, Journalism, Sales and Marketing or other related
field and one year of work experience**.
**Two semesters of work on a college-level publication (such as newspaper, yearbook, etc.) may
substitute for the year of work experience with a degree.
•Familiarity with and understanding of agriculture, food animal production and processing, animal
health issues, veterinary medicine issues, food safety and animal welfare issues.
•Demonstrated ability to use sound writing style techniques, especially Associated Press style.
•Demonstrated proficiency with desktop publishing software.
•BOAH central office is located in Discovery Hall on the campus of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in
Indianapolis. (This office is not located at the downtown Indiana Government Center.)
•Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some weekends required for special events.
•Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance coverage are available, as well as retirement investment
options through Deferred Compensation. Generous paid vacation and holiday leave provided.
For More Information
Contact Denise Derrer, Public Information Director, at 317/544-2414 or via email at

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Created at 5/12/2014 4:27 PM by Pava, Penny J.
Last modified at 5/12/2014 4:27 PM by Pava, Penny J.