Job Details

20-159 - Your application must be submitted electronically through Work In Texas ASAP.  
Closed to New or Revised Applications  
Office of Communications/  
$5,833 - $7,500  
Yes - 15%  

General Description:
The Texas General Land Office primarily serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and the environment of Texas. The agency does so by preserving our history, maximizing state revenue through innovative administration, and through the prudent stewardship of state lands and natural resources. This position is with our Office of Communications area of the agency. Performs highly advanced (senior-level) informational and communications work. Work involves overseeing the research, writing, editing, and production of content and materials for release to various communications media (news, print, digital, and/or social media) and for use by the agency, the public, and other agencies. May supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reporting to the Communications Director, employee may be asked to work outside of normal operating hours, including occasional weekends. Veterans, Reservist or Guardsman with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of Army -46Q Public Affairs Specialist; Navy - MC Mass Communication Specialist; Coast Guard - PA Public Affairs Specialist; Marines -4511 Recruiting Station Marketing and Communication Marine ; Air Force - 3N090 Public Affairs (Superintendent)or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirement may meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at In order to receive Veteran's preference, a copy of the DD #214 is required at the time of interview.

Essential Job Elements:
Oversees the preparation and distribution of news and informational releases, talking points and scripts, advisories, newsletters, fact sheets, and blogs, and coordinates media events. Assists with editorial production for media communications ensuring timely and accurate materials with a consistent tone and message. Conducts interviews with agency program area staff, researches sources, and ensures the completeness and accuracy of printed and online materials. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with and responds to information requests from local, state, and regional news media, specialized groups, and the general public regarding GLO mission areas in written and oral form, often requiring simple explanations of complicated subjects. Presents and generates innovative, creative, and timely story ideas and pitches them to media on a regular, proactive basis. Creates media materials and assists in shaping media narrative in support of GLO's mission areas. Executes on communications department strategies to convey complex information concerning GLO programs, research on program-related areas, responsibilities, and outreach activities. Advises on strategies for proactive interaction by the communications department with the press, as well as responses to incoming inquiries in consultation with Communications Director. Works with program area staff to identify communications opportunities and visibility events. Oversees the planning and implementation of public information programs, conferences, seminars, workshops, and public hearings. Assists with crafting long-term and immediate strategic tactics for promoting the GLO's messaging and narratives. Performs additional work as assigned.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in communications, administration, marketing, public relations or related field. At minimum 3-5 years experience working in communications and press relations for agencies, campaigns, non-profit organizations or journalism. Two to five years of communications experience on the record experience. Interested applicants should submit a writing sample to in addition to submitting online State of Texas Application through Please send with subject line: Writing Sample_Posting 20-159 _Your Name

Preferred Qualifications:
Work experience including examples of successfully pitching Print/TV/Radio outlets and securing interviews. Experience in a deadline-driven environment.

Aug 20, 2020  
or Until Filled

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Proficiency in AP-Style grammar. Excellent writing skills. Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations. Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary. Strong interpersonal skills, a positive and enthusiastic attitude, and a commitment to contribute to a positive team environment. A demonstrated commitment to meeting high standards and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles. An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced environment. Strong project management, multitasking, and follow-through skills.

Physical Requirements:
This position requires the employee to primarily perform sedentary office work; however, mobility (moving around the work-site) is routinely required to carry out some duties. This position requires extensive computer, telephone and client/customer contact and communication. It requires the ability to move and position oneself as needed for filing and similar routine office duties. The job also requires normal cognitive abilities requiring the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. It requires the stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions. Ability to read printed materials and computer screens. The individual must be able to move and transport records, documents, boxes, and all related information and materials, weighing up to 20 pounds when required. The individual must be able to remain stationary for long periods of time when commuting to and from assigned destination and when traveling on state business including fieldwork and training assignments.

Other (licenses, certifications, et cetera):
Interested applicants should submit a writing sample to in addition to submitting online State of Texas Application through Please send with subject line: Writing Sample_Posting 20-159 _Your Name A writing test may be administered to applicants who are finalists for position.

All applications for employment with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) must be submitted electronically by the job closing date through PAPER, FAX OR E-MAIL APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please visit our website at for more information about applying for a GLO job posting.

The Texas General Land Office/Veterans Land Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or the provision of services. A criminal conviction records check is required for applicants who are selected for a position. The State of Texas requires all males who are 18 through 25 and required to register with the Selective Service to present either proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire. The U.S. Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The Texas General Land Office is a non-smoking agency. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. In compliance with the FLSA, the GLO compensates overtime work though time off in lieu of payment.