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Public Information Officer

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Important Recruitment Information for this vacancy

  • Job Posting closes:  August 30, 2022

  • Required documents uploaded by:  August 30, 2022  


Agency Information:  

About the Lottery:  In November of 1986, 64 percent of Kansas voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the creation of a state lottery.  The Kansas Legislature passed the "Kansas Lottery Act" in 1987, and the Kansas Lottery was established. The mission of the Kansas Lottery is to produce the maximum amount of revenue possible for the State of Kansas while ensuring the integrity of all games. 

The Kansas Lottery sells $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $20 and $30 scratch tickets and $1 and $2 instant pull tab games. In addition, Kansas Lottery players enjoy Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America, Lucky for Life, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, Keno, Racetrax, and Holiday Millionaire Raffle draw games. Kansas Lottery products are sold at approximately 1,750 retail locations.

The Kansas Expanded Lottery Act, enacted in 2007, authorized the Kansas Lottery to be the owner/operator of casino gaming in four Kansas gaming zones.  Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City; Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane; Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City; and the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg.

The Kansas Lottery employs people in many different backgrounds/positions such as marketing, finance, security, sales and IT.  The Kansas Lottery is a place where you can dream big. Come and join our winning team!


About the Position:  The Public Information Officer position has responsibilities critical to the public image and perception others have of the Kansas Lottery.  Position is actively involved with Lottery retailers, players, winners, and with other state agencies, lotteries and the press.  The position plays a vital role in the establishment and nurturing of partnerships with the same.  This position is Unclassified with an annual hiring salary of $45,000-$52,000

  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified

  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Benefits Eligible

  • Veterans' Preference Eligible: 

  • Search Keywords: Public Information Officer, Communications, Public Relations, Public Affairs, Social Media


Compensation: $45,000-$52,000 Annually

* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.


Employment Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage

  • Sick & Vacation leave

  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave

  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)

  • Fitness Centers in select locations

  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program

  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Visit the Employee Benefits page for more information…


Position Summary & Responsibilities

Position Summary:  

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • External/Internal Agency Communication Liaison.  Position is often the first line of contact for the Lottery and is critical to our public image and the perception others have of the Lottery.
  • Develops/Maintains effective working relationship with others.
  • Fulfills requests for Lottery information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Represents Lottery on Kansas Coalition for Problem Gambling and other committees as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Develops strategic plans and programs to further enhance awareness of Lottery initiatives and how the Lottery benefits the state.
  • Confers with other Lottery staff and makes recommendations on ways to enhance other programs and activities in order to present a holistic approach and/or improved product.
  • Develop annual PR plan that will leverage and support our brand and all key marketing and other related activities.
  • Develops and coordinates special projects and attends events throughout the state of Kansas, statewide media tours, prize presentation, game launches and promotions, off-site drawings, joint events with Lottery partners and other duties as assigned.
  • See position description for details

View Full Position Description Here.


Qualifications

  •  HIgh School Diploma or equivalent required. 
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field preferred.  Relevant work experience may be substituted for college degree as deemed appropriate by the agency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, Adobe Creative Suite: required
  • Experience with photography, videography, and/or graphic design required.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills and strong writing and editing skills required. 

Post-offer, Pre-employment requirements:

  • Must pass extensive background prior to hire and subject to periodic updates. 
  • Subject to tax clearance upon hire and subject to periodic updates.
  • Employees of the Kansas Lottery and designated family members are subject to the provisions of the Kansas Lottery Act, K.S.A. 74-8701 et seq., and the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act, K.S.A. 74-8733 et seq.
  • Must complete Form I-9 upon hire and update and/or re-verify as required.
  • Must possess valid Kansas Driver’s License upon hire and throughout employment.
  • By law, any person who holds or has held a license with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission may not be employed by the Kansas Lottery within five years after last holding such license.

Recruiter Contact Information

  • Name: Jayme Carpenter

  • Email: jayme.carpenter@kslottery.net

  • Phone: 785-296-5726

  • Mailing Address: 128 N. Kansas Ave.  Topeka, KS 66603


Job Application Process

  • First Sign in or register as a New User.

  • Complete or update your contact information on the Careers> My Contact Information page. *This information is included on all your job applications.

  • Upload required documents listed below for the Careers> My Job Applications page. *This information is included on all your job applications.

  • Start your draft job application, upload other required documents, and Submit when it is complete.

    • Manage your draft and submitted applications on the Careers> My Job Applications page.

  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.

    • Email – sent to the Preferred email on the My Contact Information page

    • Notifications – view the Careers> My Job Notifications page

Helpful Resources at jobs.ks.gov: “How to Apply for a Job – Instructions” and “How to Search for a Job – Instructions"


Required Documents for this Application to be Complete

Upload these on the Attachments step in your Job Application

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Helpful Resources at jobs.ks.gov: “How, What, & Where do I Upload Documents” 


How to Claim Veterans Preference

Veterans' Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position.  The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.

Learn more about claiming Veteran’s Preference


Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.



Job Application Process

  • Sign in to your existing account or Register at the State of Kansas careers portal. Complete your application.
  • Complete or review your contact information on the My Contact Information page.
  • Upload documents listed in the Required Documents section of the job posting to the appropriate location.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email – the email listed on the Careers>My Contact Information Page
    • Notifications – view the Careers>My Job Notifications page

Required documents for this application to be complete:

  • On the My Job Applications page, verify these documents are present and valid. Upload or delete and upload new if needed.
    • Current Tax Clearance Certificate*
    • DD214 (if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference**)
  • Inside your Job Application upload these documents:
    • Resume (or choose existing if you have one)
    • Cover Letter

*Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Required: Each applicant (including current state employees, and non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199. Visit the Tax Clearance site for more information and where to obtain this Kansas Department of Revenue document.


To assist in completing your application, please see helpful links below:


**How to Claim Veterans Preference

  • Veterans Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager.

Learn more about claiming Veterans Preference


Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.