Public Information Officer(Public Affairs Specialist 3)
Youth Authority - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) is seeking a talented, creative, and experienced Public Information Officer (Public Affairs Specialist 3) to help develop and conduct high-quality and effective communications programs and activities.

This announcement is open until filled. Application reviews will begin December 4, 2012 .

OYA's mission is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth offenders accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments. The agency's vision is that youth who leave OYA go on to lead productive, crime-free lives.

As an OYA employee, individuals are a part of the team responsible for the supervision, management and administration of correctional facilities, parole and probation services, community out-of-home placements, and other functions related to state programs for youth corrections. These responsibilities are provided for youth offenders from diverse cultures and backgrounds ranging in age from 12 to age 25. The youth offenders may reside in one of ten OYA-operated facilities located around the state or may be involved with services under the jurisdiction of OYA such as parole and probation.
The Oregon Youth Authority values culturally competent staff to provide a continuum of services to our diverse clientele.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will support OYA's mission and vision by being able to:

Use data and research to develop communication strategies and measure their effectiveness.
Develop and implement consistent messaging to support agency priorities and actions.
Write, design, and issue a monthly employee newsletter .
Support key agency initiatives through conducting internal communications activities.
Maintain ongoing contact with communications liaisons at facilities and field offices to gather information, track emerging issues, and request local assistance.
Write fact sheets, publications, PowerPoint presentations, and speeches for external communications.
Coordinate the agency's Speaker Bureau, including seeking opportunities for presentations, preparing materials, and occasionally traveling with the speakers to provide support.
Handle media interactions, crisis communications, and public outreach activities.
Write and edit key communications for agency leaders.

The person in this position works in a fast-paced, demanding office environment that requires the ability to independently identify and set priorities, adapt to rapidly changing situations and issues, multitask, meet tight deadlines, and understand the political and public sensitivity of issues and decisions. This person communicates with a range of organizations, officials, individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, media representatives, and members of the public. Work can include contact with emotionally charged individuals via telephone, e-mail, and in person. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Occasional travel to all agency facilities and field offices in expected.

This person is expected to set a positive example and role model for other staff and youth; support OYA policies and procedures; follow OYA's core values; uses safe work practices; and obey all state and federal laws, rules, and policies. This position works in a tobacco-free environment.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Relations, Marketing the Behavioral or Social Sciences or related degree, and five years professional level experience in Public Relations or Affairs; OR eight years experience directly related to Public Relations; five of the eight years must have been at the professional level.

The successful applicant will be able to:
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of communications theories and practices, and the use of data to drive decisions and monitor results.
Independently set and follow through on appropriate priorities and meet the needs of a complex, fast-paced environment.
Demonstrate high energy and enthusiasm for the importance of maintaining an effective and efficient communications system for the agency.
Use and model excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills.
Add value to high-level interactions with agency leadership, internal and external stakeholders, and employees at all levels of the organization.
Engage in collaborative, consensus building in interactions with others and demonstrate strong customer-service skills. To apply you must provide the following:

Email addresses now required. The State of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address. If you do not currently have an email address and do not know to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's.
Completed application: The Work Experience Section of the application must describe how your experience meets the qualifications and desired attributes described in this recruitment announcement; AND a cover letter of no more than two pages total that addresses why you are interested in this position and how you meet the qualifications and desired attributes.

Additional Information:
Applicants offered employment will be subject to fingerprint-based criminal records check and pre-employment drug testing.

If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans' preference will be added to your profile. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

A copy of your DD214/215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. Of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
For more information on veterans' preference points click here , or visit , and select veterans' preference.

For questions about the application submission process (i.e., login, password/username resets, etc.), call NEOGOV applicant technical support line at 1-877-204-4442.

For questions about the recruitment and selection process (i.e., supplemental questions, clarification of job announcement information, position requirements, etc.), call Michelle Lisa Brandner-Hegney at (503)373-7383.

Due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall, the Governor has ordered mandatory unpaid furloughs for employees. This position will be required to take furloughs in the 2011-2013 biennium.

The Oregon Youth Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to selecting, training, supporting and empowering a competent and diverse workforce.

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