Public Affairs Specialist 2
Veterans Affairs-Administration - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is a State of Oregon agency, entrusted to provide advocacy and assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits entitled them through Federal, State and local programs. The agency has offices located in Salem, Portland, and the Oregon Veterans' Home located in the Dalles, Oregon.

The agency is establishing a list of qualified applicants to fill one permanent full-time position located in Salem with the Communications and Policy Section, Administration Division of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The Public Information Section is a support unit within the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs and as such supports the mission of the agency by providing direct service to veterans, their dependents and survivors both independently and by providing communications, graphic design capabilities, public relations and other functions for all agency departments. The Public Information Section also is responsible for coordinating the agency's legislative agenda, drafting legislation and testimony, working with elected officials, testifying before the Legislature and successfully managing the legislative process in support of the Director.

The Public Affairs Specialist supports the Public Information Manager as a full-proficiency level specialist, initiating work and acting independently to accomplish section and agency goals. The PA 2 acts on behalf of the Public Information Manager in the manager's absence and provides direction to other staff in the unit on projects and deadlines. The PA 2 will perform the duties associated with the position, including but not limited to writing, editing, graphic design, development of strategic marketing plans, web and social media content management and development, event planning and implementation, executive staffing and legislative coordination.

Please Note: The Department of Veterans' Affairs practice is to begin employees at the first pay step. However, a higher starting pay rate may be considered depending on the applicant's current salary and benefits, education, and experience. The applicable collective bargaining agreement language will determine the pay for current State of Oregon employees.

**The salary listed above will change effective 1/1/2013 due to a 1.45% Cost of Living increase.

*** Due to extraordinary budgetary shortfalls, Oregon state government is continuing cost reduction measures which include mandatory unpaid time off (furlough days) during the 2011-2013 biennium. Positions are subject to these measures based upon representation, and salary range.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Major duties include:
Conceptualize and execute strategic, integrated marketing communication campaigns for agency programs designed to increase public support or awareness across various media, including web, social media, open-source environments, print and broadcast.
Plan, develop, manage and control content quality of website, social media and open-source environments such as Wordpress and Esubscribe systems.
Ideation and design of print materials including newspaper, magazines, brochures, flyers, presentations and online media.
Research, writing, editing and proofreading of agency communication through press releases, agency publications, online environments, and reports.
Works with Public Information Manager to provide information to members of the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Congressional Delegation and their staffs regarding veterans constituent issues.
Represents agency in public meetings and events.
Establishes and maintains cooperative and positive relationships with veterans and representatives of the veterans community. Working Conditions:

Highly visible office environment, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Requires working with multiple priorities and meeting strict deadlines. Occasional overtime and/or irregular work hours may be required to meet project deadlines.
Equipment used includes telephone, FAX, photocopier, personal computer in a LAN environment using various software and data base systems.
Some travel and overnight stays are required throughout the state.
You must have a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Minimum Qualifications:
A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, the Behavioral or Social Sciences or related degree and two years professional level experience in Public Relations or Affairs

Five years experience directly related to the position under recruitment; two of the five years must have been at the professional level.
Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application. If you are using education coursework to qualify and your transcripts are not attached to your online application, your application will not be accepted.

Desired Attributes:
The following desired attributes are important to the success of the position

Exceptional Graphic and digital design skills and proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite programs
Extensive writing and editing skills
Website, social media and other online production development and maintenance experience
Ability to conceptualize and execute strategic, integrated marketing campaigns
Desire to keep current with emerging technologies, best practices and trends and then use experience to implement technology into departments marketing efforts
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
Excellent public relation and interpersonal skills
Effective oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of Oregon legislative process and congressional legislative process
Ability to be self-motivated, self-starter and ability to identify work requirements with little supervision

Additional Requirements:
Employment will be contingent upon passing a fingerprint-based criminal history background check through the Oregon and National Law Enforcement Data Systems and driving history check through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The position requires a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

Additional Information:
To apply follow the "Apply" link above and complete the application on-line. For help applying on-line, contact NEO GOV at 1-877-204-4442.

Please attach to your application the following:
  • At least two recent writing samples
  • At least two graphic design samples
  • At least two samples or a live link of website or social media design/development
  • A cover letter describing how you meet the desired attributes for this position. If available, please include links to your design portfolio, writing samples, web/social media samples in cover letter. Otherwise, provide samples via PDF.
  • Attach copies of transcripts, if you are using education to qualify. Transcripts must include your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name.
  • Please note that qualified candidates whose professional experience and background most closely match the requirements and desired attributes will be offered the opportunity for an interview. Your application will not be accepted if it is incomplete.
  • The State or Oregon requires all applications have a valid e-mail address. If you do not currently have an e-mail address please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's Web page, scroll to the "how to Apply for a Job" section, question #14 to view several links to internet providers that offer free e-mail accounts. The State of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.
  • If you need assistance with adding attachments to your profile or to a specific job application please go to the quick help guide on the State Jobs Page, Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's , then click on Adding and Removing Attachments to a Profile and Job Posting for further instructions.
  • If you have a disability and need an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call TTY (503) 373-2217 at ODVA between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please be prepared to leave a message describing the alternate format needed.

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your on-line application the following documentation:


  • A copy of your DD214/DD215; OR
  • A letter from the US Department of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.
Disabled Veteran

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215; AND
  • A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Additional information on veterans' preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs website at:

or by calling 1-800-692-9666.

Learn more about the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs by visiting our website at

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workforce diversity.

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