Public Affairs Specialist 2 (DEQ Public Information Officer, Bend)
Environmental Quality-Management Services - Bend, OR

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The Office of Communications and Outreach for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has an immediate opening for a full-time Public Affairs Specialist 2 position, located in Bend, Oregon.

If you have submitted a previous application for this position, posted as announcement number DEQ12-0105LE, you do not need to reapply.

We are seeking a talented individual with excellent communication and outreach skills to help the agency engage with Oregonians on environmental issues, and to tell our story about environmental protection.

This successful applicant must have the flexibility to meet tight and changing deadlines, work well with a variety of internal and external customers including media representatives, agency and local government partners and the general public.

Working Conditions
Works primarily in an open-landscape office environment, with frequent travel to field offices in The Dalles and Pendleton. In-state travel with occasional overnight stays required to attend public meetings and hearings. May be required, during emergencies such as spills, to work from on-site information centers; may work under adverse physical weather conditions for extended hours on short notice.

Furlough
Due to budget shortfalls, the governor has mandated that all State of Oregon employees take unpaid furlough days throughout the 2011--2013 biennium. The number of days this position will be required to take before June 30, 2013, will be dependent on the start date.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Lead staff in critical analysis of communications issues.
Determine timetables and most effective delivery methods.
Writs and develop communication plans.
Provide strategic communications planning.
Provide public outreach for the Eastern Region of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Provide communication consultation.
Writes and edits Web content, news releases, fact sheets and other informational materials.
Develop communication plans, strategies and materials for internal and exterior initiatives.
Provide media and communication training for staff.
Respond to media requests.
Design and lead public involvement efforts.
Provides region with media news analysis on high profile issues.
Write and edit fact sheets, templates, web copy, articles, talking points, speeches, messages, question and answer copy, fliers, newsletters and reports for both internal and external audiences.

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 Public Affairs OR
Five years experience directly related to the duties of the position. Two of the five years must have been at the professional level. **Applicants must submit two (2) examples of your writing skills - these must be included as text or links in the attachment section of your application.**

Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes will be invited for an interview. Desired Attributes Preference may be given to applicants who possess these skills:
Experience performing professional-level writing and editing.
Experience communicating complex technical or scientific information to a lay audience.
Experience working with the media. Explain your approach and the results achieved.
Experience managing projects that involve several people or contributors.
Experience working on tight deadlines in intense environments.
Experience planning public meetings.

Additional Information:
To apply for this position , follow the “Apply” link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted.

Only complete applications will be considered . Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents. Responses to the “Supplemental Questions” will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for the position.

Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the desired attributes for the position will be invited to interview.

Notice: The state of Oregon now requires all applicants provide an e-mail address. If you do not currently have an e-mail address, refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page, scroll to the ‘How to Apply for a Job’ section, question #14 to view several internet providers who provide free e-mail accounts. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider. For your convenience, here's the link to the page: http://www.oregonjobs.org/DAS/STJOBS/Fags.shtml

Union: This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3336.

If you have a disability or otherwise require assistance, you may contact us at:

Department of Environmental Quality
Human Resources Office
811 SW Sixth Ave
Portland OR 97204
(503) 229-5382
Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

VISIT OUR AGENCY WEBSITE AT: www.oregon.gov/DEQ

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