Strategic Communications Officer - Open Continuous

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 13, 2020
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing
  • Salary: $65,811.00 - $109,491.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This recruitment will remain open for three (3) months.
  • The second review period willconsist of all applications receivedfrom 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.

The Office of Community & Civic Life seeks a communications professional to join a dynamic team working to promote a culture of civic engagement for all Portlanders.

As the bureau's first Strategic Communications Officer, this person will serve a key role in supporting civic engagement and increasing civic participation in our city, as well as shaping relationships with existing bureau partners, other civic organizations, and with those whom we aim to better serve.

Strategic communication is a cross-cutting discipline that blends together principles of rhetoric, technology, learning theory and culture, and more, to improve and deliver communication in a wide range of settings.

The ideal person for the role will be an independent, creative thinker with a passion for storytelling, amplifying the voices of communities, and shaping a new narrative of who we are becoming as a city.

The Strategic Communications Officer (Public Information Officer classification) serves all program areas and the bureau overall, and is charged with developing and implementing in these areas:

• Develop and regularly update a communications plan and professional standards for representing the bureau and the City that can be measured against program-, bureau- and communications-specific goals.

• Continually assess and build the bureau's capacity to facilitate internal and external culturally-responsive practices for engaging a broad, diverse and evolving network of stakeholders in a multilingual, multicultural context. Develop and manage communications infrastructure including editorial and digital calendars, databases, and departmental budgets, cultivating relevant, effective channels for segmented audiences.

• Contribute to and support the implementation of the bureau's
strategic goals and intersectional equity efforts.

•Work with the director and leadership team to frame conversations for constructive public dialogue and to address complex community and media relations issues in support of bureau and City goals.

• Serve as a primary point of contact for communications-related needs.

• Maintain and populate the bureau's main channels of communication, including digital
platforms and collateral development. Work with bureau staff in project- and program-specific activities, including participating in special projects, providing training support and coaching in communications activities, and ensuring consistency of quality and message throughout the bureau.

• Maintain and cultivate contacts and relationships with media and other communications-related professions. Invited candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio of written, digital and designed communications materials as part of the interview process.

• Oversee the bureau's branding and the implementation of Civic Life's visual identity and message platform.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer inALLpeople and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer acomprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families.If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Ability and experience to engage multiple stakeholders in the strategic assessment, planning and implementation for a multifaceted organization.
  2. Demonstrated track record in framing contemporary issues related to civic engagement, community-led social change, and issues of race, migration, disability and other equity dimensions.
  3. Principles, methods and techniques of graphic design, layout and print production.
  4. Principles, method and techniques of digital communication, social media and website design and maintenance.
  5. Demonstrated track record of supervising staff and managing contractors including technical, research and creative consultants.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials notrequested .Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé online, as well as answer the supplemental questions specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
  • Your résumé and answers to the supplemental questionswill be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers to each supplemental questionshould include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.You may want to prepare your answers offline and then cut and paste into the text box provided.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to your supplemental questions and résumé any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later thanthe closing date and timeof this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

Work Status:Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference:If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA Accommodations:If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity:It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Terrol Johnson, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3172

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 4/13/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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