Position: Public Affairs Specialist 2 (Public Information Officer)
Location: Salem, Oregon
Job Type: Limited Duration
Department: Forestry-Salem Headquarters
Salary: $4,423.00 – $6,474.00 Monthly
Closing: 5/4/2016 11:59 PM Pacific
More Information on this job available here.
There is currently one limited duration, full-time position with the Oregon Department of Forestry located in Salem. This limited duration position is scheduled to end June 30, 2017. This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact Ken Armstrong, Public Affairs Director, at (503) 945-7420.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment, which will enhance Oregon’s livability and economy for today and tomorrow. ODF is a multi-programmed, multi-funded public agency chartered and structured to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon, within the framework of sustainable forests, for the benefit of all Oregonians.
This position exists in the Department’s Public Affairs Office, which is a critical source of information to both internal and external customers of the department. The Oregon Department of Forestry Public Affairs Office has six primary purposes:
The scope of the program is mostly statewide, but can be regional and national during fire and other emergencies. The work of the program is a key element supporting accomplishment of the Board of Forestry’s policy direction contained in the Forestry Program for Oregon and in supporting the Department’s mission. The program has a director, five Public Affairs Specialist 2s, a Public Affairs Specialist 1, part-time legislative tracking staff, an Office Manager 2, and three Executive Support Specialist 2s. The section supports the Board of Forestry and provides assistance to all Department programs through communication planning and messaging, advising staff on public affairs issues, providing liaison with the news media and responding to public inquiries on forestry issues. The section also provides expertise and guidance on social media, web content development and strategy, video production and other communication technologies and platforms.
The primary purpose of this job/position is to provide public affairs support, mainly in the management of the ODF web page and other media, but also to the Board of Forestry as needed and to the Department as a whole. This support is accomplished with a broad range of tools and techniques, including communication planning, counsel and guidance, message development, media relations, print communication products, and use of the Web and other electronic and social media.
The Oregon Department of Forestry: Serving Oregonians by protecting Oregon’s forests.
Duties & Responsibilities
Major duties include but are not limited to:
ODF external web page management
Social media program management
Video production and graphic design
Assists with general function of the Public Affairs Program
Other duties and projects as assigned
Because the Department’s highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways. That assistance may be directly aiding the emergency effort in the field or at the Salem headquarters. It also may be in providing backup to fill in for another position that is being used in direct aid to the emergency, or it may be in performing an essential function in some capacity either within this Program or elsewhere in Salem or in the field.
Works in a typical office environment. Requires some out-of-town travel and working outside the normal 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule to attend meetings, public hearings or other events. Requires occasional tours or other work in undeveloped, outdoor, forested settings. On occasion, required to operate state vehicles to attend meetings, travel, and other events.Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
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.
NOTE: Transcripts are required to be attached to your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must clearly show 1) your name; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received and; 4) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, unofficial copies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education. Transcripts must be attached to your application and WILL NOT be accepted as verification of education after the announcement has closed.
NOTE: An Oregon driving record check will be conducted on the top applicants to ensure a valid license and acceptable driving record. If your license is from outside Oregon, you must submit at least a three year three-year court/DMV printout at the time of interview.
ODF Standards for operation of State vehicles is more stringent than State license laws and includes as unacceptable:
Complete the work history sections of the job application to clearly show how you meet the minimum qualifications listed in the Qualifications and Desired Attributes section of this announcement. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of your application. Answer the supplemental questions and submit a cover letter (see below).
Cover letter requirement: Please write a cover letter, no more than two pages, that describes your experience or training in:
The screening of candidates will be based on review of the application, supplemental question answers and cover letter. Failure to submit a cover letter with the application will automatically exclude you from the recruitment.Additional Information
To improve communication with all applicants the State of Oregon requires an e-mail address be provided on all applications. If you do not currently have an e-mail address and do not know where to go to get one, please refer to our Applicant Frequently Asked Questions web page to view several links to internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The State of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.
To ensure clear communication, please unfilter emails from neogov.com and governmentjobs.com.
Please note: The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job announcements may change without further notice.
If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call ODF Human Resources at 503-945-7200.
Only complete applications will be considered. Your answers to the supplemental questions must be reflected in the work experience section of your application. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Do not submit a resume in place of completing the Supplemental Questionnaire or the Work Experience section of the application.
Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.
Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. To receive veterans’ preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:
For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans’ preference.
PLEASE NOTE: The Oregon Department of Forestry does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO WORK FORCE DIVERSITY