State of Oregon

Job title: Equity Communications Specialist (Public Affairs Specialist 2) Limited Duration

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Company: State of Oregon

Job description: Initial Posting Date: 08/01/2022

Application Deadline: 08/11/2022

Agency: Oregon Health Authority

Salary Range: $5,148 – $7,902

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Equity Communications Specialist (Public Affairs Specialist 2) Limited Duration (3 Positions)

Job Description:

in Portland, Oregon has a great opportunity for three (3) Equity Communications Specialists (Public Affairs Specialist 2).

The base position is located in Portland, Oregon with full-time remote or hybrid work capabilities.

These are full-time, limited duration, classified positions which are represented by a union. Limited duration positions are eligible for benefits. The duration is expected to last through June 30, 2023, and potentially longer. This recruitment may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current or future vacancies. Current State of Oregon employees have the option of a job rotation.

What will you do?

As the Equity Communications Specialist, you join OHA’s COVID-19 Communications Unit to provide communications support for community engagement, analyze COVID-19-related communication needs, develop strategies to reach priority population audiences, implement communication tactics, with a focus on equity to further OHA’s 2030 goal of eliminating health disparities. You will create impactful COVID-19 vaccination, public education and promotional collateral material that is authentic and captures the stories, experiences and needs of Oregon’s communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and for communities with high rates of vaccine hesitancy. You will also write internal division newsletter content and support internal communications as needed.

The Equity Communications Specialist carries out all communications activities as assigned by the Lead Public Information Officer (PIO) and represents OHA to external audiences by developing communication plans and writing collateral for partner websites, newsletters, media releases, social media, fact sheets, infographics, video scripts, Q&As and FAQs.

What’s in it for you?

The External Relations Division’s COVID Communications Unit is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities as the pandemic shifts from a crisis response to a new phase of building resiliency in all communities. We value lived experience and bicultural and bilingual perspectives. In addition, we value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

Opportunities for career growth and development within state government are vast, and we offer generous benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer . Click to learn more about State of Oregon benefits.

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to:

Eliminating health inequities in Oregon by 2030

Becoming an anti-racist organization

Developing and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, and

Developing and retaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce that represents the diversity, cultures, strengths, and values of the people of Oregon.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, the Behavioral or Social Sciences or related degree, AND two (2) years of professional-level experience in Public Relations or Public Affairs;


Five (5) years of experience directly related to the position under recruitment; two (2) of the five (5) years must have been at the professional-level.

Requested Skills:

Lived experience, cultural understanding, and language expertise to ensure effective community-centered communications.

Ability to develop effective communications for wide and diverse audiences in a language that can be easily understood.

Excellent skills in public speaking, marketing, writing, editing and problem resolution (negotiation skills).

Experience serving as public information officer or spokesperson for an organization is preferred.

Extensive knowledge of news media operations, communications, program design, project coordination, and publication development.

Demonstrated ability to exercise good independent judgment, to interpret complex policies or procedures, and effectively communicate these to a broad audience.

Experience developing, editing and producing multimedia materials, including print, video, and web materials.

Demonstrated ability to develop and execute complex communication plans.

Experience in public health, health care, or working on health issues is preferred.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Understanding of the role of a public agency.

Comfortable working independently.

Experience in health equity, addressing systemic health disparities and collaborating with diverse, vulnerable, and underrepresented populations.

Experience creating, promoting, welcoming, and maintaining a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

Directions to Apply:

Attach a cover letter that addresses your qualifications as related to the requested skills as listed above in the job announcement.

Attach a resume that demonstrates your qualifications as related to the requirements and functions of this position as listed above in the job announcement.

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Additional Information:

Background Check: If you are offered employment, your offer will be contingent upon the positive outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check, and driving records check. The information will be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Pay Equity: Please ensure your application materials are current and thorough; including your work history and education. Your application materials will be used to determine salary based on a pay equity analysis. For further information, please visit the homepage.

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If you have questions or would like assistance, including an accommodation request under the American with Disabilities Act, please contact Tracie Knight, HR Analyst, at . TTY users, please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. For technical support, please call toll-free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.

Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Pay Equity:

The Oregon Health Authority is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other protected class under state or federal law. In addition, we do not discriminate, or screen applicants based on current or past compensation. We determine salary by reviewing your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience, and training for this position. For further information, please visit the homepage. To learn more about OHA’s mission, vision, and core values, .

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and anti-racism.

Expected salary: $5148 – 7902 per month

Location: Portland, OR

Job date: Wed, 03 Aug 2022 04:29:16 GMT

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