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Community Liaison and Engagement Coordinator (Public Affairs Specialist 2)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

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Close Date: 03/05/2020

With more than 40,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water.

Ready to make a positive impact on community health across Oregon? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Community Liaison and Engagement Coordinator (Public Affairs Specialist 2) in Portland, Oregon. This position is limited duration through June 30, 2021 with the anticipation of becoming permanent.

Cleaner Air Oregon is DEQ’s innovative new program that evaluates and protects public health from industrial air toxics emissions. We are seeking dynamic and dedicated applicants to develop and implement this innovative new program. Please consider joining this dynamic team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Cleaner Air Oregon section of the Air Quality Division at DEQ has lead responsibility to ensure the accurate assessment and the reduction of air toxics using health based standards. This section is responsible for supporting completion of risk assessment and the determination of permitting and reporting requirements for sources assessed under program rules. This section is primarily responsible for implementation, support, and coordination of an air toxics program in coordination with regional offices, including ongoing risk assessments, policy and guidance development, training, rule and statute revisions, performance monitoring, and oversight of the air toxics program.

What you will do!
The Community Liaison and Engagement Coordinator coordinates and executes community outreach and engagement for the statewide implementation of Cleaner Air Oregon, with a focus on implementing effective engagement in communities impacted by emissions evaluated and regulated by Cleaner Air Oregon. In this position, you will serve as a liaison between DEQ staff and the community, and you will be the primary and dedicated point of contact for community members across Oregon who have questions or concerns about Cleaner Air Oregon and air toxics. You will meet regularly with community members and organizations to understand needs and concerns, and develop and implement unique and effective engagement strategies. You will develop and provide information to the public, including informational materials and web content, as well as develop and help implement communication plans. In addition, you will use a variety of communication and public involvement tools and practices, including public relations, education and media relations, staff training, and social media. Finally, you will work to engage communities who may be disproportionately impacted by pollutants considered in the Cleaner Air Oregon decision-making process.

What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land. We offer medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program. If you are passionate about Oregon's environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?
• Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a related degree, AND 2 years of professional level experience in Public Relations or Affairs.
• Experience communicating complex technical information to lay audiences in multiple formats.
• Effective skills in organizational dynamics, consensus building, and the facilitation of meetings; experience using empathetic interpersonal and listening skills in the community engagement process.
• Excellent event planning and organizational skills, as well as professional level writing and editing skills; ability to work under tight communications deadlines in high-pressure environments with shifting priorities.
• Experience with communication and public involvement, as well as in planning public meetings; experience working with the media.
• Familiarity with a wide variety of communication tools, including social media.
• Ability to use individual initiative and judgment when interpreting agency policy in developing communication strategies and plans.
• Experience assessing the communication needs of organizations, and identifying trends, interests, and public concerns.
• Experience writing about natural resources or climate change topics.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.
Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of your application.
**Please be sure to check both your e-mail and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.**

Veterans Information:
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Questions/Need Help?
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5107.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

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