Community Engagement Coordinator – Public Affairs Specialist 2
Highway Division – Region 1
ODOT Major Projects Unit is engaged in complex and controversial projects that analyze and resolve policy implications of new ODOT programs and policies. We are recruiting for a community engagement coordinator to direct public and stakeholder education in order to complete a legislatively-directed value pricing feasibility analysis. Value pricing, also known as "congestion pricing", is a type of tolling in which a higher price is set for driving on a road when demand is greater. The goal is to reduce congestion by encouraging people to travel at less congested times and to provide more reliable travel times for paying users. The person in this position will decide how and when to communicate information regarding construction and maintenance activity to stakeholders and the media and will advise ODOT management.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.
- This is a limited duration appointment that is scheduled to last for 18 months, though the duration can change at any time due to business needs. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible with a designated maximum length of service.
- This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:30am, but we may close the announcement at any time when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after the first screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
- We may also fill this position as a rotational assignment open to current state of Oregon employees. Rotation candidates are not required to meet the position's minimum qualifications.
- This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).
| Duties & Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement comprehensive community outreach plans to support the Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis.
- Respond to project-related inquiries from other jurisdictions and the public.
- Review and prepare meeting and comment summaries.
- Represent ODOT at public events.
- Author the summary report for the Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis.
- Serve as the webmaster for the region.
- Prepare written materials and deliver presentations
- Draft media releases and talking points.
- Provide media support and track media coverage.
- Support policy advisory committee meetings.
- Develop content for the region's intranet.
| 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.
Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
Preferred Attributes: We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following. We will use the items on this list along with our essay-style supplemental questions to determine who to interview.
- Ability to communicate complicated/technical information to a variety of audiences.
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Ability to write for multiple audiences, including via the web.
- Ability to deal with strong opinions and deescalate situations.
- Experience working on political projects with a high level of public/media interest and scrutiny.
- Understanding of tolling, value pricing and transportation planning.
- Extended work days and night meetings.
- Frequent travel within the region.
- Tight timelines with overlapping deadlines.
- Some outdoor and project work site visits.
- Occasional involvement in emotionally tense situations.
| Additional Information:
|Rotation Details: Applies only to rotation candidates (current state of Oregon employees applying for this as a rotational assignment.)
- This opportunity is scheduled to last for 18 months but could change based on business needs.
- Rotational candidates do not have to meet the position's minimum qualifications to be considered.
- You must have your manager's approval before expressing interest in this opportunity. That written approval must be attached to your application. (If it is not attached, we cannot forward your application to the hiring manager.)
- You must be a current permanent state of Oregon employee in good standing (temporary and limited duration employees are not eligible) to apply.
- The sponsoring work unit will provide funding for this assignment.
- The successful candidate will remain eligible for cost-of-living increases and regular salary adjustments, as applicable, and will remain in his/her permanent classification and salary range.
- The successful candidate may be eligible for work out of class compensation within this classification's salary range.
- Relocation and per diem will not be paid.
- Upon completion of this assignment, employee will return to his/her permanent position.
- The assignment can be terminated at any time, by either party, without prejudice.
For questions about the job announcement or online application, call 503-373-7377.
This opportunity is open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Friday, September 15 at 7:30am, but we may close the announcement at any time when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after the first screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.