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November 9, 2009


Post Code: D721
Announcement Number: LEHS9750
Classification Number: X0866
Open: 11/06/2009
Close: 11/23/2009
Location: Salem
Availability: Full Time

(Department of Human Services Communications Officer)

$4,906 – $6,889 MONTHLY

This employment opportunity is with the Office of the Director/Office of Communications (OC) which is part of the Department of Human Services (DHS). There is one full-time opening located in Salem. This position is management service and is not represented by a union.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall the Governor has ordered mandatory furloughs for employees. This position will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2009-2011.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, the Behavioral or Social Sciences or related degree and five years professional level experience in Public Relations or Affairs.


Eight years experience directly related to Public Relations or Affairs; five of the eight years must have been at the professional level.


State of Oregon Application Form PD100 AND

A cover letter that clearly addresses each of the following desired competencies listed below. If you do not respond to the desired competencies, you may not be offered an interview. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the desired competencies will be invited to interview.

1. Experience working with local, regional and national media as a public information officer, communications director or principal spokesperson.
2. Experience organizing news conferences and events.
3. Experience handling communications related to controversial and/or crisis situations.
4. Experience performing professional-level writing and editing.
5. Experience developing and implementing external and internal communication plans.


A current resume or curriculum vitae


The following work samples:

1. A news release for wide distribution.
2. A communications plan implemented that addresses a specific communications challenge.
3. A sample of writing that explains a complex or technical issue in clear language for a general audience.

NOTE: Writing/work samples will not be returned.

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