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Communication Outreach Specialist (Operations & Policy Analyst 3)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, 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. Here is a video about DEQ:
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Communication Outreach Specialist (Operations & Policy Analyst 3) in Portland, Oregon.
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Land Quality Division supports the agency's mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic commercial products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state's underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters. 
The Materials Management program plans and implements policies and programs to reduce the impacts of materials and products throughout their full life cycle, from design and production through distribution, consumption and use, and management at end-of-life. This section establishes goals and measures; supports and performs research; develops and implements incentive, product stewardship, waste reduction, and waste management programs; provides education and information; and collaborates with diverse public and private partners. It works with partners statewide and beyond to reduce the impacts of materials and products during their extraction, production, use, and end-of-life.
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What you will do!
You will develop and implement communication, outreach and education strategies, programs, and action plans to support the materials management program; projects to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials; and projects that support the program’s efforts toward environmental justice. You will conduct research and analysis to support culturally responsive communication, outreach, education, and other materials management projects. You will plan, design, lead, and coordinate branding, social media campaigns, and integrated messaging for diverse audiences, as well as plan, design, lead, and conduct culturally responsive outreach activities to engage and foster relationships with stakeholders and the public. You will develop communication materials in print and other formats and develop long-range plans, goals, objectives, and milestones on an ongoing basis to support the diverse needs of communication, outreach, and education activities. In addition, you will give consultative advice, conduct programmatic strategic planning and communication efforts, conduct and present research findings, conduct program evaluation and make recommendations, facilitate meetings, lead projects, provide expertise for legislative communications, and recommend policy, operational, or program changes in regard to communication, outreach, and education activities of the materials management program.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 11 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). 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?
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, finance, political science, or a related degree, AND 4 years of professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Experience developing and implementing communication, outreach, and education strategies, programs, and action plans.
  • Experience developing a variety of communication materials in print and other formats; experience coordinating branding and social media campaigns for diverse audiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information tailored to the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Experience planning, designing, leading, and conducting culturally responsive outreach activities to engage and foster relationships with stakeholders and the public; facilitation of stakeholder/public engagement experience; experience working with multiple parties with competing interests to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to devise, develop, lead, and evaluate programs; experience working with environmental programs; previous experience as a project leader.
  • Highly motivated; a willingness to take initiative; ability to work creatively to find solutions; innovative; and excellent problem solving skills involving detailed thinking for solving complex issues.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills; experience with research, development, and evaluation.
Working Conditions:
Most work is performed in a professional office setting. There will be occasional travel on official State business for meetings, conferences, trainings, and public hearings, some of which may include evening work and/or overnight stays.
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
Veterans Information:
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
Pay Equity:
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
Work Authorization:
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.
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) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.