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Multnomah County
Anna Shy
anna.shy@multco.us

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland Oregon United States 97214

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Bilingual Spanish Communications Coordinator, Communications Office


Job ID: 6121
Job Views: 1738
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Postal Code: 97214
Job Category: Newspapers,Television,Online | New Media,Public Relations | Marketing,Media Business Positions,Corporate Publications/Newsletters
Employment Type: Full time
Salary:
Posted: 09.02.2021

Job Description

Pay Range: $38.62 - $47.54 Hourly

Department: Non-Departmental

Job Type: Regular Represented

Exemption Status: United States of America (Non-Exempt)

Closing Date: September 05, 2021

 

Overview

¿Hablas español? ¿Te gusta ayudar a la comunidad?

As the Bilingual Spanish Communications Coordinator, you will be on the front lines of gathering and disseminating Multnomah County Health Department news stories, policies and values, connecting them both linguistically and culturally, to Spanish speaking communities. Working under the Director of Communications, you will cover news developments and deliver them to the community with a wide array of compelling and easily digestible materials. Your understanding of the traditions, values, and customs of the Spanish/Latinx community will be leveraged to ensure effective news reporting and communications strategies are used to engage a public interest and reaction. This is a fast-paced and deadline driven position, where you manage multiple news stories simultaneously.

 

Responsibilities in this role include:

  • Collaborating with print, broadcast and social media outlets to promote Multnomah County Health Department’s story and connecting with Spanish and English media audiences.

  • Analyzing, consulting and determining the best course of communications action for the Chair, the Board of Commissioners, and department directors to reach Spanish-speaking populations. 

  • Researching and analyzing Health Department policies and directives, public health advice or mandates, or other sensitive topics and recommending communication strategies.  

  • Covering news developments at the Board of County Commissioners’ weekly meeting.

  • Writing and managing content and news developments for the County’s Spanish-language Facebook page Condado de Multnomah and overall County platforms on Twitter and Instagram. 

  • Responding as part of the communications team to health and public safety emergencies with primary responsibility for the Spanish and Latinx communities.

  • Occasional translation and writing content in Spanish for print and broadcast.

 

Who We Are:

The Communications Office is the central voice and point of information for residents, the public and the news media, communicating what Multnomah County does and how employees work in the community to provide services. The office – using targeted communications strategies – works directly with the Chair's Office, the Board, elected officials, and county staff to promote transparency and demonstrate how effectively local government officials use taxpayer dollars to support all residents.

 

The County:

Multnomah County has approximately 6,000 employees. Chair Deborah Kafoury and four Commissioners lead county government, which consists of the County Auditor, District Attorney, Sheriff (all elected officials) and service departments that include Community Justice, Community Services, County Human Services, County Assets, County Management, Libraries, and Health. The county provides services to the most vulnerable populations in the most populated county in the state.


 

To Qualify

 

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

 

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. 

  • Two (2) to five (5) years journalism experience

  • Experience in daily/weekly news reporting

  • Proficiency in the Spanish language, with the ability to speak, write and read fluently in both English and Spanish.

  • Extensive experience with the Spanish speaking community, demonstrated by familiarity with the traditions, values, and customs of the community being served.

  • Must be available on evenings and weekends to provide emergency communications when the county is experiencing emergency situations.

  • Must have a valid driver's license by the time of hire.

  • Depending upon assignment, candidates may be required to pass a criminal background check.

 

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Degree or major coursework in Journalism, English, Communications, or related field.

  • Excellent public speaking skills and strong writing skills.

  • Experience in using social media in a professional setting

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple competing priorities.

  • Ability to interact and work with a diverse group of people and at all levels of the organization.

  • Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation, project management, and cultural relations.

  • Ability to analyze and make sound recommendations on highly complex and sensitive organization, program, intergovernmental, legislative and political issues.

  • Ability to present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in meetings and before internal and external groups.

  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with mayors, city commissioners, department directors and managers, business, civic, community and labor leaders.

 

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

 

 

Screening and Evaluation

 

The application packet consists of the following. Keep in mind we use your application materials as evaluation tools. The quality and strength of your application will determine if you move forward in the process. Respond to each section completely and concisely. Refer to your relevant experience (paid or unpaid) and training.

 

Application Packet: Your completed application must include the following items:   

  • A completed online application and/or a resume. 

  • A cover letter. Attach a cover letter as a separate document and address the following:

    • Please describe how your background makes you a great candidate in this role described in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. 

    • Please describe any work experience and transferable skills related to:

      • Bilingual Bicultural Journalism

      • Health Coverage and Reporting

      • Communication Planning

      • Public Speaking

      • Social Media

      • Racial Justice and Equity

  • Recent work sample: Attach a recent sample of your work (print or broadcast clip or link) that you have developed that was directed at a news audience (2 page maximum for print). You can attach the work as a PDF or upload a document that lists the link. 

 

Note: Your application and/or resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials may be scored and determine your eligibility for an interview. The quality of your response may determine if you are moved on to the next review. Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the online application/resume about how your background is relevant. Information stated in your cover letter must be consistent with your application and/or resume (when applicable). 

 

Internal candidates: After you have submitted your application, please check your Workday inbox and complete the Veterans’ Preference Questionnaire prior to the application deadline. 

 

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. The recruiter as listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

 

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications. 

  • An evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates. It may include supplemental questions & work sample review. 

  • Consideration of top candidates through phone screen and/or panel interviews.

  • Language Proficiency Evaluation. Must pass both written and verbal assessments. 

  • Background check and reference checks: All finalists must pass a thorough background and reference check.

 

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

 

Type of Position:

  • This hourly, union-represented position is eligible overtime.

  • Job Profile: Public Affairs Coordinator

  • Typical work hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This position has ongoing responsibilities to provide emergency communications when the county is experiencing an emergency situation therefore occasional evenings and weekends are required. 

 

Location: 

  • Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is currently teleworking. Future of work may be a hybrid between teleworking and working in the office. 

  • Due to legal and administrative complexities, the County will not allow international or out-of-state teleworking beyond neighboring counties in the State of Oregon and Washington. 


Additional Information: The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future regular, limited duration, full or part-time, temporary, or on-call positions.


Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

 

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

 

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

 

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711


Job Requirements

To Qualify

 

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

 

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. 

  • Two (2) to five (5) years journalism experience

  • Experience in daily/weekly news reporting

  • Proficiency in the Spanish language, with the ability to speak, write and read fluently in both English and Spanish.

  • Extensive experience with the Spanish speaking community, demonstrated by familiarity with the traditions, values, and customs of the community being served.

  • Must be available on evenings and weekends to provide emergency communications when the county is experiencing emergency situations.

  • Must have a valid driver's license by the time of hire.

  • Depending upon assignment, candidates may be required to pass a criminal background check.

 

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Degree or major coursework in Journalism, English, Communications, or related field.

  • Excellent public speaking skills and strong writing skills.

  • Experience in using social media in a professional setting

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple competing priorities.

  • Ability to interact and work with a diverse group of people and at all levels of the organization.

  • Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation, project management, and cultural relations.

  • Ability to analyze and make sound recommendations on highly complex and sensitive organization, program, intergovernmental, legislative and political issues.

  • Ability to present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in meetings and before internal and external groups.

  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with mayors, city commissioners, department directors and managers, business, civic, community and labor leaders.

 

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.



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