Job Description:

Department of Human Services

Position:  Public Affairs Specialist 2

Location:  500 Summer Street, Salem, Oregon

APPLY HERE:–Summer-Street—DHS/Public-Affairs-Specialist-2–Strategic-Communications-Officer_REQ-33485/apply

This employment opportunity is with the Oregon Department of Human Services, Communications Office.  There is One permanent, full-time Public Affairs Specialist 2 position located in Salem.  

As the Public Affairs Specialist 2, You will:

Help Oregon’s children and families by telling their story and the story of the Child Welfare Program that serves them daily. You will do this while planning and implementing communication strategies and tactics to support the Child Welfare program and drive public understanding and transparency of its work.

This includes: 

  • Creating internal communications plans and messages for more than 3,000 statewide Child Welfare Program staff.
  • stories about DHS clients, employees, and community partners to help drive public understanding of the work of DHS.
  • Creating website content to educate the public about how to support Oregon’s children and families, to promote transparency and to inform the public of important issues and services related to DHS.
    Creating communication plans and materials to ensure external audiences have the information they need about DHS programs that affect them and their communities.
  • Developing key messages and communication strategies that align with agency goals, objectives, and values.
  • Preparing leadership and creating messaging for presentations in public forums.
  • Long-range communications planning and evaluation.
  • Exercising strategic thinking and effective judgement to craft communication materials.
  • Advising management on the design and implementation of internal and external communications projects.
  • Reviewing and editing communications materials to ensure the style and content align with the program and agency’s approved style manuals.

What We Can Offer You:

You will join a team of professionals in a dynamic, creative workplace that promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect, dedication and enthusiasm. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans.

Working Conditions:

The person in this position works primarily in an open-landscape office environment, with occasional travel required. This position must have the ability to function in a high-energy and complex work environment with frequent interruptions and multiple priorities. The flexibility to meet tight and changing deadlines is required, as is the ability to work well with a variety of internal and external customers including DHS managers and staff, the Governor’s Office staff, other government agency staff and officials, agency partners, contractors, media representatives, and the general public. This person also is occasionally required to work long hours, including evenings and weekends. The person in this position will handle highly classified and confidential information, communications, and documentation; and is required to use the utmost discretion at all times.

This is What you need to Qualify:

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 of experience directly related to Public Affairs; two of the five years must have been at the professional level.

Requested Skills & Desired Attributes – The Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to write concisely and creatively about complex and controversial topics.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience developing communication plans and seeing projects to completion.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and remain flexible in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff throughout the agency, as well as partners and stakeholders.
  • A self-starter who takes initiative.
  • Experience working with the media, government officials, or public.


External Applicants: Click on the above “Apply HERE” link and submit your application. View this video for help.

Internal Applicants (this includes Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.

**Resume is required.

**Cover Letter is required describing the following:

What is your experience communicating complex and controversial issues? What steps would you take to ensure diversity and equity are considered while communications planning?


Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the minimum and special qualifications listed above. We do not accept a resume in place of the completed application.  For additional tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page, Resources for Job Seekers.


To receive Veterans’ Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to you through Workday and will be located under your account profile. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation for your Veterans’ Preference point selection. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources or call the Oregon department of Veterans’ Affairs at:  1-800-692-9666.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.  Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.

This position is management service and is not represented by a union.  Note:  this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

For questions about the job duties or application process, please contact [email protected]  Please be sure to include the job requisition number.

If you need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate in the application or selection process, please contact our office at [email protected]

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DHS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community