Communications Project Specialist

Full-Time // Professional // Portland, OR (Remote)

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The pay range is $55,000 – $65,000. Work is currently done remotely due to COVID-19 – remote work will continue through at least June 2021. 

 Who We Are 

Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes.  

At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.  

Oregon Food Bank believes strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at

 Who We Are Looking For 

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to using equity as a process and an outcome of your work.   The Communications Project Specialist will coordinate a host of strategies and tactics identified in partnership with Oregon Food Bank’s talented team of marketing and communications professionals. You bring a passion for details, process and organization that enables key cross-department engagement initiatives. You are able to interpret strategies to drill down on measures that keep team members on track and on-schedule. And you apply a ‘get to yes’ approach that promotes accountability and ensures deadlines are met. 

This role will manage complex communications projects that make essential resources more accessible to communities and disrupt systems that drive hunger and poverty. The successful candidate will have a sincere interest in collaboration, problem-solving and continuous learning; a firm belief in Oregon Food Bank’s mission; and a strong affinity for our 10-year vision for resilient communities throughout that never go hungry. 

 Primary Responsibilities 

  • Leads communications project planning and related cross-department coordination 
  • Proactively monitors and tracks project progress — advising teams on detailed schedules and budget status 
  • Ensures key milestones are met by communications colleagues, cross-team collaborators and vendors 
  • Plans resources, coordinates workflow and delegates work as needed to move projects forward 
  • Working with vendors to compile estimates, through project completion 
  • Provides quality control on key project deliverables 
  • Develops and executes best practices for project management and internal procedures 
  • Measures project performance using appropriate tools and techniques 
  • Assist in the creation of messaging and related content to engage and inform key audiences 
  • Other Duties as assigned

 Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate 

  • At least three years experience providing project management and support within a communications team, creative agency or similar setting  
  • Demonstrated success in owning and managing complex projects that involve internal team members, cross-team collaborators and vendors 
  • Experience in project planning, sequencing, time estimating, resourcing, monitoring and management 
  • Willingness to ask questions, creatively remove roadblocks and provide gentle accountability  
  • Experience with project management tools (Oregon Food Bank uses Asana, GoogleSuite and Basecamp) 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills to interact professionally, diplomatically and productively with colleagues and contacts at all levels 
  • Working knowledge of social media and content management tools 
  • Ability to work with confidential information 
  • Ability to take initiative, be self-directed, and prioritize multiple tasks 
  • Significant time management and organizational skills 
  • Ability to thrive in a quick-moving, ever-evolving environment 

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Understanding of and interest in the intersection of social service delivery and economic justice 
  • Awareness of current events and news in anti-hunger efforts, federal food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.) or general social service delivery 
  • Familiarity with the political and policy landscape in the Pacific Northwest 
  • Experience with content management systems (such as WordPress) and/or integrated digital engagement platforms (EveryAction, BlueState, NationBuilder, etc.)  
  • Proficiency in a language other than English, bi-lingual and bi-cultural skills strongly preferred
  • Experience working for a food bank, non-profit and/or personal lived experience of inequity/oppression 

Fine Print: Work will primarily be performed in a remote/home setting through at least June 2021, while sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. May lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Work may take place outside normal working hours, with occasional out of town travel and/or driving of a personal vehicle for various projects as needed.