Are you a collaborative and team-oriented communications professional? Are you committed to efficient and effective service delivery? Are you a creative individual with strong writing and graphic design skills? If so, Come Lead with Us at Washington County as our Public Health Communications Coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)!
Washington County's Public Health division works to protect individuals and communities against the spread of disease, injuries and environmental hazards while promoting and encouraging healthier lifestyles. We have a new opportunity for a seasoned communications professional to assist our staff in sharing information about our valuable work with the community.
The Public Health Communications Coordinator will develop, support, monitor and evaluate a division-wide comprehensive public health communication plan. They will coordinate with staff on the marketing and communications needs of program areas including promotion of community participation and feedback. The Coordinator will maintain and update internal and external communication by collecting and curating content from all program areas to share in multiple formats (internet, intranet, e-mail, newsletters, etc.). As part of the regular duties, they will provide trainings and updates to staff on communication and media issues. In concert with the HHS Department Communications Coordinator, they will support marketing and public relations communications including print, video, social media and media events. During emergencies and in response to emergent issues, they will support emergency-response communication.
The ideal candidate will have strong writing and graphic design skills with the ability to produce strategic communication pieces for the division, including press releases, newsletters, website content, etc. The individual must have strong interpersonal skills, ability to effectively work with persons from diverse backgrounds and be committed to County and department diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. They should have experience in a variety of communication channels/platforms including email marketing, social media and video. They should be self-motivated, have good time management skills with the ability to juggle projects and meet deadlines.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Public Health or health-related fields.
Education and Experience: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Bachelor's Degree in communications, public relations, or related field; AND
One (1) year of professional experience in public relations, community outreach, communications, public information programs, or related work within a complex organization.
If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.
Internal Number: 2020-31
About Washington County
About Washington County, Oregon
Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area are nationally recognized as being among the most livable areas in the country. Located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area, Washington County is the second largest and fastest growing county in Oregon, with an approximate population of 560,460. The community is one of Oregon’s most ethnically diverse, drawing from Europe, Central and South America, Asia, the Pacific nations and Africa. Residents and institutions alike reflect a global perspective.
Washington County encompasses 727 square miles, with 12 incorporated cities including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin, along with a large urban unincorporated population. Focused residential and industrial growth has enabled the county to preserve more than 80% of its agricultural and forestlands with the nationally acclaimed Urban Growth Boundary.
The community enjoys excellent schools, and a uniquely diverse array of cultural and recreational activities. With only an hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains and a half-hour to downtown Portland, Washington County enjoys the benefits of a healthy ur...ban and rural environment. Light rail and commuter rail links our cities, and vibrant station area communities are growing around them.
The county’s developed regions are home to traditional suburban and new-mixed use neighborhoods, electronics leaders such as Intel, IBM and Tektronix, major new biotech (Genentech) and solar energy (Solar World) plants, and world headquarters for both Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Intel’s investment in Washington County exceeds that of any Intel site worldwide. Outside the Urban Growth Boundary, the county transitions to nurseries, wineries and other farm and forest enterprises.
Washington County is one of just nine Oregon counties operating under home rule charter. The Charter provides the county with the authority to design an organized structure that effectively responds to community needs. It establishes a Council-Manager form of government, with a five-member Board of Commissioners assuming the legislative role. The Board Chair serves on a full-time basis and is elected at-large. The remaining four commissioners are elected by district voters and serve on a part-time basis.
The Board appoints the County Administrator who is responsible for providing staff support to the Board and overseeing daily operations. In addition to the Department of Support Services (HR, IT, Finance, Facilities/Parks, Fleet), County offices and departments include: the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Housing Services, Health and Human Services, County Counsel, Juvenile Services, Land Use & Transportation, County Auditor, Cooperative Library Services and Assessment & Taxation. The Sheriff, District Attorney and Auditor are elected department head positions. County Counsel, like the County Administrator, is appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Approximately 2,000 employees enjoy a collaborative culture and work-life balance. Working within our local government agency provides daily opportunities to serve, build and sustain communities now and into the future.