Senior Community Engagement Specialist

$40.23 - $50.93 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 28, 2022
Full time Senior Citizen Programs

Job Description

Senior Community Engagement Specialist

Job ID: 106564

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


Annual Pay Range: $83,681.80 - $105,942.91

Hourly Pay Range: $40.231635 - $50.934093

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


Clackamas County's Department of Public & Government Affairs (PGA) seeks an experienced, organized, and motivated community engagement professional to join our team as the Senior Community Engagement Specialist.

The Senior Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for facilitating and coordinating a robust community engagement strategy for the county, focusing on building relationships with volunteers, county community partners, and service providers. This position works closely with county staff to advise and assist in community engagement initiatives to:

• Ensure adherence to the county's mission and values;

• Help increase visibility, equity, accessibility, and responsiveness of the county's services, programs, and initiatives; and

• Cultivate an engaged and diverse public community throughout the county.

Under the supervision of the Government and External Relations Manager, the selected candidate will lead PGA's community engagement program on issues related to public involvement processes around diverse issues and topics, ensuring all public engagement processes align with the county's public engagement protocols and policies.

This position acts as the liaison and point-of-contact for county-recognized and supported advisory boards and commissions, community planning organizations, and the hamlets and villages. In addition, the Senior Community Engagement Specialist facilitates two-way dialog between these groups, Clackamas County staff, and the Board of County Commissioners.

As the Senior Community Engagement Specialist, the selected candidate will plan, organize, and facilitate community engagement activities, including:

• Determining scale and scope of engagement,

• Developing and implementing engagement and communication strategies,

• Educating, training, and supporting the public,

• Educating, training, and advising county staff in community engagement principles and best practices,

• Scheduling and facilitating meetings and public events, and

• Documenting, reporting, and evaluating community engagement efforts/initiatives.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. Clackamas County is committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply in that spirit.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• At least four (4) years of experience establishing and maintaining working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, such as underrepresented communities, people with varying access and familiarity with technology, people with lived experience of marginalization, all levels of staff, staff of other agencies, community leaders, business leaders, and others of the general public

• Experience communicating clearly and persuasively, both verbally and in writing

• Experience writing and editing in multiple content genres, such as media releases, talking points, newsletter articles, web, social media, and marketing or collateral materials

• Experience planning, facilitating, and executing in-person and virtual workshops, community meetings, classes, or other forums where the purpose is to share information, gain insight into a community's needs, or develop mutually supportive relationships

• Excellent skills and experience working with the public, including navigating challenging conversations among diverse groups and addressing sensitive or complex community issues

• Ability to establish priorities, organize tasks and projects, work independently and as part of a team to review and evaluate work while moving small and large projects forward

• Ability to prepare concise and comprehensive reports, plans, correspondence, or other documents

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Experience implementing public communication, outreach, and education plans and programs

• Experience conducting outreach on behalf of a government agency or entity

• Experience coordinating and conducting public relations and outreach activities

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

• Acts as lead for the county's community engagement program.

• Provides oversight and management of the CPO/hamlet/villages community groups, including their elections. Acts as the liaison between these groups, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), and county staff.

• Coordinates, advises, and consults with community groups on requirements for establishment and county recognition.

• Coordinates with county counsel on review and approval of documents.

• Supports recognized groups as requested and responds to public questions, comments and records requests.

• Acts as county liaison to the Committee for Community Involvement.

• Manages advisory board and commission recruitments, conducts liaison trainings, and coordinates with the BCC on the appointment process, and conducts advisory board trainings for department liaisons.

• Serves as an advocate in the community to ensure and foster authentic and equitable relationship building and collaboration.

• Designs, coordinates, and manages a countywide youth outreach program.

• Provides general PGA project support including but not limited to: editing; writing; media communication; communication planning; social media; digital communication; web content; and government affairs project support.

• Writes, edits and reviews media releases, talking points, speeches, and outreach collateral in coordination with the county public information officer.


Working Knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration, including public policy decision making processes; principles and techniques of public relations; functions of county organizations and departments; legislative processes; audience market analysis sufficient to identify user needs and interests; media practices and procedures; training concepts; English composition and language; public and extemporaneous speaking; multimedia and print media production and presentation.

Skill to: Anticipate issues of strategic importance and effectively communicate the department's interests with the BCC and PGA; clearly and persuasively speak extemporaneously on sensitive and controversial issues; compose statements, news releases, and position statements; train staff to effectively communicate and respond to public citizen queries and interface with other government agencies; build and maintain an effective department public information and community member relations program; establish and maintain effective working relationships; keep abreast of all department projects, issues, and opportunities.


This position is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents..






The mission of the Department of Public and Government Affairs is to provide public engagement, intergovernmental and legislative relations, consultation and communication services to the public, the Board of County Commissioners and all departments so they can build connections and trust between people and their government.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).





Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

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