Program Communication and Education Specialist, Senior (Green Business Coordinator) - Hillsboro


$30.80 - $37.43 Hourly


Hillsboro, OR

Job Type

Full Time


Health and Human Services

Job Number



12/2/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Have you considered continuing your career in the public sector within the Solid Waste & Recycling Division? If so, Come Lead with Us by joining Washington County's Health and Human Services Department as a Program Communication and Education Specialist, Senior (Green Business Coordinator)!

As a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, Solid Waste & Recycling is actively working to achieve the Departments vision of a healthy, equitable and supportive community. The Program Communication and Education Specialist, Senior (Green Business Coordinator) will occupy the lead role in coordinating the Green Business Leaders outreach program and must exemplify the values of cultural responsiveness, collaboration, equity, accountability, transparency and respect.

The incumbent in this role will coordinate and provide public information and education to the business community on behalf of Washington County's Solid Waste Recycling Division. Outreach will focus on materials management programs serving a diverse array of businesses and community members. This includes developing, implementing and reporting on specialized informational programs promoting waste reduction and recycling through technical assistance, presentations and other outreach techniques. The Program Communication and Education Specialist, Senior (Green Business Coordinator) will also oversee the development, procurement and acquisition of materials and supplies for the Green Business Leaders program.

To learn more about us, please use this link: Solid Waste & Recycling
 We offer 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. In addition to being an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce representing the rich diversity in our region.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Duties may include:

  1. Provides information to the business community regarding current activities of the Solid  Waste & Recycling Division. 

  2. Plans, designs, develops and implements specialized informational programs related to materials management, including: 

    • Developing and implementing an overall public information strategy in coordination with department personnel and management. 

    • Identifying needs for public information and developing work plans. 

    • Responding to requests from department personnel for public information projects and develop work plans. 

    • Supervising internal coordination of information for output to media and the public. 

    • Identifying graphic needs; coordinate and/or perform the design, development, and printing of graphics materials.

    • May oversee and direct information releases via social media channels, as assigned. 

  3. Provides direct communications/public information through on and off-site technical assistance, public presentation, outreach and other channels as assigned. Acts as a general information resource, referring inquiries to appropriate department/division personnel; speaks with individuals and groups to promote waste reduction and recycling activities; and may serve as a point of contact for information in case of emergency response by Washington County.

  4. Acts as liaison between the division/department management, community groups, business, and other public sector organizations; explains department/division goals and plans; provides input to the department/division from outside agencies; identifies citizen attitudes and concerns; advises the department/division about communication/public information needs and methods; and makes recommendations about how to address public information needs.  

  5. Manages the development of waste prevention and recycling education and outreach strategies through print and electronic media; maintain print and web-based content for accuracy and relevancy.

  6. Works with department/division management and/or communications coordinator to prepare and distribute news releases and other informational materials to the media; assists with the planning and organization of news conferences and media coverage, as needed.

  7. Arranges and coordinates community involvement functions, meetings, conferences, workshops, and training seminars. Promotes and advertises events through appropriate media channels.

  8. In coordination with management, procures education and outreach materials and related services through requests for proposals/quotes; coordinate purchasing processes with internal and external parties.

  9. In coordination with management, tracks, measures and reports on outreach activities conducted by the Solid Waste & Recycling Division.


Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  •  Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in communication, journalism, public affairs, public relations, education, education in program-related area, or related fields; AND

  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience involving the development and coordination of public information or community outreach programs, including demonstrated experience in communications and media relations.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements:

  • Possession of a Driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record.

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.

Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link: 
Program Communication and Education Specialist, Senior.

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 in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application. 

Background Investigation:
This position requires that you successfully pass a criminal history background investigation, post job offer.

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:
Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: Driver's License & Records Policy


Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Selection Process:
1. An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources. The timeframe to review will be the week of December 3, 2018.

2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after December 10, 2018.

3. Washington County will perform DMV records checks on candidate's that successfully pass the SME Panel review step in the selection process. 
4. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the DMV evaluation step as soon as possible.

Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Veterans' Preference:
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' Preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans Preference Points Instructions (Download PDF reader).

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation. 

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" from email notifications from NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
Tony Jenkins, Talent Acquisition Business Partner

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