Washington Co. Seasonal Prog. Bilingual Education Specialist (close 4/29)

Seasonal Program Communication and Education Specialist (Bilingual Spanish) 

Salary $27.15 - $33.00 Hourly

Location Hillsboro, OR

Job Type Seasonal - 6 Month Maximum Duration

Department Health & Human Services

Job Number 2018-77

Closing 4/29/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Do you have an affinity for multi-tasking in a dynamic environment and a drive to inform people of recycling programs? Would you join us in our mission to reduce waste in Washington County? If so, Come Lead with Us by joining the County's Solid Waste & Recycling Division within the Health and Human Services Department as a Seasonal Program Communication and Education Specialist.
The Seasonal Program Communication and Education Specialist provides education and information on Washington County's recycling programs; provides targeted waste reduction outreach and assistance to residents of the county regarding food waste prevention and other outreach topics and develops and implements specialized informational programs through presentations and public place event coordination.
This position is the primary community level resource for the ¡Acepte el Reto! Coma Mejor, Ahorrando Más / Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge food waste prevention campaign and may lead the work of volunteers. Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills are necessary. The regular schedule is 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. However, the Seasonal Program Communication and Education Specialist will also be required to work a flexible schedule during non-regular business hours, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate public event schedules and community group meetings.
Please note: this is a temporary, full time position, expected to start in early June 2018 and continue for a term of four months.


Washington County offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



1. Plans, develops, and implements specialized informational programs related to the County's Solid Waste & Recycling Program and in particular the ¡Acepte el Reto! Coma Mejor, Ahorrando Más / Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge food waste prevention campaign. 

2. Provides direct public information; acts as general information resource, referring inquiries to appropriate department personnel; speaks with individuals and groups to promote waste reduction and recycling activities in the community. 

3. Acts as liaison between department management, the community, and public sector organizations; promotes waste prevention, reuse, and recycling through direct community outreach, phone, or email communication. 

4. Distributes pamphlets, brochures, and literature related to waste reduction and recycling programs. 

5. Explores and implements methods to encourage community members to adopt practices that result in the prevention of food spoilage and waste. 

6. Recruits community members to participate in the County's ¡Acepte el Reto! Coma Mejor, Ahorrando Más / Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge food waste prevention campaign and manages list of participants in said program. 

7. Tracks and monitors program statistics; recommends changes for improvements in program services to management; analyzes community needs and program resources to enhance program performance. 

8. May assist staff with projects in other program areas. 

9. Performs related duties as assigned. 


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

  • Possession of or completion of college-level training equivalent to an Associate's Degree in communication, journalism, public relations, education, education in program related area, or related fields; AND
  • One (1) year of work experience in the development, coordination and delivery of a public information and communication or community outreach program;

*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. 

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements

  • Some positions in this classification may require fluency in another language, which includes both written and oral proficiency.
  • Some positions in this classification may be required to possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.
  • Some positions in this classification may be required to pass a criminal background check.

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

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 April 30, 2018.
2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an in-depth evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after May 7, 2018.
3. Washington County will perform DMV records checks on candidates that successfully pass the SME Review 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: Click here. (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 at 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: hr@co.washington.or.us 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.