Grade: 15                                                                                                   Pay Rate: $70,596.28 to $88,245.35 per year

Hours Per Week: 40                                                                                FLSA Status: Exempt

Job#: 014-18                                                                                

Job Summary:

Facilitates and assists with implementing the Tribal Government’s communications strategy, including coordination of related publications.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates and monitors Tribal communications strategy in coordination with the Tribe’s Chief of Staff.
  • Assists with developing and maintaining effective working relationships with local, state and national news media to provide information about the Tribe and its activities.
  • Assists the Executive Office in drafting press releases, advisories, quotes, op-eds, talking points, and other press related documents often with short deadlines.
  • Drafts social media content to accompany graphics on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Updates Facebook and Twitter pages ongoing.
  • Updates the Tribe’s reader board with pertinent tribal event information.
  • Assists with preparing briefings for interviews.
  • Assists with conducting research.
  • Assists the Executive Office with community outreach.
  • Maintains and compiles press lists.
  • Utilizes social media, bulletins, e-mail, newspapers and newsletters to ensure effective communication.
  • Monitors social media, public opinion and issues impacting the Tribe.
  • Coordinates strategy and message development for individual public relations situations as they develop and assists with implementation of Tribal responses.
  • Assists Executive Office in determining appropriate Tribal spokesperson for media inquiries from various forms of broadcast and print media.
  • Assists in managing media relations, announcements, editorial placement and speaking opportunities.
  • Tracks and maintains an archive of press clips and other media forms as they relate to the Tribe.
  • Assists with monitoring budget expenditures.
  • Handles sensitive and complex issues in a confidential manner.
  • Assists with monitoring state and local legislative affairs of interest to the Tribe, when necessary.
  • Provides regular oral and written reports to the Executive Office, Tribal Administration, General Membership and Tribal Council.
  • Attends a variety of meetings and functions as assigned.
  • Performs a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education, Experience, and Licenses:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public policy, political science or closely related field of study, and three (3) years of directly related work experience coordinating and implementing an organization’s communication strategy; or an Associate’s Degree in related field of study and (7) years of directly related work experience coordinating and implementing an organization’s communication strategy. Work experience with a Tribal, State and/or Federal Governmental body strongly preferred.  
  • OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Must maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance.

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications:

  • Must have experience managing social media outlets.
  • Must possess excellent time management and attention to detail.
  • Must possess excellent oral communication skills, positive negotiating, influencing and persuasion skills and ability to make effective presentations.
  • Must possess considerable knowledge of Tribal history, laws, rights and interests.
  • Must possess excellent written skills to produce quality correspondence and technical reports.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture required.

 Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Continually requires the ability to express or receive detailed information or important instructions through oral communication.
  • Continually requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Requires repetitive movement of wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.
  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time, raising objects from a lower to a higher position and/or moving objects horizontally.
  • Occasionally requires lifting of up to 40 pounds.
  • Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.
  • This position is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.
  • May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during emergencies, or when the Tribal Emergency Operations Center is opened.
  • Local travel is occasionally required. Travel outside of the state is infrequently required.

Background Check:

  • Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and may be subject to fingerprinting.