Job Posting: Public Information Specialist

Job Posting: Public Information Specialist

City of Beaverton, Oregon

Public Information Specialist

SALARY:  $19.20 – $25.72 Hourly

CLOSING DATE:  11/10/17 04:30 PM


The City of Beaverton is searching for an organized, detail-oriented communications support staff to serve as a Public Information Specialist in the Mayor’s Office. The ideal candidate will have exceptional skill in writing, editing, public relations and administrative support.

The Position. The Public Information Specialist will support the city’s public information needs. Work requires curiosity, critical thinking, tact, communication skills and knowledge of crafting media notices that promote Beaverton as a friendly, welcoming, and active city. This role requires an ability to interpret the meaning of information for others. The classification title for this position is Support Specialist 2.

The Ideal Candidate. The ideal candidate will have experience supporting media relations needs and coordinating multiple projects. They will be flexible in a dynamic environment and dedicated to delivering good customer service. We need someone who can write, edit and simplify language with an understanding of what matters to the public. The successful candidate will need to learn new systems and effectively organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing priorities and demonstrate attention to detail, thoroughness of work, and ability to follow through on complex tasks. Government experience is helpful, but not necessary.

The Team. Public Information manages the city’s brand and coordinates marketing efforts that provide timely, relevant, and meaningful information to Beaverton residents and visitors. Part of the Public Involvement and Communications Division, our goal is to increase public awareness, facilitate an authentic, transparent and flexible public involvement process that integrates residents’ concerns and needs into the city’s decision-making process and results in greater credibility, and trust between the city and those whom it exits to serve.


Job Responsibilities. This position is a support specialist within the Mayor’s Office Public Involvement and Communications Division. The Public Information Specialist reports to the city’s Marketing Manager. Key responsibility areas include:

  • Support communications and media relations activities such as drafting press releases, creating talking points, preparing tracking reports, maintaining calendars, proofreading, editing, etc.
  • Support city’s branding by understanding and applying guidelines stated in the city’s Identity Standards & Style Manual.
  • Play a primary role in supporting the Public Involvement and Communications Manager in various administrative tasks.
  • Process the accounting of the Public Information program including submitting purchase orders and payments for vendors, preparing contracts, ordering supplies, and monitoring and tracking expenses.
  • Research, compile, coordinate, prepare and distribute materials.
  • Provide clerical assistance to individual or work groups including coordination of meeting and travel arrangements, maintenance of schedules and calendars.
  • Support and respect diversity in the workplace.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
    3 years of administrative experience OR
    2-year degree and 2 years administrative experience OR
    4-year degree and 1 year of administrative experience.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook) and the internet.
    Working knowledge of basic bookkeeping/accounting.
    Advance knowledge of English grammar, spelling and usage.
    Ability and willingness to work some evening and weekend hours.
    Valid driver’s license and ability to meet the city’s driving standards.
    Ability to pass reference and background check.
    Preferred Qualifications
    Strong experience with administrative duties and multitasking.
    Journalism or public relations experience.
    Experience with AP style.
    Experience working in community-based organizations or non-profits.


Salary Range: $19.19 – $25.72 per hour

Starting salary will be determined depending on relevant work experience. The city pays the full retirement contribution to PERS; provides employees with an opportunity to participate in a deferred compensation retirement plan; tuition reimbursement program available; public service loan forgiveness program; and offers excellent health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage. In addition to hourly wage, 4% bilingual pay may be available.

About Beaverton

Beaverton prides itself on being The Best of Oregon. The city is growing and thriving but still has a small town heart and strong sense of community. Beaverton is the sixth largest city in Oregon and was recently named one of the 50 best places to live in America by Money magazine. It is a diverse community of approximately 95,000 people where one-in-three residents are a person of color and 99 different languages are spoken in our schools.

The City of Beaverton is known as an organization that values public service. Our nationally recognized community vision is our beacon. Residents continually give the city high marks, with 71 percent saying things are headed in the right direction. The city’s economic base is strong. The city has consistently been ranked as one of the safest in the Pacific Northwest. Beaverton is known for its quality neighborhoods, parks and schools. There are a full range of housing choices, with new exciting urban housing developments underway in our downtown.

Veteran’s Preference

Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension. The documentation must indicate honorable discharge from service. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their veteran’s disability preference letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

Accessibility Information

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