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Network Communications Specialist
Applications will be accepted until filled and reviewed on a rolling basis.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
Please include links to your work or a portfolio in your cover letter.
This role is currently remote through March and then likely hybrid (location within Oregon).
The pay range is $56,868-$64,179.
Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required as a condition of employment. Employees are to provide documentation of COVID 19 full vaccinated status prior to employment date.
Who We Are
Oregon Food Bank’s (OFB) mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We believe that no one should be hungry — that food and health are basic human rights for all. And we know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.
Oregon Food Bank believes strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at oregonfoodbank.org/equity.
Who You Are
You are an experienced marketing and communications professional who cares deeply about people in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. You bring the spirit of curiosity and problem solving to your work, and are excited to innovate. You are committed to apply equity as both a process and an outcome, with an interest in disrupting systems that drive hunger — including racism, sexism and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve a future where communities never know hunger.
The Network Communications Specialist plays a key role in storytelling and engagement efforts across Oregon Food Bank’s network of partners and allied organizations — with a primary focus on OFB branch locations in The Dalles, Ontario and Tillamook. In collaboration with the Public Relations Manager, OFB branch managers, partner organizations and vendors, you will develop local stories and messaging that highlight the root causes of hunger, amplify community voices and grow grassroots power.
This role brings both long-standing best practices and new innovations to life in supporting several aspects of the organization’s outreach efforts in branch communities — including traditional media relations, newsletters, and social and digital media engagement. You will maintain an audience-centered approach that ensures members of the broader Oregon Food Bank community can easily access local resources, information and opportunities for action to end hunger at its roots.
- Serve as the primary communications liaison for Oregon Food Bank’s branch locations, including those in The Dalles, Tillamook and Ontario
- Work with Public Relations Manager and branch staff to assess regional storytelling opportunities, conceptualize strategies and support implementation
- Develop content for a wide variety of mediums — including press releases, op eds, digital and social platforms, newsletters and talking points
- Deepen earned and paid media partnerships with local print, online, radio and television outlets
- Collaborate with Marketing & Brand Manager and graphic designers to produce compelling visuals that engage communities and drive action
- Work with cross-department project managers to keep key initiatives on schedule, updating stakeholders on progress
- Ensure communications reflect Oregon Food Bank’s vision, brand guidelines and equitable storytelling approach
Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate
- Three or more (3+) years in marketing or communications roles supporting non-profits, creative agencies, government entities, community-based organizations, advocacy initiatives or political campaigns
- Note: additional education or training may be substituted for work experience
- Strong copywriting, editing and proofreading skills across print and digital mediums
- Skill in translating complex concepts and data into communications that resonate with broad, non-expert audiences
- Proven track record of collaborative work to identify and develop storytelling opportunities
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with community members of diverse backgrounds — and convey stories in an authentic voice
- Clear dedication to racial justice, inclusion and equity — and capacity to effectively apply these frameworks in rural or small town communities
- Demonstrated success managing social media channels — including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Excellent project management and problem-solving skills
- Ability to take initiative in a quick-moving, ever-evolving environment
Organizational level skills and experience for exempt employees include:
- Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem solve, test, fail and adjust.
- Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
- Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; meet deadlines, ability to handle interruptions, and produce timely, accurate work.
- Self-directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about results and end goals. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; provides role clarity, shows willingness to support others to build momentum and share success, comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
Though not required, exceptional candidates may have any of the following skills:
- Experience with content management systems (such as Craft or WordPress) and/or integrated digital engagement platforms (EveryAction, NationBuilder, etc.)
- Written and/or oral proficiency in any of the following languages: Arabic, Chuukese, Simplified or Traditional Chinese, French, Nepali, Russian, Samoan, S’Gaw Karen, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Professional or lived experience in communities directly impacted by systemic inequities
- Understanding of and interest in the intersection of social service delivery and economic justice
- Awareness of current events and news in anti-hunger efforts, federal food assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, etc.) or general social service delivery
- Familiarity with the political and policy landscape in the Pacific Northwest
Work will primarily be performed in a remote/home setting through at least March 2022 while sitting at a computer screen for extended periods.
This position does not require a criminal background check.
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Job posted: 2022-02-28