Job: Communications Manager – Transportation (City of Portland)

Job Title: Communications Manager – Transportation
Company/Organization: City of Portland

Job Description:
The Portland Office of Transportation is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Transportation Communications Manager. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city by planning, building, managing, and maintaining an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility

The Transportation Communications Manager is a direct report to the Transportation Director and acts as principal spokesperson for the bureau. This position is responsible for managing and integrating public information and public involvement and education programs and initiatives to inform and educate citizens on new or changing programs related to transportation. The Communications Manager manages two Public Information Officers and is expected to exercise discrection and awareness of intergovernmental and community issues and sensitivities when carrying out responsiblities. Work includes organizing media events; presenting information at public events and community meetings; developing bureau-wide media relations policies and practices; developing comprehensive communications strategies and programs and managing internal and external communications; responding to public information requests and developing partnerships with other public and private organizations to develop educational opportunities for diverse audiences, engaging them to be part of the decision-making processes.

SALARY: $5,819.00 – $7,819.00 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 07/25/11

CLOSING DATE: 08/12/11 04:30 PM

How to Apply:
Apply online at:

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following qualifications:

– Knowledge of industry trends and media practices as they apply to developing and carrying out public information, public relations and community outreach programs.
– Knowledge of methods and techniques for creating effective media and public relations materials.
– Ability and experience analyzing and making sound recommendations on complex community and intergovernmental relations, media relations, community outreach and public affairs issues and strategies.
– Ability and experience in developing concepts and designing specific methods and techniques to improve communications and the distribution of information of general interest to bureau stakeholders.
– Ability and experience representing an organization effectively in public settings and with media representatives on a variety of issues.
– Ability and experience exercising tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with highly sensitive, complex, confidential and sometimes controversial issues and situations.
– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of City management, elected officials, representatives of other governmental agencies, business and communityleaders, employees, media representatives, the public and others encountered in the course of work.


An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. The most qualified candidates passing the resume and cover letter evaluation will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. Candidates invited to participate in the hiring process should be prepared to submit writing samples of work that relate to a Communications Manager position. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection. Some positions may require those placed on the eligible list to complete and sign a criminal conviction statement before being considered for employment.


Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the Resume and Cover Letter instructions.

All completed applications for this position must be in the possession of the Portland Bureau of Human Resources no later than 4:30 pm, on Friday, August 12, 2011. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Note: If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, submit a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran’s Administration Letter Stating your disability. If you are applying online, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran’s Administration Letter Stating your disability to your profile. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be received by 4:30 PM of the closing date of this recruitment.

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