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Bilingual Program Communication and Education Specialist, Washington County Oregon

SALARY: $29.64 - $36.02 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 05/02/21 11:59 PM

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 JOB # 2021-090

The Bilingual Program Communication and Education Specialist will provide information and education to the community on behalf of Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Division. The outreach will focus on materials management programs serving a diverse array of businesses and community members. This includes developing and implementing specialized informational programs promoting waste reduction and recycling through technical assistance, presentations, community partnerships and other outreach techniques. This position will also support the implementation of Washington County’s required waste recovery ordinances.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are core values of Washington County Health and Human Services. Employees are expected to honor the life experiences of all individuals with whom they come into contact and recognize the impact of past injustices, microaggressions and trauma. The Bilingual Program Communication and Education Specialist is expected to value alternative perspectives, embrace differences and approach each individual and situation with a willingness to learn and grow while actively challenging discrimination throughout their entire scope of work.

The ideal candidate will have experience in providing information, education, resources and/or assistance to Latinx communities. They will also be an effective oral communicator with experience in giving presentations, sharing information through videos, webinars, community meetings, and/or tabling at events. The individual will be an effective writer with experience working on external communication such as newsletters and social media and internal communication like program plans. Additionally, they will have knowledge of equity practices and principles, including the ability to identify and understand the unique needs of historically marginalized communities. They will have the ability to work in a team situation with individuals of varying backgrounds, ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals, whether members of the public, co-workers, or business groups, from diverse groups and backgrounds. Waste reduction and recycling expertise is not required for this position, and training will be provided to the successful candidate.

Bilingual Positions:
Designated bilingual positions require that the incumbent have knowledge of the Spanish language, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Skill in writing Spanish accurately; ability to speak Spanish fluently; and ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. If you possess these skills, you are encouraged to apply. An additional $55/per pay period for bilingual skills will be paid to qualified employees. Pay periods are every two weeks.   

To learn more about us, please use these link: Solid Waste & Recycling

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration, and work-life harmony.  We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements: 

  • Possession of a Driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.
  • Bilingual positions will require the ability to speak, read, write, and translate Spanish into English and English into Spanish.

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.