Oregon Housing and Community Services
Salem or Portland, OR
Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS) is searching for a resourceful and agile professional to fill our Director of Public Affairs position. The person in this position will model equitable and inclusive leadership to advance communications, stakeholder engagement and intergovernmental affairs for a growing and highly respected agency.
*This recruitment will be open until it is filled. It will also be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. *
WHAT YOU WILL DO
The Director of Public Affairs position is key to creating and articulating the vision of the Department and helping to lead the statewide conversation on solutions to end homelessness and provide housing stability for Oregon’s diverse communities. In service of this goal, Public Affairs Director oversees a dedicated and talented staff of professionals in the Department’s Public Affairs Division. A member of the Executive Team, this position leads the Department’s efforts to engage with media, stakeholders, elected officials and Oregon’s diverse communities. The Public Affairs Division coordinates the development the agency strategic plan and the Oregon disaster housing strategy; builds and fosters collaborative working relationships with community partners, Governor, legislators, state agencies, federal Congressional delegation and national partners, and other key stakeholders and staff; coordinates the regulatory process through Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs); provides oversight and management to the internal and external communication plan; and represents the agency in various public venues. This executive will actively work to advance OHCS’ values and goals for Equity and Racial justice.
Essential Job Functions > Every function is performed with an Equity lens
Communications (Internal & External)
For a copy of the complete position description, submit your request to HCS_HR.Solutions@oregon.gov
WHO WE ARE
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is Oregon’s housing finance agency. We work across the housing continuum, from preventing and addressing homelessness to building the dream of homeownership, to providing financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of lower and moderate income. Our vision is that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and to live free from poverty.
Across Oregon, housing has emerged as a paramount concern. The lack of available housing, high rents and home prices are driving rapid increases in gentrification, housing instability and homelessness. The data is clear: too many Oregonians are without a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. The crises emerging in 2020 have exacerbated these needs – from the impact of the COVID pandemic, to the recovery from Oregon wildfires and the growing awareness of historic and current racial inequities – OHCS’ programs and services are needed now more than ever.
The Statewide Housing Plan is a bold new agenda that articulates how Oregon Housing and Community Services will pave the way for more Oregonians to have access to stable housing opportunities necessary for self-sufficiency and to address past policies and programs that have created – and perpetuate - racial inequities in housing. It lays the foundation for OHCS to be a data- and research-driven organization and proposes a new way of collaborating and focusing resources and energy to address the most pressing housing issues facing Oregon today. Our plan lays out ambitious goals to increase access to housing, including goals and strategies to prevent and address homelessness.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The OHCS Director of Public Affairs has the opportunity to lead a growing, nationally respected and highly in-demand state agency to make a positive impact on Oregonians as our state rebuilds from multiple crises: the COVID-19 pandemic; the tragedy of racism and violence impacting our communities; and the impact of the 2020 Oregon wildfires.
The next Director of Public Affairs will build trusted and collaborative relationships with an array of partners. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a track record of success collaborating with a diverse array of staff, stakeholders, elected officials and community members to achieve common goals.
As an executive manager, the next Director of Public Affairs will demonstrate experienced leadership effectively coordinating the work of a team of staff and/or volunteers in a community-based organization, advocacy campaign, governmental affairs position, public relations, elected office, or government agency, and leading people with an emphasis on professional development, teamwork and accountability.
The Public Affairs Director will be an outstanding communicator, with a talent for written and verbal communication. The ideal candidate will be experienced and comfortable addressing a fast-paced workload related to communications, public relations, media inquiries, and policy opportunities coming to the agency from the executive or legislative branch.
As a member of the OHCS Executive Team, the Public Affairs Director will model leadership to advance OHCS’ efforts to embed Equity and Racial Justice in program and policy opportunities and will work to build an inclusive culture within the agency.
This executive will have a keen ability to proactively identify opportunities and challenges for the Department and to elevate these to the agency Executive Director and other agency leaders.
The ideal candidate will bring expertise and experience from the housing and community services arena or will bring expertise and experience from another sector to this role, that can help OHCS expand its relationships and impact.
Ability to work with the agency director to lead communications and public relations efforts to advance the goals of OHCS and the Statewide Housing Plan.
Ability and experience leading conversations among stakeholders, with elected leaders, and amongst staff at all levels of an organization. Must demonstrate experience engaging with elected or public officials to discuss policy options and develop opportunities.
Must possess extensive skills in managing high level professionals responsible for a broad scope of work which includes extensive communication, public relations and building partnerships.
Must possess experience supporting the development of policies and programs with an equity and racial justice, and diversity and inclusion framework
Ability to communicate and work with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds through demonstrated awareness of and respect for cultural values and norms of various communities.
Must demonstrate a track record of teamwork and cultivating and promoting a team-oriented environment.
Must have the experience and ability to build trusted relationships with stakeholders, staff, leadership, boards/commissions, and external partners.
Strong understanding of management principles and practices.
Strong project management skills.
Must possess skill in communicating effectively in writing and in oral expression, including skills in public speaking and written materials.
Strong commitment to professional and ethical standards, with an ability to think and act strategically, maintain confidentiality, use diplomacy and discretion, offer sound judgement, and share and receive feedback in a constructive manner
Must be able to be flexible with quickly changing priorities in a stressful environment. Must be able to take quick action, while understanding the details and impacts of decisions.
We recognize that your time is valuable. We will be looking for the following Minimum Qualifications in addition to the skills listed above:
Four (4) years of management or comparable leadership experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation. OR Three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. In the "Work History" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.
Note: Preference will be given to applicants with significant experience running high-level organizational efforts establishing multi-agency coalitions and coordinating volunteers or staff on a high-profile initiative or advocacy effort.
WHY JOIN US
OHCS values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We stand by our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants of a protected class, including disability status and veteran status. We encourage Individuals of diverse backgrounds, who promote diversity, and inclusion join our agency.
Our Vision is that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty.
Our Mission is to provide stable and affordable housing and engage leaders to develop integrated statewide policy that addresses poverty and provides opportunity for Oregonians.
Our Core Values : Collaboration – Compassion – Equity – Integrity – Leadership – Transparency.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
Join our innovative and strategic group of professionals and enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package!
Salary Range: $6,751 - $10,442
Generous benefits package including, employer-paid health insurance, vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays, three paid personal days, flexible spending accounts, and an employer contribution retirement plan ( PERS ).
A positive environment that offers opportunities for career growth and cross-training.
An agency culture that supports and encourages work/life balance and overall wellness.