Public Information Specialist
Closing Date: Open until filled.
Position works to forward the culture, goals and aspirations of the Commission and its member tribes to the broader public through media and outreach activities. The position will write press releases, news stories, website and social media posts, and other creative writing to share the work, priorities, and aspirations of CRITFC and its member tribes. The potential of performing some job duties via telework, particularly from or near the CRITFC member tribes’ reservations and ceded lands, could be considered.
The position also executes CRITFC’s media strategy, occasionally serves as a CRITFC spokesperson, and is a liaison between CRITFC and national, regional, local, and tribal press. The position works closely with Commissioners, CRITFC staff and tribal staff to ensure that the programs’ outreach needs are met and the Commission’s goals are accomplished.
The position will require regular interaction with the public, representation of CRITFC to groups and audiences, and being called upon to speak extemporaneously on a variety of topics relating to CRITFC and its member tribes’ work. Tribal preference will be followed, with the ideal candidate possessing a broad knowledge of fisheries or natural resource, Columbia Plateau tribal culture, and Native American issues in general.
- Department: Office of Executive Director
- Classification: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt
- Salary/Wage Range: $65,137 to $71,651 DOQ
- Location: Portland, Oregon
Essential Job Functions
- Inform the general public and tribal public of CRITFC’s issues and programs using a variety of communication tools and approaches.
- Responsible for fielding media inquiries, coordinating interviews and media events, and developing strong relationships with the region’s newspapers, television stations, radio stations, and tribal newspapers.
- Stay up to date on technical, tribal, and political issues facing the Commission in order to respond in a timely manner to media inquiries. Research information on topics of immediate interest to internal and external audiences. Meet the needs of reporters for high level technical data.
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of news outlets and key environmental reporters covering salmon-, environmental-, and Native-related issues.
- Coordinate with tribal staff and agencies to promote CRITFC and tribal programs. Work closely with tribal and CRITFC managers to keep abreast of potential newsworthy stories, events, or developments that can be pitched to media outlets.
- Develop and write talking points, press releases, articles, web and social media content, one-pagers, and other materials needed to convey CRITFC’s messages to the public.
- Participate in the Communications Division’s resource pool, which includes:
- Handle inquiries received from the tribes, tribal members, and the general public.
- Conduct or coordinate external outreach activities at schools, festivals, and other public events.
- Curate news items pertinent to the interests of the member tribes into a daily morning newsletter briefing (Morning News e-newsletter).
- Assist with other CRITFC departments’ communications needs which may include graphic design, writing support, photography, event coordination, and presentation design and development.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Public Affairs, or Communications is required and a minimum of five years’ experience in a related Public Relations field.
- Energetic, confident, and polished communicator with exceptional written and oral communication skills, public speaking, and outreach experience.
- The candidate can make decisions independently and multi-task in a team environment.
- Candidate must have a high level of proficiency with word processing and editing written materials.
- Experience with natural resource management, especially Columbia Basin salmon issues.
- Experience working with Indian tribes and tribal governments.
- A valid driver’s license and insurable driving record is required.
In addition, preferred qualifications include:
- Knowledge of Columbia Plateau tribal culture, and Native American issues in general.
- Supervision Received: Supervised by the Communications Director
- Supervision Given: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Position may often require extra hours to meet deadlines and participate in outreach activities, including some evenings and weekends. Some lifting and carrying of displays and outreach material is required. Frequent travel, primarily by automobile, both local and regional, is required. Occasionally this position conducts or participates in tours to field locations, including hydroelectric dams, and may also occasionally ride in a boat.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, telework is currently mandatory for this position. The Executive Director will determine when employees may be able to return to their office workstations depending on community COVID levels and risks. CRITFC will consider a phased approach to return to work and may implement a hybrid office/telework schedule at a future date.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment, and as a condition of that employment.
CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy
The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.
CRITFC requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment, and as a condition of that employment.
Note: In addition to the application materials described below, please submit three writing samples that reflect creative ability, attention to detail, or skill expressing thoughts and ideas in writing. These can include articles, press releases, brochures or flyers, or other writing that are representative of applicant’s abilities. Additionally, since the position also involves social media work, examples of posts that reflect the applicant’s skill and instinct for creating engaging social media content would be appreciated.
Submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.
Submit by mail:
Attn: Human Resources
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97232
Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) and other federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Natives. Veterans will also be given preference.
CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.
*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.