Class Title: Communications Specialist

Class Code: COM SPEC

Hourly: $24.29 - $32.12 | Monthly: $4210.44 - $5568.41 | Annually: $50525.34 - $66821

Benefits: Full-time


This classification is responsible for developing and updating content to inform the public through professionally written communication using a variety of mediums, e.g., social media channels, website, press releases, staff newsletter, Playbook Recreation Guide, etc..


Works under the general supervision of the Communications and Community Relations Manager.  Follows standard processes and procedures without supervision but confirms changes to standard practices and significant decisions in advance.


Supervision is not a responsibility; however, provides direction and guidance to staff and volunteers.


The information provided below encompasses the typical duties and capabilities linked with this classification.  Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Writes and submits stories and updates for communications channels, including website, social media, news media, print and digital publications.
  • Creates, sends, and reports on email marketing communications.
  • Meets with staff to research and develop content.
  • Monitors and responds to posts stories/information for social media formats to broaden public knowledge and engagement with the district.
  • Updates information on the district website.
  • Monitors external reviews and ratings about the district.
  • Performs special projects as assigned.
  • Acts as a Mandatory Reporter; reports incidents of child abuse/neglect.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The individual in this classification is expected to possess and exhibit the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

Some Knowledge of:

  • Website content management system
  • Basic HTML

Strong Knowledge of:

  • Business English and journalistic writing skills, spelling, punctuation, and grammar;
  • Research techniques;
  • Proofreading;
  • Social media platforms and functionality;
  • Photography technique;
  • Office administrative processes, procedures and functions;
  • Relevant district programs, services, and facilities.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing, including by phone, e-mail or in person;
  • Collaborate across departments and maintain timelines and deliverables relying on participation of others;
  • Work independently while also able to work cooperatively with others;
  • Convert involved technical information into practical and understandable communications;
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form;
  • Proficiently operate office equipment including computers and associated software programs;
  • Demonstrate good judgment and initiative; and
  • Establish and maintain effective, cooperative and respectful working relationships with all contacts.


The following are minimum qualifications for this classification.

Education, Experience, and Training:

  1. High school or GED; AND
  2. Two (2) years of professional writing and professional social media experience; OR
  3. Any satisfactory combination of education, experience and training.

Licenses and Certifications:

  1. Possession of, or ability to obtain with 30 days of hire, a valid Oregon driver’s license.


The following are working conditions, including environmental and physical demands, required for this classification. 

  • Work is primarily performed indoors requiring the ability to work and maintain focus in a work environment with moderate noise (i.e., working around others making periodic phone calls or having conversations) and with frequent interruptions.  Work performed outdoors includes exposure to inclement weather including heat, cold, humidity, wind, snow, and rain and standing and walking over uneven terrain such as parks and trails with up/down includes paved and unpaved surfaces.
  • Frequent focus on a computer screen, side-to-side turning of neck, walking, standing, pushing, and pulling.
  • Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Manual dexterity and coordination; daily precise control of fingers and hand movements while operating computer keyboard, telephone and standard office equipment.
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other works accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Requires crouching, bending, kneeling, sitting, reaching, setting-up and tearing-down activities; ability to push, pull, lift or carry up to 30 pounds; and




Benefits: Full-time

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