Community Affairs Coordinator

Oregon Department of Transportation   Bend, OR   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on February 7, 2024
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Public Affairs Specialist 1 – Community Affairs Coordinator
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 4
Project Delivery Section


The role:

Apply today to be a community affairs coordinator! In this role, you will meet and communicate with community partners to share information, listen to concerns, build relationships and act as a contact through the project delivery process. You will also lead public outreach campaigns to area businesses, residents, other community members, elected officials and emergency services personnel for projects.

Partial hybrid remote work is available! The remote work schedule will be determined by the hiring manager and the successful candidate upon hire, with the anticipation the successful candidate will work in the office approximately 3 days a week.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions. We hope you’ll join us on our path to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through our values, commitments, strategies and actions.

A day in the life:

  • Work with project teams, construction staff and local agencies to ensure public involvement goals are met.
  • Participate on project teams and work with planning staff, project leaders and managers to develop public involvement and communication plans.
  • Visit project sites and determine the communities that may be impacted during construction.
  • Plan and attend public meetings.
  • Keep detailed documentation of project involvement including summary reports, media coverage and communication plans.
  • Serve as a representative in discussions with local governments, special interest groups, emergency personnel, property owners, residents and businesses.
  • Update websites, public information papers, communication plans, press releases and other communication focused documents.
  • Work is performed in an office environment with frequent travel throughout central Oregon (The Dalles to Klamath Falls) and requires a flexible work schedule.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.
  • Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.
  • Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity!

Minimum qualifications:

Three years technical or higher-level experience directly related to the position under recruitment.


A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, public relations, marketing, journalism, or the behavioral or social sciences or related degree.

Special qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It's how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

  • Experience taking accountability for what you say you’ll do and a commitment to public service values including honesty and loyalty.
  • Experience taking initiative without being directed to do so.
  • Experience building relationships on a team through meaningful interactions and encouraging others.
  • Experience prioritizing and following through to fully complete tasks.
  • Experience generating or recognizing creative ideas, alternatives or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems and communicating with others.

Learn more and apply:

This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

Questions? Call 503-910-6372 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer