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Communications Director
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Communications Director
Communications Director



Communications Director


$65,952.00 - $97,152.00 Annually


Multiple Locations (as stated in job posting), OR

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6/8/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Oregon State Treasury is recruiting for the position of Communications Director for the Oregon Savings Network. This position can be located in either our Tigard, Oregon or Salem, Oregon location. This position will report to the Network Executive Director.

OST is led by the State Treasurer, a constitutional officer and statewide elected official. The Treasurer serves as the chief financial officer for the state and is responsible for the prudent financial management of state money. The Treasurer serves a four-year term, and, if re-elected, may hold the position for two terms. The current State Treasurer is Tobias Read, who was sworn into office in January 2017.

OST is an organization with a wide range of financial responsibilities, including (1) managing the state's pension fund, (2) issuing all state debt of approximately 10 billion, (3) serving as the central bank for state agencies processing more than $250 billion in transactions annually, and 4) a defined contribution program that allows members of the public to invest in 529 savings funds for higher education or disability-related costs and in IRAs for retirement.

OST manages the daily investment of nearly $100 billion in assets, held in a diversified investment portfolio of domestic and international equities, fixed income securities, alternative and opportunistic investments, real estate and cash. Additionally, Treasury also maintains supporting functions including internal auditing, investment operations, legal, compliance, corporate governance and cybersecurity. The 140+ member OST staff takes great pride in their statewide and national reputation for progressive approaches to service delivery.

What is the Oregon Savings Network?

The Oregon 529 Savings Network was created to increase the ability of Oregonians to save for future higher education expenses and for ongoing expenses for individuals with disabilities. It is a unique investment tool that provides state and federal tax advantages and more flexibility than many other savings vehicles.

Oregon currently offers two 529 College Savings Plans: the Oregon College Savings Plan, which is the state's flagship plan sold directly to investors, and the MFS 529 Savings Plan, which is sold exclusively through financial advisors. Both plans operate independently of each other, but are governed by the same state and federal laws. Each Oregon plan is comprised of a specific set of mutual funds, and each has its own unique features that offer participants a variety of investment choices and contribution options.

Oregon began offering the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan on Dec. 6, 2016. ABLE plans provide tax-advantage savings accounts for individuals and their families to save for qualified disability expenses without losing their federal and state benefits. All of the Oregon plans are administered by the Office of the State Treasurer, are overseen by the Oregon 529 Savings Board, and are qualified under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The OregonSaves program began with a pilot in July 2017, and is a simple and convenient way for workers to save for retirement. Enrollment is automatic; employees don't need to do anything. Contributions are through payroll deductions, and employees' Roth IRAs stay with them throughout their careers. Facilitating OregonSaves is also simple for businesses; it's just like deducting payroll taxes.

Together, the Oregon Savings Network is leading the way for Oregonians to achieve long-term financial security. You'll be part of a team that's mission includes empowering all Oregonians to save today for tomorrow and ensuring Oregonians have easy access to professionally managed retirement savings.

Our goal is to execute statewide outreach and engagement to help Oregonians make the most of their savings opportunities and build long-term financial stability.

Duties & Responsibilities

What you'll be doing...

As the Communications Director, you will be assigned the responsibility of providing strategic communications advice and managing and directing all aspects of the Oregon Savings Network's statewide and national communications including:

+ Developing communication content.

+ Serving as the Network's spokesperson with stakeholders and the media.

+ Coordinating with marketing consultants with regard to outbound content, messaging and strategy.

+ Managing and developing content for all social media.

+ Developing content for Networks websites.

+ Additionally, you will have the opportunity to be involved in supporting a variety of Treasury's strategic objectives.

What we are looking for...

A collaborative, creative, energetic team member who can help us spread our message and lay a firm foundation for long term options of the Oregon Savings Network. Additionally, we are seeking...

+ An enthusiastic and proactive communications professional.

+ Extensive social media management experience, including technical proficiency on major platforms.

+ Self-motivated and self-directed individual who is able to work without supervision.

+ Bilingual in Spanish, preferred.

+ Strong writing and editing skills.

+ Ability to work well in a team environment.

+ Ability to travel statewide.

+ Experience working with diverse constituencies.

+ Ability to implement comprehensive strategic plans.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

What we want...

A Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Behavioral or Social Sciences or related degree, and five years professional level experience in communications, public relations or public affairs

Additional Information

If you are interested in joining a team that is leading the way for Oregonians to save for the future, you are encouraged to apply for this opportunity!

Attach a professional resume and a cover letter (no more than one page) highlighting your knowledge, skills and abilities relative to this position.

Treasury offers an attractive benefit package that provides contributions toward Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB) sponsored individual and family health and dental insurance and term life insurance. Other benefits include participation in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), paid holidays and paid vacation, and both sick and personal leave time. Optional benefits include long- and short-term disability and participation in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan (a deferred compensation plan).

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program.

This recruitment will be used to fill one current vacancy. This position is a management service position.

Prospective employees are subject to an extensive background check that may include, but not be limited to, validation of all application materials, prior employment and personal references, credit history, driving records, and fingerprint-based state and federal criminal and civil records. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Your application materials will be reviewed to determine that you have the education and/or experience required for this position. Notice of results will be sent by e-mail. The timeframe for the notice of results may vary depending on the volume of applications received for this recruitment.

Note: Treasury does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Treasury is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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