Posted: Mar 20, 2024

Public Affairs Specialist 1 - Health Outcomes of Racism

Oregon Health Authority - Salem, OR
Salary: $4,536.00 - $6,952.00 Monthly
Application Deadline: Mar 25, 2024
Health Services

Oregon Health Authority has a unique Limited Duration opportunity for a Public Affairs Specialist 1 to join a team working to improve health outcomes of Oregonians impacted by racism through the development of a novel mobile health unit pilot program.

Do you have experience co-designing and implementing communications and outreach plans that facilitate community engagement and shape program and policy development? Are you passionate about inviting and synthesizing multiple and diverse perspectives to convey the approach, experience and outcomes of efforts aimed at promoting health equity and reducing health disparities? We look forward to hearing from you!

This posting will be used to fill one (1) 24-month Limited Duration, full-time position. The position is classified and is represented by a union. 

Work Location: Salem/Marion or Portland/Multnomah; hybrid position

What you will do!

Coordination, communications, and outreach work across the Community Engagement Team and Medicaid, including building communications and community engagement plans.

Assisting with improving health outcomes of Oregonians impacted by racism; helping convene an advisory committee and facilitate the committee’s work. The committee will guide the development of a pilot program to operate culturally and linguistically specific to mobile health units.

Planning and organizing ongoing meetings, locate and arrange for speakers, coordinate and arrange for reprographic needs, like publishing of conference promotional materials, and individual needs of speakers or participants. Issuing grants and administering contracts with grant recipients. Participating in the creation of the feasibility of expanding mobile health units throughout the state and writing interim and final reports to the legislative assembly.

OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership and has a strategic goal to end all health inequities by 2030.

What's in it for you?

  • medical, vision and dental benefits packages
  • Paid Leave Days: 11 paid holidays/year, 3 paid "Personal Business Days"/year, 8 hours paid sick leave/monthly, progressive vacation leave accrual
  • Pension and retirement programs
  • Optional benefits: short/long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts (health care and childcare).


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.

Desired Attributes

  • Preference may be given for the ability to read, write, speak and interpret English and one of the 5 most common languages in Oregon other than English (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, and Korean) with full proficiency in a culturally humble manner.
  • Evidence of ongoing development of personal cultural awareness and humility, and knowledge of social determinants of health and their impacts on health outcomes.
  • Experience supporting/facilitating the development and implementation of policies and programs at the community, state, and/or national level that promote equity and inclusion and address systemic health disparities, with an emphasis on integrating the voice of consumers with lived experience.
  • Experience in collaborating with diverse populations most harmed by social injustice and inequities; demonstrated ability to build and steward positive relationships with diverse community groups including communities of color, immigrant groups, the disability and neurodivergent communities, veterans, older adults, individuals identifying as LGBTQIA2S+ and other communities that have been traditionally marginalized.
  • Knowledge of health services delivery systems, particularly the Oregon Health Plan/ Medicaid Administration in Oregon.
  • Strong communication skills across a variety of forms that demonstrate the ability to facilitate appreciative inquiry, foster trust and transparency, and promote human-centered change management.
  • Experience developing communication plans, communication materials including social media content, guidance documents and resources, especially as it relates to program and policy development.
  • Experience applying principles and methods of web site information architecture and design layout.
  • Experience communicating qualitative and quantitative information, verbal and written, that are accessible to and understood by audiences with different levels of comprehension or interest and that are culturally responsive, inclusive, and appropriate.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook skillset; and skilled use of collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Smartsheet.
  • Demonstrates skills in the following areas:
    • Community and Partner Engagement
    • Data Synthesis, Analysis and Reporting
    • Project Planning and Prioritization
    • Team Collaboration & Group Facilitation
    • Written and oral communication, including preparation of reports and presentations


How to apply:

Complete the online application at using job number REQ-151656

Deadline: 3/25/24