Communications Assistant

Full time; apply by August 20

We are looking for a communications assistant to help us in our work of bringing people together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—in person, online, and on the page. The communications assistant will work on following: print and digital content, including Oregon Humanities magazine, enewsletter, and website; collateral production; media and public outreach; social media; events; and special projects and administrative work as needed.

Each year, Oregon Humanities offers hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state, train and support dozens of discussion leaders, and award tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide communications support to all Oregon Humanities programs
  • Create website content in various mediums (writing, film, audio, photo)
  • Assist with copyediting, proofreading, and art acquisition for Oregon Humanities magazine and other print and online materials
  • Write copy for publications and website
  • Assist with social media
  • Develop and implement special projects as needed
  • Provide administrative and research support (i.e., fact-checking, data entry, mailings)
  • Assist with events, administrative work, and organizational projects as needed

Oregon Humanities’ downtown Portland office is a sunny, open-floor-plan environment. The office is generally open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with many staff working flexible schedules that best accommodate their professional and personal needs. The communications assistant may work occasional weekends and/or evenings.

The communications assistant will use standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets, and may perform some event setup and cleanup. This person is frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Oregon Humanities is committed to bringing Oregonians together across differences, beliefs, Oregon Humanities values equity, justice, empathy, and respect as key attributes of vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

This is a full-time position. If you are interested in applying, by 11:59 p.m., August 20, 2018, send to the following: a résumé and a cover letter explaining why you're interested in working with Oregon Humanities and how your experience and skills will help us work toward our vision of just communities. Please submit the required items combined as a single document.

No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

The Details

Reports to: Associate Director/Editor

Work Hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: $35,000 to $39,000

Fringe Benefits: Oregon Humanities offers paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and makes contributions to employee medical and dental insurance, 403(B) retirement plan, and life-insurance plan.

Oregon Humanities, an independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.