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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - Public Affairs Officer

Posted: 4/19/2022
Salary: $5,984 - $8,095, per month
Location: Tigard, OR

The Public Affairs Officer (PAO) coordinates and participates in activities that continually enhance the connectivity between the District and the communities served by developing and maintaining relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Example of Duties

RELATIONSHIPS: Identifies, develops and maintains regular and constructive relations with key local government staff, local businesses, and community leaders. Promotes Fire District operations, training, funding, capital construction projects, and performance standards to stakeholders.

DISTRICT REPRESENTATION: Represents the District on various boards, committees, and community groups to promote the District’s mission, values, and programs. Identifies and coordinates proactive outreach to advance District initiatives and programs and promote the District’s reputation

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER: Serves as an on-call public information officer on a scheduled rotation, including on-site response to emergency incidents. Disseminates emergency incident details and public safety information in writing and verbally, within a wide range of time and planning constraints.

COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION: Consults with internal departments on strategies for effective engagement with key external stakeholders to promote District initiatives. Performs tasks that support communication and marketing for community risk reduction campaigns.

ANALYSIS: Performs regular analysis of local government and civic activities. Offers strategies for advancing projects and policies with local government partners; works individually or with other staff to execute strategy as directed by the Public Affairs Manager.


Associate degree required. Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, journalism, communications, business administration, or related field preferred.

Four years of relevant experience, including public affairs, marketing, or community relations.

Certifications & Licensure
Type 2 Public Information Officer certification preferred.

Position-Specific Requirements

  • Practical and procedural knowledge of public affairs, marketing, and crisis communication.
  • Working knowledge of public affairs issues such as land-use, transportation, education, economic development, and election procedures.
  • Working knowledge of social media applications.
  • Working knowledge of municipal, county and regional governments is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, including performing needs assessments and analysis, gathering project requirements, creating project plan, communicating with stakeholder groups, executing plan, and adapting approach to changing conditions.
  • Ability to maneuver through complex political situations effectively, demonstrating sensitivity to how people and organization function.
  • Ability to effectively represent department programs and services to community members.
  • Ability to address and resolve community concerns related to TVF&R services.
  • Ability to read and understand, and communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and appear composed and professional in media interviews and presentations to groups of all sizes and demographics.

Physical Requirements:
Details on the physical requirements for this position can be found here:

The selection process will comprise of a minimum qualification review, Sparkhire one-way video interview and an on-site panel interview and skills demonstration.

Tentative timeline:

  • Applications accepted May 3, 2022 or sooner.
  • Invitation to complete SparkHire video interview starting April 15.
  • One-way video interviews completed by May 8.
  • Onsite panel interview and skills demonstration May 25 - May 27. (Invited candidates will be scheduled only one of these days.)
  • Anticipated start mid to late June 2022.

*Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and the posting may close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified candidates are received.


The monthly salary range within a step system for this position is $5,984 - $8,095 per month. The starting pay assignment, based on a candidate's bona fide factor analysis in accordance with the District's pay equity system and the Oregon Equal Pay Act and will be in the range of $5,984 - $7,176 per month. The maximum of $8,095 can be attained after five years contingent on performance.

TVF&R evaluates each applicant's work history and responses to supplemental questions. Please be sure to thoroughly answer the application's supplemental questions to ensure our subject matter experts can appropriately evaluate your experience and qualifications. To reduce barriers to entry, TVF&R evaluates an applicant's work history and responses to these supplemental questions rather than requiring cover letters and resumes.

Veteran's Preference:
t is the District's policy to provide eligible veterans with preference as required by law. Applicants must provide certification of eligibility for entitlement to the preference (e.g. DD-214 long form clearly showing discharge status) with the application submission by the closing date of the posting.

Work Location:
The location for this position is the Command and Business Operations Center, located in Tigard, OR.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue strives to provide exceptional internal and external customer service. To ensure a collaborative and supportive environment with both the public we serve and our coworkers, employees perform their work on-site at the assigned work location.

TVF&R is an equal employment opportunity employer and seeks to attract a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve in order to deliver safe, profession, and high-performance service.