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22 Jun 2021

Full-Time Communication & Outreach Assistant

Wasco County – Posted by WascoCountyHR2021 The Dalles, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Position Information-223112

Position Title: Communications and Outreach Assistant Union: Non-Union
Working Title:   Salary Grade: F – $2,837.59-$2,908.52/mo
Reports to: Solid Waste Program Coordinator and Planning Director FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Department: Planning Effective Date: 6/9/2021

General Position Summary: The position primarily provides communication and outreach assistance for the Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program, as well as a range of special projects, data management and clerical support functions to assist in implementing the Program’s mission.

Essential Functions (in a typical work week):

  • Assists Program Coordinator in developing and implementing comprehensive communication strategies and creating effective supporting materials – mailers, brochures, displays, press releases, flyers, radio spots, public speaking, slide shows, videos and electronic communications
  • Assists Program Coordinator with updating and maintaining  Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Website and any related social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Prepares research, documents and reports and completes special projects as assigned
  • Performs solid waste audits at schools and businesses upon request
  • Stays up to date on trends in hazardous waste and materials management, as necessary for Program outreach.

Secondary Functions (in a typical work week):

  • Assists with hazardous waste collection events and recycling activities.
  • Provides basic administrative support (public notices and meeting minutes) to the Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program Steering Committee.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Responsibility/Accountability: This section of the job description describes the amount and breadth of responsibility and accountability that rests with the position, including the expected results of the position, the impact on County operations and activities, and the responsibility for budget.

Minimal influence on organization operations, programs, and expense or budgetary outcomes.  Dollar amounts influenced would be considered small.  Responsibility for the prudent use of assets does not extend beyond own work responsibilities.  While public contact is a part of the position’s responsibilities, supervisory action would prevent or correct most issues.

Supervision of Employees:  This section of the job description describes the supervisory responsibility assigned including the range and types of supervisory functions performed, from directing work activities and delegating assignments to coaching, counseling, making disciplinary decisions, hiring, firing, salary actions, performance appraisal, training, etc. as well as the types of employees supervised.

Positions at this level are not responsible for any supervisory functions or responsibilities, but may occasionally be asked to orient and/or train new employees.

Interpersonal Skills/Contacts:  This section of the job description describes the characteristics of personal interaction with others including the frequency of contacts with others, the breadth of interactions (within the County, outside the County, with vendors/contractors, dealing directly with the public, etc.), and the level of persons interacted with.  Also, included in this section is the reason for contact such as gaining cooperation; use negotiation, tact, teamwork, and sensitivity; or the likelihood of dealing with disagreeable or hostile individuals.

Positions at this level have responsibility for contact with wide range of individuals including County employees, the public, and those with contractual or other relationships with County operations and programs.  Internally, the primary contacts are made equally with the individual’s own work group and other departments.  The contacts are both of a routine and non‑routine nature and require some discussion or explanation.  Some adverse or positive consequences may result from these interactions.  Contacts can be in both one‑on‑one situations or group settings.  Communication and interpersonal skills are fairly important and require some refinement for the successful completion of job responsibilities.  Positions that have substantial contact with a wide range of individuals, but the contact is limited in scope, should also be placed at this level.

Working Conditions:  This section of the job descriptions outlines the work environment, conditions, and hazards that are encountered in the course of assigned work.  This includes the personal risk, hazard, varying work schedules, level of interruptions, job pressure, and the need to frequently juggle priorities and work assignments.  Also, exposure to unpleasant working conditions such as high noise levels, heat or cold, inside or outside work, exposure to electricity, chemicals, poor lighting, confinements, machinery, interactions with disturbed or dangerous individuals, personal attacks, contact with contagious disease, or situations where personal safely cannot be assured.

This level has a work environment that is well protected, with virtually no hazards or obstacles.  There is very little element of personal risk or hazard.  Job conditions are stable, usually well managed, and very comfortable.  There are occasional interruptions or changes in job assignments, but they are typically not detrimental to work flow or meeting job responsibilities.

Physical Requirements:  This section of the job description describes the physical effort and manual labor, such as sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, digging, operating equipment, performing with speed, etc., as well as the dexterity required to complete the job functions.  The need for travel, extended hours, and situations of physical discomfort are also outlined here.

Positions rated at this level require occasional physical effort such as light lifting, carrying, or movement, etc.  Physical capability involves use of office or power equipment where some dexterity is needed.  Movement around the work space is not challenging, and there are little to no restrictions on mobility.

Education, Experience, and Certification/Licensure:  This section of the job description outlines the education, previous experience, professional licenses, certifications, and specific skills necessary to perform the assigned work.

Positions at this level require skills, training, and/or knowledge base equal to a high school education/equivalent and up to one-year post‑high school education or vocational training.  Programs leading to certificates obtained in one year or less are also placed at this level.  Skills and abilities needed to complete job assignments often include mathematical computations, operation of minor/small equipment, reading of directions, etc.  Skills may be focused in one area.  Previous work experience of between 6‑18 months may be required.  Capability to reason and think through established process steps is typically needed.

Below is an outline of the specific Education type, Experience type or licensure/certification that is required for this role.  The County will also consider any equivalent combinations of the qualifying criteria.

  • Associates Degree and at least one year experience working with solid waste issues such as recycling education or collection, and/or educating the public on hazardous was issues
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License
  • Need to obtain 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification within six months of employment, and subsequent annual HAZWOPER 8-hour refresher training certification
  • Bloodbourne Pathogen training required prior to working hazardous waste events

How to Apply

  • Please visit this page to obtain the materials needed for your application packet (see the links after the text "If you are interested in applying for a current job opening please include the following in your application packet:")
  • All application packets can be submitted to: Human Resources,  511 Washington St., Ste. 206, The Dalles, OR 97058 OR e-mailed to: application@co.wasco.or.us OR faxed to: 541-506-2771
  • If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: Human Resources at 541-506-2774 or 541-506-2775
  • EOE/ADA
**Incomplete application packets will not be considered for employment.**

Job Categories: Recycling. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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