Communications and Public Engagement Manager

David Evans & Associates Inc
Portland, OR 97201
United States


Job Description
Are you a highly professional, natural leader with a passion for equitable public engagement? DEA's Portland, OR office is looking for a mid-to senior-level Communications and Public Engagement Manager who thrives on collaboration and building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders in order to help the public engage with its local government.

As a member of the Oregon Community Engagement Team this position will play a lead role in planning, developing, managing and executing public engagement initiatives for major transportation infrastructure projects. The ideal candidate will have experience managing and leading effective public outreach and engagement programs and working closely with others in a team environment, in addition to a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public engagement, strategic planning, project management and program evaluation.

Essential Functions :
  • Developing, managing, leading and overseeing public engagement strategies and plans for project initiatives, projects, programs and services.
  • Working effectively with teams across multiple disciplines to identify engagement needs in order to develop strategies for public involvement programs and events.
  • Representing the firm in meetings and with the public, community groups and other key stakeholders.
  • Leading meetings of project teams and advisory bodies.
  • Developing content for public involvement and communications deliverables and coordinating distribution.
  • Providing guidance on key partnerships, community relationships and coalition-building activities.
  • Reviewing, measuring and analyzing engagement activity participation, effectiveness and outcomes.
  • Ongoing research and review of public engagement best practices.
  • Mentoring staff as needed in the practice of public engagement.
  • Leading and strategizing key business development opportunities in collaboration with staff.
  • Building and maintaining effective client, partner and stakeholder relationships.

Basic Qualifications:
  • 8 or more years professional experience working in community engagement, public involvement or public relations that includes leading community outreach projects
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public affairs, public administration, planning, public policy or closely related field

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings and Lifestyle Spending Account with employer contribution
  • Support for continuing education and training opportunities
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule
  • Holistic Wellbeing Program with a focus on physical, emotional, financial, career and community health
  • Opportunity for growth with support and mentoring to help with professional goals

Transportation Jobs with DEA

The increasing complexities of modern transportation include growing demands, aging infrastructure, rising costs, funding challenges, and environmental concerns. Agencies and communities faced with improving their transportation systems must do more with less. From initial investigations through planning, concept development, final design, and construction, DEA responds with solutions that serve today's transportation needs while accommodating tomorrow's growth. Our Transportation Business Unit focuses on five practices; Bridges and Structures, Roads and Highways, Transit and Rail, Smart Mobility and Construction Engineering Services.