Sr Communications Specialist / Communications Specialist (Portland, OR) #111290

Date: Nov 21, 2023

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

General Purpose


Provides advice and counsel to management and client organizations. Conducts special studies and analyses, develops alternatives, presents recommendations to management and influences management decisions.  Researches, analyzes, develops and implements and measure outcomes of new strategies, programs, and/or processes in response to changing internal and external conditions.



Responsibilities of the Communications Specialist position include:


  • Act as a consultant to management in determining the best course of action and communication vehicles/channels to deliver key messages internally. 
  • Develop and implement communication strategies and programs aimed at PacifiCorp employees. 
  • Develop internal communications messages that inform and educate employees on operational, regulatory and public policy issues important to corporate accomplishing its objectives. 
  • Independently create and produce communications materials such as newsletters, memos, letters, presentations, talking points, online communications, posters, fliers, etc.
  • Support business reporting by writing, reviewing, editing, and compiling business plans, reports and operating plans. 
  • Facilitate informational meetings and executive visits, including preparing materials, talking points and data pertinent for individualized communities, customers or locations, etc. 
  • Liaise and collaborate with other departments within the company. 
  • Provide communications advice and counsel to internal client organizations. 
  • Act as media spokesperson on various issues. 
  • Develop production schedules, project budgets and tracking documents, and evaluate work products. 


In addition, the responsibilities of the Sr Communications Specialist position include: 

  • Develop and implement strategic external communications that are highly sensitive, complex, and political in nature.
  • Interact with media, offer interviews, and act as a spokesperson for the Company.
  • Influence programs to address ongoing issues as well as initiatives that focus on protecting and enhancing the business objectives and reputation of the company.
  • Promote a general environment of understanding in support of the company’s overall strategy, policies and priorities. 
  • Provide external communications counsel and support to business units within the company.
  • Manage the communications aspects of activities within service area that could impact the company’s reputation.
  • Create and implement communication plans, messages, news releases, speeches, presentations and other communications materials. 
  • Serve as a key contact for media on often volatile and sensitive topics.
  • Focus on media relations that are prioritized, focused, proactive, integrated and consistent. 
  • Promote opportunities through media avenues to influence key external stakeholder groups and enhance their understanding and support of the company. 
  • Develop and implement various crisis and emergency response activities.
  • Collaborate with other members of team in an environment of shared information and ongoing efforts to cross-train and develop bench strength on complex issues company faces.
  • Review and evaluate effectiveness of communications efforts and incorporate findings to improve subsequent activities. 
  • Select, mentor, and coach employees.



Requirements for the Communications Specialist position include the following:  


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • A minimum of five years experience in communications, public relations, or marketing. 
  • Knowledge of research, analysis, and consulting techniques, Company policies, procedures, practices, and applicable federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.
  • Program design skills including development of interventions, processes, or new or modified programs. 
  • Ability to develop and implement communication strategies and programs.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability to establish trust, maintain confidence, and understand social behavior and interactions.
  • Ability to work with all organizational levels to influence actions and negotiate outcomes.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively through oral and written means.
  • Ability to work as a team member, maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers to gather, analyze, and summarize data.


In addition to the above, the requirements for the Sr Communications Specialist include:

  • A minimum of seven years experience in external communications, media, or public relations roles. 
  • Proven experience translating complex issues into understandable language. 
  • Proven ability to develop and implement comprehensive corporate communications plans and programs to address key issues and opportunities. 
  • Ability to operate in a complex and rapidly changing business environment. 
  • Ability to judge priorities for the best interests of the company while meeting multiple deadlines. 
  • Demonstrable experience working with the deadlines, press releases, media pitches and  managing information needs of media, including trades, newspapers and broadcast reporters. 
  • Knowledge of research, analysis, and consulting techniques, Company policies, procedures, practices, and applicable federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.


  • Advanced Degree.
  • Project management and leadership skills. 

Additional Information

Req Id: 111290 
Company Code: PacifiCorp   
Primary Location: PORTLAND     
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: FT  
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $85,500.00 - $115,500.00  
This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 12,15% of salary.   


Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit: 


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.


Unless otherwise required by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening including for marijuana. While marijuana is legal in several states, including Oregon, a positive test for positions in Oregon may disqualify a candidate. The company complies with the laws of Washington and California and only obtains and considers positive tests for marijuana in safety-sensitive positions or those covered by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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