Oregon Education Association

Oregon Education Association

Public Affairs Consultant

Based in Portland, OR
(with travel)

POSITION: Public Affairs Consultant
RESPONSIBLE TO: Assistant Executive Director of the Center for Public Affairs
SALARY RANGE: $79,570 - $126,649 Salary range per Professional Staff Contract

To Apply: follow link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=87bd413a-8e89-428a-8fca-110295883070&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=288298&source=CC3&lang=en_US

Contact email: jobs@oregoned.org

CLOSING DATE: July 14, 2019 or until filled

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title: Public Affairs Consultant
Classification: Exempt (Salary), Fulltime
Salary Grade: Professional Staff Contract
Reports To: Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs
Date Updated: June 19, 2019

The Public Affairs Consultant will lobby OEA’s legislative platform, and participate in policy development and its communication to members, leaders and staff. The Consultant will also support with the coordination of activities around political campaign strategy and execution, both internally and externally. Member engagement is central to this position to ensure that OEA members are informed and participating in OEA’s political agenda. Collaborative strategic planning with the Public Affairs team will be routine.


  • Lobby for OEA legislative objectives and take major responsibility for particular policy and issue research for both internal and external purposes.
  • Organize and provide detailed consultation to electoral campaigns reflecting OEA priorities.
  • Collaboration on political strategies and execution consistent with OEA policies and objectives.
  • Provide training and support to leaders, members and staff on electoral and legislative programs.
  • Offer leadership and staff support to a variety of OEA member committees and work groups.
  • Maintain strong relationships with recommended candidates, lawmakers and staff.
  • Lead and manage a variety of coalitions and relationships with peer organizations.
  • Partner with coalitions and community partners to work on equity, inclusion and advancing racial justice efforts through policy or campaign work.
  • Maintain familiarity with state election law and provide consultation to OEA PACs and campaigns.
  • Identify, collect and interpret political data.
  • Internal and external political organizing.
  • Working collaboratively and in a team approach.
  • Regular written, verbal and electronic communications to members and legislators on OEA priorities.
  • Serves as liaison to State Agencies and external groups as directed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or designee.


  • Successful experience working collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated success as the leader of a work team.
  • Knowledgeable on issues related to public education and public-sector bargaining.
  • Knowledge of state election law applications and mail regulations.
  • Strong verbal, written, and electronic communication skills, and use of social media.
  • Experience with database management, spreadsheets, list manipulation, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in or equivalent in experience.


  • Two or more years of experience as a lobbyist or extensive experience in a legislative setting.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in political organizing and political campaign at a senior staff level.
  • Research and data collection experience.


  • Ability to obtain a valid Oregon State driver's license to drive for work related purposes on a regular basis, has a satisfactory driving record, and has a dependable automobile for Association travel. Proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required.


  • The employee works under the direction of the Assistant Executive Director of the Center for Public Affairs, Executive Director and/or designee and is expected to operate in a team oriented and collaborative environment, handle complex problems with initiative, creativity and sound professional judgment.
  • This position doesn’t supervise other employees.


  • Location: OEA Headquarters office, Portland, OR.
  • The work will be performed in a variety of settings including office, Salem Capitol, schools, and at community partner locations; sometimes in front of large or small groups and sometimes alone.
  • Significant travel is expected.

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