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Communications Manager – Otak, Inc.

Otak has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications Manager, located in either the Redmond, Washington or Portland, Oregon office. The ideal candidate is an experienced business communicator and is skilled in developing and executing comprehensive internal and external communications strategies and plans. The successful candidate will advocate for, and integrate highly visual and creative storytelling into communication materials and tools.

This position reports to the Director of Business Development and Marketing and will work with senior leaders in collaboration with others in the BD and marketing groups across the company. You will drive planning and execution of a broad range of marketing and communication strategies to support Otak’s business objectives. Your work will help define, develop, and implement a key element of our strategic plan.

Otak is a highly collaborative environment and you will work closely with a strong and engaging team of planning, design, engineering, architectural, and project management professionals. You will be a member of the marketing leadership for a dedicated and experienced marketing and BD team that is evolving within the fastest growing A/E company of our size in the country. You will demonstrate a passion for communicating our brand to our clients, as well as our current and future employees.

General Description
• Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan that supports Otak business strategy.
• Develop a PR plan to advertise and promote Otak to target audiences via conferences, website, social media, and print media.
• Develop and coordinate a visual and graphic asset management program.
• Work closely with the executive leadership team to help them communicate effectively.
Responsibilities of this position:
• Lead branding strategy implementation and promote compliance with Otak branding.
• Manage redevelopment of the Otak website, including a strategy for inclusion of our new acquisitions.
• Generate editorial calendars and strategic content plans.
• Develop and implement the content management strategy for the website and intranet; regularly create and curate content through collaboration with internal stakeholders; report on analytics and make recommendations for improvements.
• Drive Otak social media strategy and presence, curate and write posts for social media channels, and mentor and train staff in appropriate social media use.
• Coordinate development and manage production of marketing collateral for client-facing activities in coordination with other stakeholders.
• Work creatively and collaboratively in designing, editing, producing, and posting content, layout, photography, video, and graphical elements to strengthen Otak’s brand and messaging.
• Manage development of template designs for proposals and presentations, design and layouts for brochures, posters, banners, promotional merchandise, and other pieces; work with vendors to oversee production, quality, and delivery.
• Develop and deliver internal training, as needs are identified.
• Undertake special projects as directed.

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Director of Forest Protection-OFIC

OFIC is currently seeking to fill the Director of Forest Protection position.
The Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) is a statewide trade association representing forestland owners and forest products manufacturing firms. Its members own more than 90 percent of Oregon’s private, large-owner forestland base. OFIC’s core mission is to advocate on behalf of its members to maintain a positive, stable business operating environment for Oregon’s forest products community that fosters long-term investments in healthy forests; to ensure a reliable timber supply from Oregon’s public and private forestlands; and to promote stewardship and sustainable management of forestlands that protect environmental values and maintain productive uses on all forestlands.

General Description
The Director of Forest Protection will represent OFIC and its member companies to state agencies, boards and commissions, and state legislators on public policy and legislation affecting all manner of forest protection and health issues, including those related to the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Pesticides Program administered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and similar regulatory programs. The Director of Forest Protection will work in close liaison with Oregon’s 12 Forest Protection Associations supporting the state’s complete and coordinated wildfire prevention and suppression program.
The successful candidate will be a good team player able to take input from association members, other staff members, and affiliated interests to identify and implement successful policy strategies.
Applicants should have a combination of education and work experience in forest protection issues that demonstrates the experience and skills to perform the duties of this position.
This position is based out of Salem, Oregon.
Anticipated start date: February 2018

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as a liaison for OFIC by developing professional working relationships with key department staff at the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, Oregon State Police, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others.
  • Engage with critical partners including the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group, the federal PNW Fire Operations Coordinator, the Emergency Fire Cost Committee, the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Oregon Invasive Species Council, and the Smoke Management Advisory Committee, among others.
  • Track and publish industrial landowner land closures.
  • Provide administrative support for OFIC internal policy committees, including the Forest Protection Committee, the OFIC Animal Damage Committee, and any associated standing or ad-hoc subcommittees that may arise.
  • Identify developing issues and challenges facing the forest industry on all manner of protection issues (ex: wildfire funding mechanisms, public-private interface risk issues, fire liability, forestland classification, wildlife damage, forest health – insects, diseases and invasive species, forestland security, hunter/public access, trapping, prescribed burning, smoke management, pesticide use and impacts on wildlife health) and work to develop both long and short-term strategies and tactics to address situations.
  • Engage the landowner community in all manner of policy arenas to successfully communicate protection issues in public forums.
  • Analyze the effects of potential legislation, state agency budgets and administrative rules on OFIC members, and work with staff to develop credible positions protecting OFIC member interests.
  • Cultivate “trusted leader” relationships with partner organizations like the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Associated Oregon Loggers, Keep Oregon Green Association, Oregon Hunters Association, and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, among others.
  • Establish and maintain a rapport with OFIC members. Communicate regularly with staff and members, and respond to individual member inquiries and requests, particularly on large fire activity, resource needs, drawdowns, etc.
  • Write clear and content-rich testimony and other public comment documents.
  • Write monthly OFIC Protection Newsletters.
  • Collaborate on OFIC research investments in protection issues.
  • Maintain current rosters, spreadsheets and related data gathered from multiple sources.
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Director of Manufacturing & Resources-OFIC

The Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) is a statewide trade association representing forestland owners and forest products manufacturing firms. Its members own more than 90 percent of Oregon’s private, large-owner forestland base. OFIC’s core mission is to advocate on behalf of its members to maintain a positive, stable business operating environment for Oregon’s forest products community that fosters long-term investments in healthy forests; to ensure a reliable timber supply from Oregon’s public and private forestlands; and to promote stewardship and sustainable management of forestlands that protect environmental values and maintain productive uses on all forestlands.

OFIC is currently seeking a person to fill the position of Director of Manufacturing and Resources. The successful candidate will be lead on a wide range of subjects extending from management of forest resources through the processing, marketing and consumption of forest products.

General Description

The Director of Manufacturing and Resources will represent OFIC and its member companies to state agencies, boards and commissions, and state legislators on public policy, regulatory programs and legislation affecting all manner of forest business issues, including forest economics, taxation, energy, carbon and climate change, land use, forest products certification, water and air regulatory permitting, and general manufacturing.

The successful candidate will be a good team player, able to take input from association members, other staff members, and affiliated interests to identify and lead the successful implementation of policy strategies.

Applicants should have a combination of education and work experience in forest business, regulatory permitting, energy or taxation that demonstrates the experience and skills to perform the duties of this position. Undergraduate and/or advanced degrees in natural resource economics, business and/or forestry are desirable. Previous political experience is a plus.

This position is based out of Salem, Oregon.

Anticipated state date: February 2018

Specific Responsibilities:
• Analyze the effects of potential legislation, permitting, and administrative rules on OFIC members, and work with staff to develop credible positions protecting OFIC member interests.
• Serve as a liaison for OFIC by developing professional working relationships with key staff at the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department of Environment Quality, the Oregon Department of Energy, the Legislative Revenue Office, the Oregon Global Warming Commission, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Forest Inventory Analysis Program, among others.
• Engage with critical partners including the OSU College of Forestry, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Non-governmental organizations and others.
• Support OFIC internal policy committees, including the Forest Taxation Committee and the Manufacturers’ Committee.
• Identify developing issues and challenges facing the forest industry, and work to develop both long and short-term strategies and tactics.
• Advocate for favorable economic policies, including defending current forest property taxation treatment of private forestland and timber in Oregon.
• Cultivate “trusted leader” relationships with partner organizations like Oregon Business Industries, the Oregon Business Council, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Associated Oregon Loggers and the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, among others.
• Establish and maintain a rapport with OFIC members. Communicate regularly with staff and members, respond to individual member inquiries and requests.
• Write clear and content-rich testimony and other public comment documents. Contribute newsworthy articles for the OFIC newsletter.
• Other duties as assigned.

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Community Outreach Coordinator – OFIC

The Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) is a statewide trade association representing forestland owners and forest products manufacturing firms. Its members own more than 90 percent of Oregon’s private, large-owner forestland base. OFIC’s core mission is to advocate on behalf of its members to maintain a positive, stable business operating environment for Oregon’s forest products community that fosters long-term investments in healthy forests; to ensure a reliable timber supply from Oregon’s public and private forestlands; and to promote stewardship and sustainable management of forestlands that protect environmental values and maintain productive uses on all forestlands.

The Community Outreach Coordinator will work with the Director of Public Affairs to assist OFIC and its member companies create and execute a multi-year community/grassroots engagement strategy. This person will play an integral role supporting and coordinating a diverse portfolio of member efforts to engage within their respective local communities.
The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, self-motivated, outgoing, comfortable in diverse social settings, and a good team player able to take input from association members, other staff members, and affiliated interests to identify and implement successful grassroots strategies.
Applicants should have a combination of education and work experience in natural resource, communications and policy that demonstrates the experience and skills to perform the duties of this position.
This position is based out of Salem, Oregon.
Anticipated start date: February 2018

Specific Responsibilities
• Identification, development and implementation of strategies to expand the timber industry’s community presence where OFIC members operate or own forestland in Oregon.
• Regular meetings with OFIC members and stakeholders to identify community needs and engagement opportunities.
• Content creation for members to present in public forums, including presentations, hand-outs, and digital media.
• Regular representation of OFIC members at community events and local government meetings, including taking public positions that actively advocate for the industry.
• Assist OFIC members to identify, prioritize and cultivate lasting relationships with community members.
• Identify and create opportunities and advocacy events for grassroots partnerships/relationships that raise awareness of the timber industry’s presence, shared community values, environmental contributions, and sustainable forest practices.
• Work with the Director of Public Affairs to align community relations activities and strategies with OFIC’s larger public affairs and digital grassroots advocacy.
• Willingness to engage in frequent, independent travel throughout Oregon and often attend meetings held during the evening.

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Did you attend Cultivate Critical Connections in February?

anna_browneby Anna Browne, Senior Editor and Writer for The Standard

No matter where you are in your career, it’s still your career. Where you’ve worked and what kind of communicating you’ve done is defined by your unique experiences. So whether you’ve had a lot of years of experience or only a few, it’s always fascinating to hear about the careers of other communicators. What are they working on? What deadlines and challenges do they face? How much does social media play a role? How much critical planning or measurement do they really do? Continue reading