Staff Writer

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
September 14, 2023
Grand Ronde, Oregon, United States of America
Job Type


Dept: Publications
Reports to: Editor
Grade: 9
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary:
Provides reporting and general news writing and occasional photography for the bi-monthly Tribal newspaper, Smoke Signals. Covers a variety of Tribal and community events, meetings and activities for  the Publications Office. Provides support for the Publications Office to ensure the efficient, timely and  accurate delivery of program services. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Covers and reports on assigned local and state stories for Tribal newspaper.
  • Writes and takes occasional photos for general news articles on issues affecting the Tribal  community and Indian Country as it relates to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with Tribal government, staff and others concerning current news. 
  • Conducts interviews for assigned news and general stories. 
  • Writes photo captions. 
  • Types occasional submissions to Smoke Signals. 
  • Submits travel forms, requisition forms, reimbursement requests and timesheets.
  • Greets customers, answers telephones, and responds to requests. 
  • Proofreads documents and verifies accuracy. 
  • Operates a variety of office equipment: computer, printer, fax, copier, camera, tape recorder,  etc. 
  • Schedules and processes work requests and maintenance service issues, equipment malfunctions  and other needs. 
  • Enters, tracks and retrieves data. 
  • Performs a variety of other duties as assigned by supervisor. 

Education, Experience, and Licenses: 

  • Requires an Associate’s Degree and two (2) years of journalistic work experience or a High School diploma or GED equivalence and four (4) years of journalistic work experience.
  • Submission of a portfolio of work required.  
  • OR equivalent combination of training and experience.

Driving Requirements: 

  • Must maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license or obtain one upon hire, qualify for the Tribe’s vehicle insurance, and provide proof of personal vehicle insurance. 

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certifications: 

  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining confidentiality required. 
  • Working knowledge of photography equipment, scanner, word processing, spreadsheet and  presentation software required. 
  • Excellent communication skills, listening, verbal & written skills and excellent interaction and  interpersonal skills required. 
  • Strong commitment to task, accuracy, problem solving, initiative, organizational skills, attention  to detail, and integrity required.
  • Requires discretion, courtesy and tact, involving contacts with employees, clients, and other  visitors. 
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture is required. 

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements: 

  • Continually requires the ability to express or receive detailed information or important instructions  through oral communication.
  • Continually requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Requires repetitive  movement of wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to  accomplish tasks.
  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time, raising objects from a lower to a  higher position and/or moving objects horizontally.
  • Occasionally requires lifting of up to 40 pounds.
  • Due to the nature of the interactions with other employees and the public we serve, employees  may be required to provide documentation of, or receive, certain health vaccinations.
  • This position is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection  from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally  subject to outside environmental conditions.
  • May be called upon to serve as a Disaster Reservist during emergencies.
  • Local travel within our six county service area on a regular basis is required. Travel outside of the  state is infrequently required.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule in order to meet department deadlines and attend  Tribal/Community events.

Background Check: 

  • Candidates for this position will be subject to criminal and character background checks and may  be subject to fingerprinting. 

The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable  accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by  employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of  all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified. 

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