Reports to: Editor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.