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Writer/Editor (Analyst II)

The Portland Water Bureau is seeking a Writer/Editor (Analyst II).  
Calling all word wizards!  
Are you passionate about plain language, accessibility, storytelling, and serving Portlanders?  
Do you have a knack for simplifying technical or scientific information for diverse audiences?  
About the Position  
The Portland Water Bureau is looking for a Writer/Editor (Analyst II) who to help shape how the bureau engages with our community through writing. The ideal candidate will be patient and adept at managing the human aspects of writing: how to get a constructive review, how to give feedback, and how to help coworkers create excellent products they can be proud of. The candidate should be comfortable writing in a variety of styles including policy documents or water quality technical reports, newsletters, video scripts, and digital content about what matters most to community members. The person will have a love of language, an excellent grasp of writing mechanics, and an understanding of how equity plays an essential role in our communications. We sure hope you’re interested in our mission to serve excellent water to the Portland region every minute of every day for generations to come.   
Duties and responsibilities include:   
  • Learning about new subjects and writing original material through interviewing staff and independent research.  
  • Compiling and editing content from subject matter experts.  
  • Embedding equity into the bureau’s content, such as centering the needs of marginalized communities.  
  • Maintaining and continuing to develop the bureau’s style guide.  
  • Building relationships with staff to continue a shift to the use of plain language.  
  • Working with Communications staff to refine a review process that incorporates the best practices of concepting, writing, designing, and editing content.  
  • Helping coworkers with their writing requests and challenges, including identifying audiences and tailoring content accordingly.  
  • Reviewing content for tone and accuracy.  
  • Managing, writing, and editing projects with many stakeholders, and working with the rest of the communications team to balance competing project priorities.  
  • Bonus: editing text and performing basic layout functions in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator.