Strategic Communications Project Manager

December 29, 2021 12:39 AM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. 

HDR’s Portland, OR office is looking for a mid-to senior-level project manager who thrives on collaboration and building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders to help the public engage on projects that impact quality of life. This position will play a lead role in planning, developing, managing and executing public engagement and strategic communications programs for major transportation infrastructure projects. The ideal candidate will have experience managing and leading effective public outreach and engagement programs and working closely with others in a team environment, in addition to a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public engagement and project management including scope, schedule and budget management.

Who You Are:

  • You are a creative, forward thinker, comfortable working on multi-disciplinary teams and collaborating effectively with colleagues in both content and technical development.
  • You love to facilitate public meetings, stakeholder workgroups, or community focus groups to get to the heart of the matter, build consensus and uncover innovative solutions. 
  • You are a great writer, skilled at defining and articulating a message. You describe yourself as a storyteller. 
  • You are exceptionally organized, with an almost obsessive attention to detail, and highly driven with the ability to manage several projects and meet deadlines. 
  • You have a history of creating and implementing communications plans that included target audience strategies, marketing and advertising plans, event planning, and collateral material development and implementation. 
  • You have a demonstrated track record of successfully managing projects or tasks, including preparing and monitoring scope and budget, preparing and implementing schedule, and coordinating with team members to deliver successful projects.
  • You are a highly creative person who understands the importance of clear communication across multiple channels and mediums from print to digital. 
  • You have a drive to innovate and a habit of thinking outside the box. You are a lifelong learner who embraces the new.
  • You’re a self-starter who thrives and adapts in fast-paced environments.


  • Lead social and political strategy development planning, design and construction projects in the justice sector.
  • Lead campaign development activities including target audience analysis, branding, messaging, and market research
  • Direct customer-facing communication in a variety of mediums including social, print, video and web.
  • Lead concept development, writing and editing of collateral materials such as surveys, newsletters, websites, handouts, videos, advertisements, press releases and public notices.
  • Coordinate with creative disciplines including graphic design, web development and social media to maintain consistency of brand, saturation of messaging, and user experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or relevant field.
  • 10+ years related experience in communications, public relations, public involvement and/or community engagement;
  • Deep knowledge of communications plans and campaigns for public involvement, stakeholder engagement and public relations.
  • Proven ability to develop compelling stories that strengthen messaging and engagement strategies for a program, initiative or project.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience collaborating with graphic designers, web developers and social media strategists to ensure cohesive message and user experience.
  • Experience writing for multiple mediums including social, print, audio/video, and web.
  • Service- and client-oriented personality with previous consulting experience
  • Self-starter; can work well independently or in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with experience in community advocacy, NEPA and infrastructure projects are preferred.
  • We will consider relocation for this position.
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This position requires onsite client visits. The client requires all contractors/consultants/vendors who work or visit the site be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Oregon-Portland

Industry: Environment/Sciences

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

BusinessClass: Strategic Communications

Posting Date: Dec 28, 2021

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