Job Title: Veterans and Military Outreach/Case Work Manager
Job Summary: The position is a 2-year paid fellowship for an Outreach and Case Work Manager to primarily work with veterans, active duty military and their families to assist with their needs from the federal government. The individual will travel to areas of Representative Walden’s large district to interact with Oregonians and assist in the coordination of verbal, written and electronic communication to veterans and active duty military and their families on behalf of the Representative. The person will help constituents interact with administrative and government agencies by acting as facilitators, ombudsmen and, in some cases, advocates. The position lends itself to helping the Representative’s team in assisting a broad range of Oregonians, who stream into the public office, as well as planning and executing local congressional events. The office is located in the beautiful high desert of central Oregon, and is home to abundant hunting, fishing, recreation and outdoor opportunities.
Job Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent for this position will serve as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies as necessary as a representative of Representative Greg Walden (OR-02). The Manager will be required to communicate clearly with constituents about what can and cannot be done on their behalf by the Congressional office. The Manager will be required to learn the laws, regulations and intricacies affecting a constituent’s case as well as the procedures and structure of Representative Walden’s office regarding communication, casework and employee obligations, as outlined in Representative Walden’s Office Handbook and the House of Representative’s Ethics Manual. The position will involve travel as assigned to represent Representative Walden at official congressional events, including some overnight travel. The position also includes becoming connected to the veterans and active duty military leaders and group chapters in central and eastern Oregon. Additionally, the employee will be responsible to perform other official duties as assigned by the Congressman, Chief of Staff, District Director and/or Central Oregon Office Director. Solid knowledge of and interest in current public affairs, the ability to write well, and the ability to speak comfortably at public events is very helpful. Representative Walden’s team works closely and cooperatively together, so being a “team player” is essential for the candidate. This position has strong potential to develop into a long-term position beyond the fellowship period.
Requirements: This program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, with less than 20 years of service and have a minimum 30% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs. High school degree required, college degree preferred but not required. Qualified candidates must possess solid written and oral communication skills; work in an organized and independent manner; be conversant in current local, state, and national issues; understand government functions and systems; proficiency in the Microsoft Office 2007 suite of computer programs; must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Recent experience with and understanding of the U.S. Military and Department of Veterans’ Affairs structure, procedures, and policies preferred. Service-oriented, positive attitude, and strong team ethic required.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Contact: Interested veterans may go to www.cao.house.gov to learn more about the program and may submit their resumes, a copy of the last DD214 (page 4) and VA Preference Letter indicating that they have a 30% or greater rating to email@example.com. Do not send resumes directly to the office of Representative Greg Walden (OR-02).