Director of Marketing and Communications


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Located in Bend, OR

Salary: Competitive comp & benefits!

About us           

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit organization supported by private and public members.  Our mission is to create a diversified regional economy and a strong base of middle-income jobs in Central Oregon.  We focus on helping companies do the following:


MOVE. We attract and guide outside employers through the relocation process as a resource for regional data, incentive, talent, site selection, and more.

START. We mentor and advise scalable young companies from concept to exit on issues such as access to capital, critical expertise, and strategy.

GROW. We partner with local traded-sector companies to help them grow and expand.


EDCO currently has a staff of 12 professionals and an annual operating budget of $1.6M.  EDCO is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of more than 40 local community leaders and business executives.


Where you get to live.
Central Oregon is the three-county region of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, located in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains and home to numerous lakes and rivers. Central Oregon is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Check out the sights and sounds of our largest city, Bend at:

About the role

EDCO’s Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for establishing the voice of the organization and developing and managing content related to its efforts.  This position oversees EDCO’s websites, blogging and other social media efforts, publications, and presentations.  

The person in this position will work with media on both an inbound and outbound basis and will deliver content to diverse audiences (including business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, elected officials, and residents) for diverse purposes.  Additionally, the position assists with outbound marketing to drive event attendance, build membership and augments recruitment efforts designed to attract employers from outside the tri-county region.

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the EDCO website,, which is persuasive, designed to attract new companies, advertise upcoming events and seminars, help build membership, and serves as EDCO’s silent employee, working 24x7, to provide insight and data on the Central Oregon economy.  This site will be revamped as needed and consistently maintained by the person in this role.  A secondary site, relating to the Bend Venture Conference,, requires similar, seasonal, maintenance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Gathering information and mining data from a variety of sources to tell stories in a clear, cohesive, and concise way
  • Writing and coordinating distribution of press releases and other articles
  • Developing and overseeing the growth of EDCO’s social media footprint and marketing campaigns
  • Creating original content for digital publishing and presentation platforms for public speaking engagements for the EDCO team
  • Proofing/editing contributed content
  • Working with company, government, education, and other organization’s communications experts to mine relevant data and collaborate on joint communications and advocacy work
  • Managing content creation and updates across the websites and social media channels
  • Researching and coordinating efforts by other team members to successfully produce Area Profile publications for communities across the region
  • Planning, managing and executing an editorial calendar to drive communications
  • Measuring content effectiveness via tools like web analytics
  • Gaining industry knowledge and developing a network of contacts to generate new and interesting stories to highlight the Move. Start. Grow. mission of EDCO
  • Oversee the promotion of EDCO events, including Central Oregon PubTalks, the Bend Venture Conference, the ‘Made in Tours’, the EDCO Annual Luncheon, and others
  • Work with EDCO Legislative Affairs Committee and Local Directors to develop and deliver EDCO’s position on local, state and federal policy making decisions


The ideal candidate has:

  • The ability to communicate professionally and efficiently via written and oral methods
  • Strong narrative instincts and the ability to spot and construct stories (best-in-class storytelling)
  • Technical experience in print, social media, website development and maintenance, and email content development and maintenance
  • A proven ability to carry a voice and brand persona across an organization/company
  • Initiative, self-motivation and organizational habits to work independently and on deadline
  • Design experience and proficiency with photo editing tools
  • A solid understanding of SEO-driven content creation and a firm grasp of keyword analytics
  • The ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with a high degree of professionalism
  • The ability to understand technical political concepts and policies to deliver clear and concise messaging
  • The passion and energy to move large, complex projects forward on a timely basis in a collaborative environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications, photo editing tools, and design platforms like Canva and others


The ideal candidate should have:

  • An undergraduate degree, preferably in marketing, communications, business, and/or journalism
  • 7 to 10 years of developing and publishing content, with 1 to 3 years in the online arena, specifically social media. Key social platforms are LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Experience with public policy
  • Basic (troubleshooting) knowledge of HTML and experience with other platforms, i.e. WordPress



To Apply

For confidential consideration, please submit resume and cover letter to

Express Office: Bend
61379 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
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