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I have been working at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Pros – Good learning ground opportunity. Management supports training and skills development. Very independent position with no micro management from manager.
Cons – Agency is extremely underfunded with its infrastructure and skilled labor. The Web Coordinator leads a team of web publishers with no background in communications. Government and union culture adds to the challenge, as some team members are turf-oriented. Very difficult to gain momentum on website improvements due to there being no structured team support. Team members function at varying skills and levels of professionalism. This job is suited to someone wanting to gain Web experience for a few years (as I did) or someone willing to be satisfied with a complacent state job where you are tasked with pushing strategies and initiatives with very little team support. Management is supportive of professional efforts, at least. If you have a lot of patience and would be happy with a state job, this could be okay for you. If you are ambitious and like to accomplish things, you are going to become frustrated and worn down.
Advice to Senior Management – Build in some team structure and support for the Web Coordinator to be successful. Have the Web team members report in art to the Web Coordinator, or at least require input into the Web Representatives' performance reviews. This is an emotionally challenging, exhausting and often frustrating position.
2010-03-29 20:58 PDT
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