Public Affairs Manager

Georgia-Pacific LLC | Toledo, OR

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Posted Date 4/28/2022

ABOUT TOLEDO OPERATIONS (TOL)The Georgia-Pacific Toledo mill is the first and only containerboard mill built by GP from the ground up and has been in continuous operation since 1958. It is also the leading recycler of corrugated containers on the West Coast, each year rescuing nearly 500,000 tons of old, used containerboard from landfills and converting it into new product. Located in Lincoln County on the central Oregon coast, Toledo is seven miles from Newport and is a 2-hour, 30-minute drive from the Portland airport. The Toledo mill is also the host facility for the company’s recently constructed Juno® Technology unit, which uses a patented breakthrough process to recover paper fiber from materials that previously were landfilled or incinerated ( learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s packaging business please visit:www.gppackaging.comand view the videoHow Paper Is Made.


Georgia-Pacific is on the hunt for a public affairs and communications game-changer that will be based at its Toledo (Oregon) containerboard operation. The role will focus on these key areas:

Internal Communication: Do you enjoy the fast pace of internal communication, where leaders depend on you for counsel and measurable execution of communication plans? Is keeping a sizable team connected to important goals and strategy your jam?

Public Affairs/Community Relations: Does it make you smile when you think about having the opportunity to position your employer as a good neighbor and outstanding community partner? Is your day made brighter by creating meaningful relationships with community leaders and influencers, or working with governmental agencies?

Media Relations: What about pitching stories to the media and responding with answers when asked? Does that kick your heart into high gear?

If any of the above sounds like you, let’s talk!

The GP-Toledo public affairs manager is a valuable member of the mill leadership team, providing professional communications and public affairs guidance on critical issues. The position supports leaders and managers who are directly responsible for production and operations at the site. It reports to the director of public affairs and communications for the company’s containerboard and cellulose operations with a strong dotted line to the Toledo operation’s vice president/general manager.

The public affairs manager initially will spend approximately 40% of his/her time working on internal communication, 30% of his/her time on public affairs (community relations and local government interaction) and 30% on proactive and reactive media relations. Additionally, this role will provide public affairs and communications support, as required, for the company and other GP facilities in the region while coordinating with the corporate team.

What You Will Do In Your Role

      • Develop, implement, and manage a strategic employee communications program at the mill, as well as internal communications support of critical mill and company initiatives, including use of best practices from the public affairs and communications team across other GP mills and in Atlanta, the home of GP’s corporate headquarters.
      • Establish strong relationships with community members including local government officials, regulatory agencies, businesses, and community groups. Coordinate external issues engagement and activities with GP legal, governmental affairs, and corporate communications teams.
      • As part of the mill leadership team, advise mill management of issues, attitudes, and opinions both inside and outside the company that could affect mill operations. This includes establishing a climate of cooperation with employees and implementing or helping support necessary programs to maintain GP’s position as a leader in a highly competitive industry.
      • Establish and maintain the means to detect signals of company vulnerability in external and internal environments.
      • Develop a crisis communications plan for the mill and serve as a member of its crisis management team.
      • Develop strong relationships with reporters and editors who cover the community/region and participate in the process of gathering and disseminating news. This includes serving as company spokesperson where appropriate and facilitating interviews by providing background, details, and explanation.
      • In support of the local community and to help create long-term value for our business, community, and customers, help develop and implement investment and volunteer opportunities for the mill that are aligned with the GP’s focus areas of education, environment, entrepreneurship, and community enrichment.

The Experience You Will Bring


      • Undergraduate degree (journalism, communications, or public relations concentration preferred).
      • Minimum of 10 years of public relations or related experience.
      • Knowledge and experience with communications strategy and programs, including adapting and implementing best practices of other communications programs.
      • Excellent writing, editing, oral presentation and general communication skills with internal and external audiences.
      • Experience with news media and community relations.

What Will Put You Ahead

    • Exposure to a manufacturing environment.
    • Experience with regulatory and permitting issues.
    • Involvement with community groups such as chamber of commerce or other local business groups
    • Knowledge and experience working with elected officials and appointed government officials.
    • Experience working with SharePoint and other web-based communication tools.
    • Experience with video production and editing.
    • Experience with social media communications.

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

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Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.  This employer uses E-Verify.  Please visit the following website for additional information:

Listing Type
Communications | Manufacturing | Public Affairs | Public Relations
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer

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