Communications Specialist III

Company:  Public Health - Seattle & King County 

Location: Seattle, WA

Date Posted: May 18, 2017

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2017

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $34.33 - $43.52 hourly

Communications Specialist III

About the Position

The Department of Public Health seeks to hire a Communications Specialist to plan, develop and implement external and internal communications plans and strategies for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP). The Communications Specialist will bring a high level of technical knowledge, communications skills, and innovative thinking to advance the mission of the Program. This position will require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish good working relationships with various project managers, leadership teams and program staff throughout the Program.

The Communications Specialist, under the direction of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Communications Manager, will provide support to a wide-range of communications projects including community outreach, public relations, social media development, and Program promotion. The successful candidate will also be responsible for leading projects, coordinating the work of project teams and identifying project work priorities for team members.

About Local Hazardous Waste Management Program LHWMP provides services to businesses and residents in King County, Washington to help them safely dispose of hazardous waste. The program also educates the public about safe practices and actions that they can take to minimize their exposure to hazardous materials. The program is made up of multiple agencies in King County which include City of Seattle, King County Solid Waste Division, Water and Land Resources Division, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Sound Cities and tribes. For more information, visit

Please Note: This position will be hired by the Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County, whose mission is to identify and sustain environmental conditions that promote healthy people and healthy communities.

Who May Apply: This full-time, career service position is opened to all qualified applicants. Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences.

The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. LHWMP is also committed to the principles of racial equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce, and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

Work Location: The position is located in the Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Avenue. Suite 1100, Seattle, WA 98104. The position will also be frequently requested to work at LHWMP's offices located at 150 Nickerson Street in Seattle.

Work Schedule: The normal workweek is 40 hours, Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Primary Responsibilities:              

  • Develop and implement communications plans and strategies for various audiences including King County residents, businesses, ethnic and underserved communities and LHWMP staff.
  • Develop effective and targeted marketing campaigns using audience research.
  • Create, lead, direct, and produce extensive media, public and internal outreach programs.
  • Analyze, write and edit educational and promotional materials for the web, social media, traditional media and print.
  • Organize and staff both public and staff outreach events.
  • Develop and maintain public outreach tools for LHWMP. These include website and social media content, graphics, photos, video, audio, flyers, press releases, media alerts, and promotional materials.
  • Research and plan news conferences, briefings and events that include compelling visual images and creative ways to deliver information.
  • Draft project proposals, Request for Proposals (RFPs), budgets, and preliminary schedules. Manage the contracts, scope and deliverables of consultants.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships, even in times of stress and conflict, with diverse agency colleagues, external stakeholders, customers, general public and news media.


  • A Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or other closely related field of study; AND three years of progressively responsible marketing, public relations, media or communications experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the job duties.
  • Experience working with the public especially in diverse communities; OR working knowledge of inclusive community engagement, equity and inclusion best practices.
  • Success in planning and implementing strategic communications plans on a range of scales.
  • Success with multiple types of written communication including technical material, traditional media, social media, web, publications and outreach material.
  • Demonstrated skills in evaluating survey results and other market research data.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaborating with project and program teams who have limited communications backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in team environments.
  • Project management experience, using strong organizational and administrative skills, including proficiency with standard office computer software programs such as MS Office Suite or Office 365 -- Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Strong experience and knowledge about most-used social media platforms, particularly Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
  • Comfortable and familiar with advising senior level staff.
  • Strong strategic and problem solving skills.
  • Proven ability to align work tasks with agency goals and shift gears to respond quickly to changing priorities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in communicating and translating complex information to communities who have limited English proficiency, and limited knowledge about the topic.
  • Familiarity with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Experience working calmly and quickly under deadline.
  • Proficiency in one of King County's top tier languages other than English:
    • Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, Ukrainian, Amharic, Punjabi, Tagalog, Cambodian, Laotian, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Oromo, French or Samoan.
  • Training and experience in formal project management tools and techniques.
  • Experience using market research for communications planning.
  • Experience working with and building long-term partnerships with people of color, people with low incomes, immigrants, refugees, and limited English-proficiency communities and community-based organizations in these communities.
  • Experience acting in an advisory/consulting or coaching role to senior officials or management groups in helping to shape significant policies or programs.

How to Apply

This exciting career opportunity is open to all applicants. No prior knowledge of King County or LHMWP is required to compete successfully for this position.

Please submit your King County application form, response to supplemental questions, and cover letter online at Applications without the required material may not be considered. Please limit your cover letter to no more than two pages.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

Contact: If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please email Christina Sims. If you have questions about the position and wish to learn more about LHWMP, visit or contact Michell Mouton at or 206-477-4391.

Deadline: 5/31/15, 11:59p.m. Pacific Time