Communications Specialist I

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
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Posted on June 7, 2021

The Child Care Health Program (CCHP) in Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking a 20-hour/week Communications Specialist who has strong communication skills about program progress for those it serves in the child care and early learning communities. The position also requires evaluation, data analysis, and Office 365 skills. A key goal of this position is to evaluate CCHP services to ensure they are improving the well-being of children, families, and child care providers by making sense of service outcomes for both the team and also citizens and community partners. This position, furthermore, seeks someone who is passionate about the well-being of often marginalized young children and the adults who care for them.

The CCHP is striving to elevate its abilities to enhance short- and long-term child well-being in the Seattle area and beyond. This position will assist the CCHP with developing methods of communication, dialogue, and information-gathering for, by, and with the community that can improve practices to boost child health; safety; behavior; social and emotional development; nutrition; physical activity; and other vital child, family, and provider outcomes.
Community-informed practices are central to this endeavor, meaning the CCHP is intentional about embracing the needs of diverse and often disenfranchised individuals, populations, languages, cultures, and systems to partner its consultation with their specific needs, perspectives, and orientations to wellness.

This position is posted continuously, first review will occur for applications received through Sunday, May 23rd.

This job advertisement will also be used to fill a Short-Term Temporary position.

Work Location: Remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, in the Chinook Building at 401 5th Avenue, Seattle WA 98104 as well as at various locations throughout the Seattle – King County area.

Work schedule: 40-hours per pay period or 20 hours/week. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to collect and manage information and to engage with child care providers and colleagues.
 Who May Apply: This advertisement is currently open to all qualified candidates.
 Contact: If you have questions regarding this job announcement, please contact Erika Yanak, Human Resource Analyst, at


  • King County Online Application.
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter – outlining how you meet the qualifications for this role.
  • Brief descriptions of data assessment and management and communications activities in which you’ve been engaged that are relevant to this position.
Please Note: Your application will be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the on-line application and include the information only on your resume. Applications that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Resumes and cover letters are not accepted in lieu of a fully completed job application.

Job Duties

  • Communicate with CCHP colleagues, families, providers, and community partners about how to assess child, family, and provider outcomes from CCHP interventions.
    • Outcomes may be inclusive of communicable disease prevention, medication management, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and food safety, reducing challenging behavior, and more.
  • Discern reasonable, measurable, and attainable methods to qualitatively and quantitatively assess child, family, provider, and program outcomes from interventions.
  • Design and develop specific communications and data tools to conduct efficacious assessments, evaluations, or surveys in ways that don’t induce significant burdens.
  • Develop simple, clear, and accessible communications to show providers their progress on health goals for the children in their care. Presentation methods may include:
    • Brief written reports with clear explanations and graphics clarifying outcomes.
    • Virtual and media communications, including social media and videos.
    • Community meetings with consideration for language, culture, and place.
    • Dialogues with the CCHP’s partners, including Seattle’s Dept. of Education and Early Learning, Best Starts for Kids, government agencies, and nonprofits.
  • Regularly review information and data collected to make sense of it for and to communicate about improving service outcomes.
  • Be guided by the tenet that all CCHP practices are oriented toward equity and justice for the health and well-being of the often-marginalized children and adults it serves.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Among the skills the CCHP is seeking from the Communication Specialist 1 are the following:

  • A history of evaluation, measurement, and survey work that embodies data collection, management, and helpful communications to individuals, communities, and programs.
  • Facility working with people who are often overburdened; are seeking simple, clear, and accessible guidance on achieving their goals; and benefit and learn from giving and receiving feedback.
  • Education, experience, and / or technical skills creating evaluation tools and data processing that inform coherent, useful messaging around performance improvement.
  • Excellent communication skills that gain trust with diverse, often disenfranchised people.
  • Creative abilities to implement social media, videos, and other communication methods that allow for dialogue with language-, culture-, and place-diverse communities.
  • Working knowledge of Office 365 tools, including Forms, Teams, Excel, and more.
  • Background in early learning and health- or public-health-related contexts.
  • Organizational skills, with a detail orientation and ability to work independently.
  • Washington State Driver's License and the ability to travel throughout Seattle and King County (post-COVID) to areas with limited public transportation to provide services.
  • Personal drive toward collaboration for inclusion, justice, and dismantling the barriers that advantage and privilege maintain to improve the health and opportunities for children, families, and child providers in underserved communities.
  • Ability to learn quickly from colleagues' information that you may not already know and also a willingness to share your relationships and knowledge with the Team to help them in their work in the community.
  • Openness to assist with early-child-care systems development in Seattle and King County through dialogue with other health consultants, families, child care providers, Department of Education and Early Learning partners, and others in the community.
  • An eagerness to learn about related CCHP topics on which you're not fully grounded.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  

Supplemental Information

  • This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing, and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to 
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools. Therefore, candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work. 
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions. 
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.
  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation. 
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law. 
  • The Public Health Division limits the use of scented personal products to protect fragrance-sensitive employees. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment. 
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.
Union Affiliation: This position is not represented by a union.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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