Communications Specialist II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on June 13, 2022
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King County International Airport (KCIA) / Boeing Field, among the nation's busiest primary non-hub airports, is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator (Communication Specialist II), providing an opportunity for talented leaders, team-builders, and communicators to serve the public and the environment of King County. The CS II role in KCIA is unique, as it will work with a wide variety of Airport staff and facilitate strong dialogue with our valued community partners. This recruitment will fill a vital role to assist the Airport in elevating our engagement with the many vibrant communities of which the Airport is a part. 
The Community Engagement Coordinator will be the point person for our community engagement activities and coordinate all meetings, communication, and events with community partners. This position will use their strong written and verbal communication skills to tell the Airport’s story in an engaging and dynamic way. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to use their experience with web-based tools to increase the Airport’s reach and engagement online. This position is vital to build upon the work already done to make the Airport open and responsive towards its community neighbors and a direct driver toward the County Executive’s goal of making King County a place where all people can thrive.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a communications and community organizing background to take their skills and have a meaningful impact at a dynamic public agency like KCIA.
 KCIA is one of the busiest primary non-hub airports in the nation. Located just four miles south of downtown Seattle, it averages nearly 200,000 aircraft operations each year. In 2001, it was named by the National Air Transportation Association as one of the "100 Most Needed Airports" in the United States.
 KCIA ranks among the most successful public investments in state history. The airport's annual economic impact is $3.5 billion - supporting more than 16,000 jobs and providing $1.8 billion in labor income in the county. The airport's 150 tenant businesses also directly support more than 5,000 jobs in the local economy. KCIA promotes the health of the aviation industry by establishing pipelines for employment and for employee development.
 As a public airport, KCIA serves small, commercial passenger airlines, cargo carriers, including UPS, private aircraft owners, helicopters, corporate jets, and military and other aircraft. It is also the final delivery center for the Boeing Company's 737 aircraft and serves as the company's military flight center along with other Boeing operations. The Museum of Flight is located at the airport with a wide variety of aircraft and exhibits showcasing aviation history. KCIA frequently is host to celebrities and dignitaries, including the President of the United States, who prefer Boeing Field because of its proximity to downtown Seattle and convenient connections to other business districts in the region. Due to its proximity to CenturyLink Field, T-Mobile Park, and other sports venues, many teams prefer to use KCIA when playing in Seattle. 
 To learn more about King County International Airport please visit
 As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.
 To learn more, please visit 
 King County has a strong and resilient economy and an environment where people and businesses can thrive. Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 2 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation.
 King County encompasses 39 cities and is truly an international destination, with more than 100 languages spoken in the region. More than 30 million tourists from all over the U.S. and the world visit King County every year. King County is home to the vibrant urban centers of Seattle and Bellevue, suburban areas, small towns, islands, and rural communities, as well as vast forests, spectacular mountains, glittering bodies of water, and productive farmlands. 
Cities in King County frequently appear on "Best Places to Live" lists and it is #34 on the 2017 Forbes "The Best Places for Business and Careers" List. As home to some of the world's most influential companies and industries, our leaders are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive economy that benefits all. In addition, King County government was named by Forbes as one of the nation's top 200 employers in 2016. Many King County communities have highly rated schools, nationally recognized restaurants, vibrant recreation, and numerous cultural opportunities. Housing options range from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condos to large country acreages. In King County, you'll find a community that suits you best, from urban neighborhoods, suburban developments with walkable amenities, to rustic rural settings.

  • Manage, develop, and/or support all airport-wide community engagement opportunities. 
  • Work with KCIA staff to develop and coordinate community meetings including scheduling, preparing presentations and documents, and attending meetings.
  • Attend community meetings, tenant meetings and events representing KCIA with or without other KCIA staff
  • Working closely with the Department’s Public Information Officers, update the KCIA website, capital program and project-specific webpages, publish social media and Next-Door posts, newsletter stories, and manage other information sharing tools
  • Develop and manage the community engagement software and GovDelivery for the Airport
  • Prepare presentations and flyers for community meetings and events
  • Represent the Airport at community meetings and events
  • Experience in developing and making presentations to a variety of audiences and ability to clearly communicate technical information, both in writing and orally.
  • Meeting, planning and facilitation skills, including setting agendas, leading productive work sessions, facilitating crucial conversations, and capturing and communicating outcomes.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with internal and external customers with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to provide clear, concise analysis of complex issues
  • Experience working with community-based organizations, community councils or other community groups
  • Robust technological skills managing and maintaining websites as well as using a variety of engagement platforms such as Zoom, Teams, online survey tools, data visualization tools
  • Intermediate to expert user of Microsoft tools such as Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Project
  • Be able to persevere and adapt as required, while juggling multiple projects, working in a multi-faceted, fast-paced and sometimes ambiguous environment. 
  • Self-starter with ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment.
  • Be a champion of LEAN processes and standard work. 
  • Is a champion for Equity & Social Justice. Understands that systematic racism and its long-term effects are pervasive in our society. Are comfortable having candid and sincere conversations with all staff and stakeholders about race and equity in our work.
  • Flexibility to work outside regular working hours (evenings/weekends) to accommodate community schedules and events.
  • OR any combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity with an airport and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) environment is a plus.
This opportunity is open to all applicants. A King County Application is required. We highly suggest that you include a resume and cover letter with your submission.
If you have any questions, please contact Brittney Marzest, by e-mail at  

Supplemental Information: 
This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.
This recruitment is an effort to fill our immediate vacancies as well as create a hire list that will be used for any positions that become vacant within the next 12 months.   

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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? 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? 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. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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