Communications Specialist III - CDIP

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on January 7, 2022
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Public Health is seeking a Communications Specialist III to serve as part of Public Health - Seattle & King County's Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section.

This position will be open continuous with the first review of applicants to take place January 22, 2022

Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last through December 31, 2022. However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. The County and the Department continue to work to secure long term funding sources.  

This vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity.

For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employees in King County who have completed their initial County probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment. 

This role will support internal and external communications for the Section, as well as support all the Section’s units: Asthma Health Education Program; Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health; Communities of Opportunity (COO) programs; Healthy Eating, Active Living; Healthy and Safe Environments; Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program; Tobacco, Vapor, and Youth Marijuana Prevention; and Violence and Injury Prevention.

We are looking for candidates with excellent writing skills along with a variety of communications experiences. This is not an entry level position, and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate significant professional experience with some or all of these skills and qualifications:

  • Using innovative and established social media tools to promote health; 
  • graphics and design skills; 
  • storytelling and editing skills; 
  • abilities to write and otherwise communicate in languages in addition to English; 
  • knowledge of and experience with writing and working for media, particularly ethnic media; 
  • experience working in communications in the government sector, preferably public health; 
  • skills involving summarizing, synthesizing and presenting technical information; 
  • ability and comfort with oral and written presentation; 
  • videography skills. 
Successful candidates will have a high degree of integrity, trustworthiness, a commitment to quality peer relationships, as well as a passion for the health and well-being of all King County residents. The work is highly collaborative working across the Section. We welcome applicants with the ability to work independently along with the capability to learn on the fly in a fast-paced environment.

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 and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Who May Apply: 

 This full-time Term-Limited Temporary position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work Schedule: 

 This position works Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
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 that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

Job Duties

Develop multi-media content that seeks to sustain and build the section’s social media capacity, using tools such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Develop and use visual communications tools and techniques to increase the effectiveness of messages. Create graphics for social media and other uses. Shoot and edit short videos. Promote social media tools to the public. Develop and/or run campaigns, using Facebook Manager. Monitor and respond to comments, analyze sentiment.

Create written content: Solicit and develop content from program staff; write original content; utilize images, photos, and videos to engage audiences. Create materials, including news releases, fact sheets, educational materials, policy messaging, website content and other formats. Plan, write, and edit for our public-facing blog (

Develop communication strategies for health communications to impact diverse populations’ understanding and behaviors associated chronic disease and injury prevention. Work in cooperation and coordination with subject matter experts throughout the Section and in other agencies.

Serve as a public information officer. Develop media engagement strategies with regional community and ethnic media; write talking points, identify and train spokespeople, work with existing staff to gain earned media with ethnic media outlets. Write news releases and speaking points, coordinate online media events, field media inquiries, and serve as spokesperson. Develop strategic messaging and approaches to address emerging media questions and concerns.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • An understanding of and passion for public health and our institutional mission to improve the health and well-being of our residents; experience working in diverse communities;
  • Background in education, communications, English, journalism, marketing, public health, public administration, or a related field or comparable experience;
  • Skills in synthesizing and communicating health and science information in writing, orally, and visually to a variety of audiences including policy makers, communities of color and language communities;
  • Skilled in producing news releases, fact sheets and/or educational materials utilizing Microsoft Office Suite products, WordPress and/or other blogging platforms; experience in SharePoint and Teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and assess the communication needs of targeted audiences and determine the best communication methods and tools;
  • Expertise with developing, tracking, and adjusting scopes of work, workplans, and budgets;
  • Experience managing multiple contracts in compliance with regulations (such as maintaining records related to project’s use of funding);
  • Knowledge of communications principles, methods, and materials; and
  • Demonstrated ability to act in a tactful and diplomatic manner with diverse groups.  

 Desired experiences and qualifications: 

  • Bilingual in English and another language spoken by significant numbers of King County immigrant groups; 
  • Significant expertise in health promotion via a variety of channels including social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, blogs or other social media tools;
  • Significant demonstrated ability to create and use graphics and photography for story-telling and to effectively engage audiences in content; experience developing infographics; videography experience; 
  • Understanding of working effectively with news media; 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with ethnic media in King County;
  • Science or health education experience; and/or
  • An advanced degree in a related field, or a combination of significant, relevant experience and education in public communications or journalism, preferably in a public health or health-related field. 

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).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

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.
Application process:

Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  1. An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  2. Responses to supplemental questions.
  3. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae 
  4. Attach a cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements. 
Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
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.
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a 6 months.
Union affiliation:


For more information about the application process please contact Mark Lacy at

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.

Do you have experience identifying and assessing the communication needs of targeted audiences and determining the best communication methods and tools to reach them?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered Yes to question #1, Please describe your experience with this and limit your response to 1 - 2 paragraphs. If you answered No, then type N/A.
Do you have experience communicating health and science information in writing, orally, and/or visually to a variety of audiences including journalists, communities of color and/or language communities?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered Yes to question #3, Please describe your experience with this and limit your response to 1 - 2 paragraphs. If you answered No, then type N/A.
The goal of this position is to reach people disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases and unintentional injuries. In 1 – 2 paragraphs, explain how your professional-level skills can help us reach and communicate with our priority audiences.
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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